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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

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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 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]



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]



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]




I had the distinct honor of being trained by this great man during my PSR-24 a few decades ago. I remember how excited I was when I found out I secured a position in his program! Just as I had hoped, it was a fantastic experience. He was a wonderful, patient teacher with a true love for the profession. Dr. Mercado made surgery fun and never rushed his residents through cases. He was a class act and I feel very fortunate to have known him and worked with him. God bless you Doc.


Cynthia S. Ferrelli, DPM, NMD, Williamsville, NY



RE: The Passing of Orlando Arloch Mercado, DPM

I was very saddened to hear of the loss Dr. Orlando Arioch Mercado or for those who knew him, Dr. Harry Mercado. Harry was a terrific individual, sincere, always friendly, warm, and a superb educator with excellent communication skills. He really loved to teach and it did not matter whether he was engaging a student, resident, or a highly skilled physician. He taught many podiatrists through residency education and by lecturing and major seminars. He also had a talent in the early years of doing surgical videos. With condolences to his family, friends, and all the professionals he has touched. 


Steven Kravitz, DPM, Winston-Salem, NC



RE: The Passing of Orlando Arloch Mercado, DPM

“Harry” was an absolutely brilliant but un-self-aggrandizing person, and an incredible educator. More importantly, as a friend he was just the sweetest and nicest person you could meet, who would do anything for you if asked. He also was a totally amazing artist and medical illustrator. If you’re old enough to remember CIBA Pharmaceuticals, Harry was definitely the Frank H. Netter of podiatry. He’ll be sorely missed.

My condolences to his beloved family, and may he R.I.P.


Arthur Gudeon, DPM, Rego Park, NY



RE: The Passing of Orlando Arloch Merado, DPM

I was fortunate enough to spend a month or two in the fall of 1980 with Dr. Mercado. He was an exceptionally kind and generous man to both the students and residents and one of the best teachers I had in podiatry school. He was an incredible surgeon and had "The" gift of communication bar none with everyone he interacted with. 

His rotation was one of the most sought after at ICPM, and it was for those aforementioned reasons. His residents were chosen based on their similar scholarship and compassion to those attributes he demonstrated. Thus he ensured that the next generation of podiatrists would continue to provide his incredible attributes. May he rest in peace.


Paul Kesselman, DPM, Woodside, NY 


Even knowing that it comes to us all, when the great ones fall it is hard to take. I was absolutely blessed to have Dr. Mercado as an instructor and in clinics during my time at ICPM. I would be shocked if anyone said differently. Though he taught and demanded excellence in patient care, he was kind, a truly sweet man. An artist on paper, he had surgery gifts very few possess and  was just a wonderful mentor. My sympathy and prayers go out to his family.


Michael Lawrence, DPM, Chattanooga, TN



RE: The Passing of Orlando Arloch Merado, DPM

I had the privilege of knowing “Harry” (what his close friends called Orlando) for most of my career. We worked together on many a conference, articles, and panels over the years. He was a class act, who loved his profession of podiatric surgery. Anyone who was fortunate to know, be taught, or just read his books are better because of that experience. He touched a lot of lives in the podiatric medical profession and his legacy will stay alive for years to come.

Rest In Peace my friend. May his memory be a blessing to his family and all who knew him.


Tilden H Sokoloff, MD, DPM, Ketchum, ID


As a former Franklin Blvd. resident of Harry Mercado, I would like to send my condolences to his family. Harry was a very giving, talented, and dedicated podiatrist who truly lived the podiatry dream. Dr. Mercado gave me a chance to become a well-trained podiatrist and for that I will forever be thankful to him. Throughout his career, Dr. Mercado always took the time to make sure his residents were well-trained.


One of his favorite lines in surgery was that surgeons had to learn good table manners. That meant every instrument had to be in its correct place on the table and neat and tidy. To this day, I have practiced my “good” table manners while in surgery. Rest in peace Harry; you deserve it.


Ivar E. Roth DPM, MPH, Newport Beach, CA



RE: The Passing of Orlando Arloch Merado, DPM

OA Mercado was a legend. I’d recommend all to share an hour and re-listen to a 2013 Meet the Masters interview with this true Renaissance man. He was an artist, surgeon and an incredible educator who truly made a difference in our profession. Listen to O A Mercado, DPM from Meet the Masters on Apple Podcasts. 

Bret Ribotsky, DPM, Boca Raton, FL

He was a great teacher and just a great podiatric physician. His personality and wisdom will be missed!


Jerry Peterson, DPM, West Linn, OR


As a student, resident, and young practitioner, I had many resources to teach me the art of foot surgery but none better than Dr. Mercado's 2 volumes - An Atlas of Foot Surgery. The magic was in the simplicity of his presentation. Only a true genius could take complex topics and explain them is such a clear, straightforward manner. As an educator, I can tell you that there are more high-tech ways of teaching, but none better than the gift that Dr. Mercado gave to his beloved profession. We lost a good man. RIP.


Greg Caringi, DPM, Lansdale, PA



RE: The Passing of Orlando Arioch Mercado, DPM


On February 23, 2020, God called upon the kind soul of Dr. O. A. Mercado. For 55 years, he practiced podiatric medicine and surgery and was a world-renowned foot and ankle surgeon, professor, lecturer, author, illustrator, and educational video presenter. 


Dr. Orlando Mercado


Note: Dr. Mercado "Harry" was the 6th podiatrist inducted into the Podiatry Management Podiatry Hall of Fame.


Source: via Dr. Robert Steinberg



RE: The Passing of Theresa Guidici Conroy, DPM


Theresa Guidici Conroy, 88, of Roxborough, a podiatrist in Philadelphia and one of the region’s earliest female practitioners in the specialty, died Wednesday, April 29, of breast cancer at her home. In 1954, she earned a podiatric medical degree from what is now Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine.


Dr. Theresa Conroy


Dr. Conroy was the first female president of the Pennsylvania Podiatric Medical Association. In 1989, Dr. Conroy was elected to the American Podiatric Medical Association’s board of trustees. She served in that role for a decade, and as the organization’s treasurer.


Source: Bonnie L. Cook, The Philadelphia Inquirer [5/4/20]



RE: The Passing of Lloyd B. Steinberg, DPM


We are saddened to report the passing of Lloyd B. Steinberg, DPM of Ocala, FL. Lloyd, age 84, practiced podiatric medicine and surgery for over 50 years and was the first in the area to receive hospital privileges. Lloyd was a strong advocate of the continued advancement of this specialty and took great pride in seeing the role we now play in the healthcare system. 


Dr. Lloyd Steinberg


Lloyd was the son of podiatric great Marvin Steinberg, DPM, and was the father of two currently practicing members of our profession, Paul Steinberg, DPM (Ocala, FL) and John Steinberg, DPM (Washington DC). Lloyd led a life of kindness and fulfillment. He passed with dignity, peace, and so much love. He will be very missed.


John Steinberg, DPM and Paul Steinberg, DPM



RE: The Passing of Neil Blatt, DPM


I’m devastated and heartbroken to learn that my old friend Neil Blatt just passed due to complications from that terrible, nasty COVID-19 virus.


Dr. Neil Blatt


He was an active Queens Division member, colleague at our local hospitals, great practitioner, super family man, and just a sweet fun-loving guy. We’ll so miss him at our meetings and dinners. R.I.P. my old friend.


Art Gudeon, DPM, Rego Park, NY



RE: The Passing of Thomas Stevens, DPM

Dr. Thomas Stevens, 82, of Clearwater, passed away March 28, 2020. He received his doctorate from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. He later moved, with his wife, to Toronto for all of his professional career, before retiring to Florida in 1989.

Source: Tampa Bay Times [4/5/20]



RE: The Passing of Alvin L. Green, DPM


Dr. Alvin Green passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on March 24, 2020 at the age of 90. Dr. Green then spent two years of active duty in the United States Army, stationed at Fort Hood, TX. Upon returning to Philadelphia, he opened a successful private practice in podiatric medicine, enjoying the ensuing 58 years providing expert care and compassion to his patients.


Additionally, Dr. Green developed and oversaw a podiatry residency program at Parkview Hospital, while simultaneously teaching surgery at the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine. Upon moving to Jacksonville, FL in 1986, Dr. Green worked part-time in private practice while volunteering for Volunteers in Medicine. The final chapter of his rewarding career was spent as a part-time professor at University of Florida Health, once again working with podiatry residents, teaching and sharing his years of experience. 


Source: Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home via Dr. Harris Klear



RE: The Passing of Alan Lewis, DPM

A few months ago, I had an enjoyable dinner and conversation with an old friend at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. I knew of his many ailments, but he never let on regarding their severity. A month later, I visited him during a hospitalization and brought him a set of greens from the OR to make him comfortable walking.

Dr. Alan Lewis


In my 44 years of knowing Dr. Alan Lewis, I found him to be one of the strongest advocates for our profession. Our group formed the first podiatry department at a hospital in NJ. We started the Western division of NJPMS. He held almost every office including president of New Jersey Podiatric Medical Society. My sincere condolences to his family for the loss of this great person. Had it not been for this pandemic, there would have been a large gathering of people from all walks of life attending his memorial service. I will miss conversations with Alan.   


Larry Schuster, DPM




It was saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Steve Geller. I knew Steve as a student and resident at CCPM in the 1990s during my tenure as a faculty member. For the last 10 years, I was fortune to be able to work with him on various educational projects in service to ABPM. It was truly a pleasure to be in his company.


My wife and I send our most sincere condolences to the Geller family.


Lester J. Jones, Jr., DPM, Pomona, CA


I am shocked, surprised, and saddened to hear of Dr. Stephen Geller's untimely passing. The time I knew him was brief, but intense in the amount of knowledge that he displayed regarding podiatric medicine, education, and leadership. While working on the ABPM board, he was instrumental in aiding me during my time. He always made himself available to help me with questions, and provoked me to think differently. He truly was a leader in the profession who was taken from all of us too soon. He was adamant about furthering podiatric education and the rest of the healthcare community awareness of podiatrist scope.  


My heart breaks for the rest of those who worked with him closely on ABPM, CPME, Phoenix VAMC, and of course his family. Rest in Peace.


Ejiro Isiorho, DPM, Portland Metro, OR



RE: The Passing of James J. Keogh, DPM


Dr. James J. Keogh - 99, of Ventnor, NJ passed away at ACMC on January 16, 2020. He graduated from the Temple University College of Podiatric Medicine. 


Dr. James Keogh


James went on to serve in the United States Navy from 1943- 1946. He practiced as a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. 


Source: The Press of Atlantic City [1/22/20]




Life won’t be the same without my brother from another mother...after over 60+ close years together, he'll be SO missed. But I know we (my extended Fischman family) will all smile thinking about all our great and fun(ny) times together. 


(L-R) Dr. Arthur Gudeon, Dorothy Ann, and Dr. Edward Fischman


Ed was a true podiatric icon, involved and a leader in every aspect and receiving accolades in every important organization in our profession, and all will miss his intelligence and humor. Loads of love and hugs to all the Fischmans, and finally, Eddie, Rest In Peace my brother.


Arthur Gudeon, DPM



RE: The Passing of Earl R. Horowitz, DPM


I had the great pleasure of knowing and learning from Dr. Horowitz for 40 years. I was always very impressed with his charm, his brilliance, his amazing positive energy, his sense of humor, and his love of our profession. He was one of the finest, most knowledgeable, and most entertaining speakers I have ever heard at the podium. I was proud to call him a mentor and a friend. He gave it all he had for 60 years. We are all better off for having known him. I miss him already. My deepest condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.


Richard M. Cowin, DPM



RE: The Passing of Arthur L. Weinstein, DPM


Dr. Arthur L. Weinstein passed away on September 6th. He graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and practiced for over 50 years.


Dr. Arthur Weinstein


He was affiliated with the St Vincent Charity Medical Center.


Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer [9/8/19]

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