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RE: The Passing of Carlton G. Purvis, DPM


Carlton G. Purvis, DPM, age 71, passed away peacefully at his home Saturday morning, August 3, 2019. Dr. Purvis received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his externship and residency and moved to Rocky Mount, NC., and opened his podiatric practice in 1976.


Dr. Carlton Purvis


Dr. Purvis was always at the forefront of his profession, holding countless leadership positions including President of the North Carolina Foot & Ankle Society and President of the North Carolina Board of Podiatry Examiners. He served the greater Rocky Mount area with dedication for over 40 years before retiring in 2016. Purvis-Moyer Foot & Ankle Center continues his tradition of excellence with his business partner and friend Dr. Peter Moyer, his daughter Dr. Jennifer Purvis, and his exceptional office staff.

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Dr. Donick had a nickname, “double”. The reason was that whatever you thought was possible to get done in podiatry, Dr. Donick’s efforts would result in twice as much being accomplished. I remember like it was yesterday. I interviewed for the Maryland residency in 1972. He addressed the 12 of us who were interviewing for the 4 spots. He told us he could take 5 if we all agreed to receive 80% of the salary. Of course, we all agreed. When I began the program, we in fact had 5 slots. All 5 were fully salaried. Monday night lectures at Dr. Donick’s home were intense and full of practical information. Barbara would provide one of her cakes every week, always a treat! His memory will truly be a blessing.


Bruce Lebowitz, DPM (retired), Baltimore, MD



From: Kenneth Hatch, DPM


I had the good fortune to be selected in 1975 for the Maryland podiatric residency program founded by Dr. Irv Donick. It was one of the most sought after programs in the country. Irv was a tireless mentor and advocate for our profession. Every Monday evening, we attended a lecture held at his home. Topics covered many medical specialties, professional liability, office design, and insurance - both medical and personal. He covered it all and had the top people in multiple fields as guest lecturers. When I entered private practice, he volunteered to help me design my first office. Since then, many of us owe much of their success to people like Irv Donick who had the vision and passion to move our profession forward. My very best to his family. He will be missed but not forgotten.  


Kenneth Hatch, DPM, Annapolis, MD



From: Mark H. Sugar, DPM, Joel A Feder, DPM


I echo Steve Berlin's statements and sentiments of Dr. Donick. For us Maryland podiatrists, Dr. Donick offered weekly lectures at his home which were informative and allowed us a fraternal camaraderie much like during my residency at Kern. He made podiatry fun and interesting and I remember him as friendly and approachable. He will be missed.  


Mark H. Sugar, DPM (retired)


It is a mournful day to recognize the passing of a true podiatric giant- Irv Donick. His warm smile and concern for all is a model every person should follow. He was an outstanding pioneer for our profession. It was an honor to be his fraternity brother in CHRAA.


Joel A Feder, DPM (retired) Sarasota, FL



RE: The Passing of Irv Donick, DPM


I am sorry to have to inform you of the passing of Dr. Irv Donick yesterday in Baltimore. Irv was not only my partner in practice for almost a half century but a very dear friend. He was a very significant icon in the podiatric profession for many years as being very active in establishing hospital privileges for podiatrists in Maryland and was the major individual in establishing a very successful residency program for podiatrists in Maryland. He also helped to obtain Blue Shield for podiatry. For those of you who did not know Irv, he even started a program at one of the junior colleges for training assistants, leading to an AA degree. He also wrote a book about the podiatry assistant.   


Dr. Irv Donick


I could go on and on about the life of Irv Donick. I am sure many of you can also have things to add. He is survived by his wife Barbara and his 3 kids and 11 grandchildren. Irv was also honored by the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine as he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the College. He also received many other awards over his time and all were well deserved. The podiatric profession will greatly miss him. It is individuals like Irv who have helped to make podiatry a great profession. I certainly will miss him but the memories will always be there.   


Steven J Berlin, DPM



RE: The Passing of Edward Philip Epstein, DPM


Edward Philip Epstein, 76, of Tampa, died July 26. He attended the NY College of Podiatric Medicine. During this time, he also worked as a jazz musician and was in the orchestra of several Broadway shows. 


In 1968, he enlisted in the Army Medical Corp, serving in Vietnam, the South Pacific, and the U.S., eventually earning the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was a member of the American Legion, Jewish War Veterans and Scottish Rite of Freemasons. His podiatric practice served Bradford, PA for 30 years.


Source: Jewish Press of Tampa [8/10/20]



From: Billy Dabdoub, DPM


I first met Dr. David Spring when I started practice in Louisiana in August of 1981. He was very active in the state and nationally. He was one of the LPMA board members that asked me to become a state board member in LA. He also was very active politically in the state and introduced me to what role politics played in the way we as podiatrist could practice. He will be missed.  


Billy Dabdoub, DPM, Slidell, LA



RE: The Passing of David Arthur Spring, DPM


I was saddened to learn of the passing of a close friend and colleague David Spring, DPM. He was a past president of the Louisiana Podiatric Medical Association and a past member of the Council on Podiatric Medical Education.


Dr. David Spring


Dave was always a mentor to young podiatrists who were starting to practice and will be missed by all who knew him.


John E. George, DPM



RE: The Passing of Frank Archie Caster, DPM


Dr. Frank (Bud) Archie Caster, 97, of Tallahassee, Florida, died Monday, July 27, 2020. Frank learned difficult life lessons during the Great Depression and during World War II. A Sergeant in the 15th Air Force, 485th Heavy Bombardment Group, 830th Bomb Squadron, after the war, Frank returned to school and became a podiatrist, like his big brother Milton and favorite uncle Max. He held numerous positions in the New Jersey Podiatry Society.


Dr. Frank Caster


For thirty-five years, he lived and worked (and played golf) in Princeton and Hightstown, New Jersey earning every joyful day of his retired life of leisure in Florida. 


Source: Tallahassee Democrat [7/29/20]




Barry was my friend for almost half a century. He was a quiet hero. He was always happy to hear from you with a big hello. He and his wife Stephanie were always gracious and generous. Barry was never argumentative. He had his opinions like everyone, but never insisted he was right. An often used expression he implemented in conversation was “You are right.” I try to use that with patients. He was an excellent podiatrist with a big following and his patients loved him.


He was humble and kind and very popular; in fact over 70 people attended his Zoom funeral. He was a real mensch, and left us too soon. Rest In Peace Ralphie Boy.


Neal Houslanger, DPM



RE: The Passing of Geoffrey Bergman, DPM


Dr. Geoffrey Bergman passed away on July 21, 2020 in San Diego, CA, at the age of 76. He received the degree of Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco. He practiced as a podiatrist in Alexandria, LA for 41 years.


Dr. Geoffrey Bergman


Geoff was a SciFi aficionado, a history buff, a scholar of Torah, and an avid fan of Bob Dylan and classic rock


Source: The Town Talk [7/28/20]



From: Elliot Udell, DPM


I have fond memories of Barry Rudin. He initially practiced in Nassau County Long Island and we were both on the executive board of the Nassau County division of the New York State Podiatric Medical Association. He was a dedicated community leader and never had a bad thing to say about anyone. He got along with everyone. He was missed when he moved to Florida. Recently, we met up in Florida when I lectured at the annual SAM conference. We reminisced about old times. He was a good person. 


Elliot Udell, DPM, Hicksville, NY




I would like to extend my condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Barry Rudin. I met Barry many years ago when he took over the practice of my father, Sheldon Langer, DPM in Plainview, NY - located in the house where I grew up. My father had the utmost confidence in Barry and was pleased to trust the health of his patients to him.


Paul S. Langer




It's always sad to hear about the passing of a classmate. Lee was a gentleman and a scholar. The profession has lost another good man. My condolences to his family.


Kenneth Goldstein, DPM, Buffalo, NY


We were classmates (ICPM 76) and he was truly a gentleman and a scholar. He flew down to Texas at his own expense to be a groomsman at our wedding. He had a tremendous positive influence on all his friends and students. Our lives are better for having him be a part of it. RIP brother. 


Billy Westbrook, DPM, Longview, TX



RE: The Passing of Barry Alan Rudin, DPM


It is my sad task of informing you that Barry Rudin, DPM, of the NYCPM Class of 1976 has passed away. He was not only a beloved husband and father as well as  grandfather, he was my beloved friend of almost 48 years.


Dr. Barry Rudin


His legacy will be his kindness to others. His legacy to podiatry will be that he always did right by his patients. His patients loved him. He was a true credit to our profession. He will be missed. With tears,


Larry Kobak, DPM, Esq., NYCPM Class of 1976




I had the privilege to train as a resident under Dr. Zielsdorf in the late '90s. He was a talented clinician and surgeon who was adored by his patients. He started his career back when podiatrists were not allowed on staff at many hospitals. When the small hospital that he practiced at closed,  he and his partner (Dr. Charles Witt) successfully sued the larger hospitals in town  to gain staff privileges. They worked hard to win the acceptance of the staff doctors and their practice continued to thrive. Dr. Zielsdorf was always easy going; a hard day in the clinic or surgery was usually followed by a cold beer at a local watering hole. He trained externs and residents for over 25 years. He will be missed by many.


Jason Serpe, DPM, Bourbonnais, IL



RE: The Passing of Lee Zielsdorf, DPM


Dr. Lee M. Zielsdorf, 77, of Bourbonnais, IL passed away on July 19, 2020. Lee was a Vietnam Veteran, serving with the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971. 


Dr. Lee Zielsdorf


After his discharge from the Army, he attended the Podiatric Medical School in Chicago, earning his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Degree in 1976. After completing his surgical residency, he joined the practice of Dr. Charles Witt in Bourbonnais. He retired from this partnership in 2001 and moved to Arizona.


Source: Daily Journal [7/22/20]




I am so sorry to learn of Dr. Lewis’ passing. He was actually my father’s podiatrist and I did a short private office clerkship in his office during my senior year at CCPM when visiting family in Cleveland. He was a kind and gentle person whom my father and I both admired and respected. His contribution as a podiatrist and a human could not be over-estimated.


Neil H Hecht, DPM, Tarzana, CA



RE: The Passing of Rose Mattioli, DPM


The co-founder of Pocono Raceway, Dr. Rose Mattioli passed away at home Monday in the company of family at 92 years old. Dr. Mattioli and her late husband Dr. Joseph “Doc” Mattioli founded the Pocono Raceway in 1968 and it is still a community icon today. They are known for their contributions to their community including donations that were often anonymous and unprompted. 


Dr. Rose Mattioli


Dr. Rose was particularly known for helping women to contribute to motorsports and be involved in an industry that wasn’t very welcoming to them. She graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine in 1952 and started her podiatry practice while Joseph started his dental practice, both in Philadelphia.


Source: WBRE/WYOU [6/30/20]



RE: The Passing of Irving M. Lewis, DPM


I am saddened to announce the passing of Irving M. Lewis, DPM on June 26, 2020 at the age of 83. Dr. Lewis graduated from OCPM in 1960 and was in private practice for over 50 years in Cleveland, Ohio. He was an adjunct faculty member at OCPM (now KSUCPM) and helped train and mentor countless podiatrists and residents.


Dr. Irving Lewis


He was Board Certified by the ABFAS and on the surgical staff at many Cleveland area hospitals. Later in life, he became a mohel and was well-known in the Cleveland Jewish community.


Roger L. Friedman, DPM, Westlake, OH




Robbie, as everyone affectionately called him was one of the first people I met 35 years ago. At that time, we had both arrived in Florida after completing our residency programs in California. Under the tutelage of Dr. Barry Scurran during residency, he developed a strong interest in podopediatrics and authored a chapter in the first edition of Foot and Ankle Trauma. Together with his close former college friend, he developed a very successful multispecialty orthopedic practice in Weston, focusing on pediatric sports medicine and injuries. Robbie was a solid academician who read incessantly and a tremendously talented surgeon who treated and operated on an endless number of high level high school and college athletes. He was an arthroscopic wizard, willing to share his surgical talents with residents- but only if they earned it.


Yet with all of the above, he had time to train religiously as a body builder, entering and placing in several competitions. As a philanthropist, Rob was extremely involved with the community of Weston as well as Ft. Lauderdale, raising money for countless charitable causes. His motto was “always make sure to give more than you get.” Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his five beautiful children and wonderful wife Joanna and family. Robbie, you left much too soon and will be sorely missed by your colleagues, friends, and patients.


Michael M Cohen, DPM, Davie, FL




I first met Robert Sheinberg 40 years ago at NYCPM where he excelled as a student. We have practiced in the same Florida community for the past 25 years. He was a brilliant, well respected, and very talented physician. He was extremely philanthropic as he and his wife helped establish the local "Y". His passing happened way too soon and he will be missed by his family, friends, patients, and community. Very sad.


Eric Weinstein, DPM, Weston, FL



RE: The Passing of Richard E. Hansen, DPM


Richard Edward Hansen, 95, of Reno, Nevada died peacefully on January 23, 2020 at home. Rich was a bombardier for the Army Air Corps, flying in B-29s off of Tinian in the Pacific Ocean during WWII. He flew 23 missions earning a Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with oak leaf clusters, and a Bronze Star.


Dr. Richard Hansen


Using the GI Bill, he graduated from the California College of Podiatric Medicine. After moving to Reno in 1960, he practiced podiatry in Reno and Sparks for 30 years. 


Source: Reno Journal-Gazette and Mason Valley News [6/18/20]




I had the pleasure and honor of helping to train Dr. Sheinberg while he was in Pittsburgh. He was intelligent, a hard worker, and a caring resident. His biggest contribution was his contagious positive outlook on life. My thoughts go out to his family and he will be missed.


Samuel S. Mendicino, DPM, Houston, TX



RE: The Passing of Robert Sheinberg, DPM


I'm saddened to report the passing of my good friend, Dr. Robert Sheinberg. Our friendship began in 1977 as counselors at sleep-away camp (Lakota) in upstate NY. We later attended NYCPM and graduated together in 1986. Robbie did his residency training in Pittsburgh and San-Francisco and eventually settled in Weston, Florida, where he had been in practice ever since.


Dr. Robert Sheinberg


Robbie was an extraordinary athlete, tremendous coach, champion body-builder, and outstanding foot and ankle surgeon. He was certainly a great friend to many, but most of all, his family was the most special to him. Whenever we spoke, the conversation always turned to his love and pride for his wife Joanna and his 5 children. His big smile and enthusiasm will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, Robbie.


Andrew Shapiro, DPM, Lido Beach, NY




I arrived in AL in 1973, just out of residency. Soon after, Stan Rosen befriended me, and took me to a Birmingham MIS meeting hosted by Abe Plon and Al Brown. Stan Rosen and the Academy CHANGED MY LIFE! Six months into practice, I became dismayed by the open traditional hackery that caused such pain and disability. I thought that there must be a better way. I found it under the guidance of Stan and the Academy.


Stan was my Earl Nightingale, always encouraging, a patient teacher, and giver of himself, sometimes to his own detriment. Thanks Stan, best regards to Joni and the girls. See you up there buddy!


Ed Behmer, DPM, Huntsville AL

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