August 4, 2006

Rosenblum remembered for decades of devotion to patients

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Sol Rosenblum, M.D.

Rosenblum remembered for decades of devotion to patients

Sol A. Rosenblum, M.D., a longtime Vanderbilt physician with a reputation for dedication to patient care, died July 30 at his home in Nashville at age 80.

Dr. Rosenblum, who opened a clinical practice in the Medical Arts Building in 1955 with older brother Marvin Jonas Rosenblum, M.D., made many contributions to the field of medicine while working as a practicing physician at Vanderbilt.

“He was a great teacher who practiced internal medicine for 45 years at the Vanderbilt University Hospital,” Marvin Rosenblum said Tuesday. “He was very well informed and the residents and interns were very pleased; they learned a lot.

“He was very pleasant. Everybody was very fond of him. He was cordial, very giving.”

Hired as a clinical instructor at Vanderbilt on July 1, 1960, Dr. Rosenblum was later named as an assistant clinical professor (1992) and associate clinical professor (2000).

“Sol Rosenblum was one of Nashville's most beloved internists and a friend to many here at Vanderbilt,” said Eric G. Neilson, M.D., Morgan Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine.

“He was a kind friend of his patients and will be remembered for his gentle way with sick people who trusted his judgment and care.”

Dr. Rosenblum’s kindness also made an impact on John Sergent, M.D., vice chair for Education.

“Sol always put his patients and their needs first. I will remember him, though, for the grace and courage he displayed while dealing with his cancer,” he said.

Born in Nashville, May 8, 1926, Dr. Rosenblum attended Schwab Elementary School and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1943.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was discharged honorably as a radioman. He received his B.S. from the University of Tennessee in 1949 and went on to complete medical school there in 1951.

He completed his residency in internal medicine at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago in 1952 and then served a fellowship in cardiology (1952-53) and hematology (1953-54).

He returned to Nashville in 1956, where he practiced internal medicine in the Medical Arts Building until 2000. During this time he also remained actively involved with clinical and teaching affiliations at Vanderbilt. He also served as a part-time attending in the outpatient clinics at the Veterans Administration Hospital beginning in 1993.

He was a member of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Chest Physicians, the Nashville Academy of Medicine, the Tennessee Medical Association, and the Nashville Society of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Rosenblum was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Adler Rosenblum. He is survived by three daughters: Jami Rubens, Jill Garcia and Jo Anne Rosenblum; grandchildren, Jacob, Jonathan, Jared, Madeline, Stephanie, Thomas, Sydney and Simon; a sister, Eva R. Mendelsohn; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held Monday at the K.K.S.I. Cemetery. Contributions may be made to an educational institution of your choice by calling Marshall Donnelly-Combs funeral home at 327-1111.