Bernard L. Segal
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Bernard L. Segal
Palm Beach - Bernard L. Segal, MD, FACC, Cardiologist, of Villanova, PA and Palm Beach, FL, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 in Palm Beach, FL after a brief illness, surrounded by his family, at age 91. He is survived by his beloved spouse, Idajane Fischman Segal, cherished daughter, Jody Segal Reinbold (Kirk), and precious grandchildren, Darby and Pierce.
Dr. Segal was born in Montreal, Canada during the great depression to Russian immigrants. He received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees from McGill University in Montreal. He was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and graduated with honors in 1955.
Dr. Segal completed his internship at Jewish General Hospital in Montreal and completed his first year of residency at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. His second year of residency was completed at Beth Israel Hospital of Harvard University, under Paul Zoll, MD, who developed the pacemaker. Dr. Segal then completed a one-year Cardiology fellowship at Georgetown Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health under the tutelage of W. Proctor Harvey, MD and Eugene Braunwald, MD. While in Washington, Dr. Harvey introduced him to William Likoff, MD, who asked Dr. Segal to join him in practice but agreed to wait because Dr. Segal had already accepted a position at St. George's Hospital in London, England as a U.S. Public Health Fellow. At St. George's, he furthered his post doctoral training under two of the leading cardiologists of his day, Aubrey Leatham, MD and Paul Wood, MD.
Dr. Segal returned to Philadelphia where he spent 24 years with Dr. Likoff at Hahnemann University Hospital and was later appointed Chief of Cardiology. He went on to develop the successful Philadelphia Heart Institute at Presbyterian Medical Center. After Dr. Segal spent 10 years at Presbyterian, Allegheny University persuaded him to move his entire faculty to develop a new cardiovascular network and serve as their Senior Vice President.
In 1998, Dr. Segal and his faculty joined Thomas Jefferson University, where he served for ten years as Director of the Division of Cardiology. In 2010 through his Foundation, he endowed the Bernard L. Segal Chair in Clinical Cardiology at Jefferson.
He retired in 2016 after practicing medicine for over 60 years. He helped pioneer modern cardiology as a physician, investigator and educator. His 12 books and 375 scientific papers established him firmly in the vanguard of cardiology.
Dr. Segal has served on the editorial boards of several medical journals. He was a member of Philadelphia County Medical Society PAMED and Fellow and Emeritus member of the American College of Cardiology, where he served on many committees as well as their Board of Trustees. Dr. Segal is also past Fellow of the American Heart Association; the American College of Physicians; and the Laennec Society.
Dr. Segal has been recognized with many honors during his outstanding career, most recently the Strittmatter Award, presented by the Philadelphia County Medical Society in 2015.
Medicine was not just a career, but a sacred calling to Dr. Segal. When he wasn't practicing, he was researching the latest advancement and strategizing how to put it in practice and bring it to his current institution. A true visionary with an entrepreneurial spirit, his philanthropy brought many programs and innovations in Cardiology to the Philadelphia area.
It could be said that Philanthropy was his second calling; he had no true hobbies. Although he did learn to play golf in his later years and appreciated a good wine, they never compared to his passion for Medicine. He lived his life in service to others. His heartfelt empathy for patients and his medical acumen earned Dr. Segal a reputation as one of the finest cardiologists in the country, and one of the most beloved physicians among his patients and staff.
Funeral service and burial will be private, officiated by Rabbi Jon Cutler, Beth Israel Congregation of Chester County. Shiva will be observed on Tuesday, February 16, 7PM via Zoom. Contact Joseph Levine & Sons for details.
In lieu of flowers and other tangible expressions of sympathy, the family asks that memorial donations be made to your charity of choice. Memorial tributes and messages of condolences may be sent to the family through Joseph Levine and Sons.
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Published by Palm Beach Daily News from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14, 2021.
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Dear IdaJane and Family
I was so sorry to read about Dr. Segal's passing in the Jewish Exponent. I worked for Likoff-Segal practice from 1974-1981 and then moved to Hahnemann University, President's Office working for Dr. Likoff until his passing. Dr. Segal was a wonderful doctor, caring human being and had a great sense of humor!. I remember one day when you came to the office with your little schnauzer? dog, and Dr. Segal took the dog into the exam room and introduced him as his new associate to his patient.. We all had a good laugh! He would walk into the office a little late sometimes, and announced to the patients "you're all late". I enjoyed working for Dr. Segal, as he was caring and compassionate. About 5 years ago I was visiting Philly and stopped in to say hello to Dr. Segal at his office in Jefferson and we had a nice chat talking about old times. He looked the same. I'm sure he will be sorely missed. My condolences to you, Jodi and her family. I am now living in Boynton Beach, Florida.
Lois Bennett
Coworker
February 27, 2021
I am sending my deepest condolences to the Segal family. I was a patient of Dr. Segal for many years. He was not only an amazing, thorough and brilliant cardiologist but such a kind, compassionate and caring man. He was always there for me through my treatment both medically and personally caring. I've missed him since he retired and I always will. His memories will live in all of us.
Linda Sandler
February 22, 2021
My deepest condolences to Bernie's family and Idajane who I considered my friends long before I became his patient 30 years ago. Mack Emanuel
February 21, 2021
My condolences to the family. My father, Aaron Kauffman, was a patient initially of Dr. William Likoff, and became one of Dr. Segal's first patients at Hahnemann. My father lived decades longer than anyone would have imagined thanks to the loving care from Dr. Segal.

Dr. Segal became a mentor for me as I had an interest in pursuing a medical career. He arranged for me to do research at Hahnemann while I was in college. He was always available to give me advise and encouragement. He was one of the main reasons that I too became a cardiologist.

He will deeply be missed
Gary Kauffman MD FACC
February 21, 2021
Bernie was my Chief at Presbyterian and then later again at Jefferson. He was kind and helpful to me in challenging times and sought nothing in return. However, my eternal gratitude remains and my sincere condolences to his family.
Jack Garden
Student
February 20, 2021
hyman reisler
February 17, 2021
Dearest IJ and family
Our deepest heart felt and sincere condolences on your loss of Bernie.This is the end of an era, of great clinical cardiologists. Bernie was the best teacher by far at our Montreal hospital.
I tried to say a few words at the Shiva last nite but somehow my name did not come up. We feel fortunate to have had both of you as our friends for so many years. Bernie and I graduated together in 1950. I will send you a pic of that. The memories will live on in our hearts. May you be blessed with fondest memories and good health. Love ya Hy n Willy
February 17, 2021
To Mrs. Segal and family-

Please accept my deepest condolences to you and your family during this time. Dr. Segal was a kind-hearted man and he will be missed by us all. Please know that you and your entire family are in my closest thoughts and prayers. May peace and comfort be with you during this difficult time.

With much love, The Dinh family
Lisa Dinh
February 15, 2021
Dr. Segal was my cardiologist for over 40 years. He was a brilliant practitioner with extensive knowledge of cardiology and was a caring, kind gentleman. I was his last patient before he retired and I will forever be grateful for his outstanding care. My condolences to his family.
Irene Eizen
irene eizen
February 12, 2021
I never met Dr. Segal, but my heartfelt sympathies go to Jody and Kirk and the children. A remarkable legacy!
Kathleen Addlesperger
February 12, 2021
Ida Jane.... Our heartfelt Sympathies ... Bernie in many ways saved my life and I will be ever grateful. He was not only a great Doctor, you both were a great friend to me when I needed it. Nick and I thank him from the bottom of our hearts! May he rest in peace.

Sally Epstein-Piccone/Nick Piccone
February 12, 2021
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