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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-08-09

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OB-GYN department chair of the for-
mer Sinai Hospital of Detroit, almost
as a celebrity whenever they would go
"It was so obvious he put so much
effort in everything he did, and he
really cares for all of his patients," says
He heard stories from his Detroit
cousins of how they would be the
recipients of favors some patients
would bestow upon his grandfather.
When time came for Rob to select a
college, the University of Michigan
was one of the first on his list.
After completing his undergraduate
degree at U-M, Rob went to his men-
tor, his grandfather, for advice on
where to go to medical school.
While Dr. Alfred Sherman had
trained and later taught for 20 years at
Washington University in St. Louis,
"he had so many great things to say
about the program at Wayne State
University, I knew this was the right
place for me to be," says Rob. "We
talked about my goals, and how I
would get a great clinical education
here, which was really the main reason
I stayed."
Alfred agrees. "I really wanted him
to come to Wayne because I hoped we
would be able to work together," he
says. "But I would have been enthusi-
astic over anything Rob chooses. It
was important to me that he choose
for himself."
And thus far, both are very happy
with the decision. "Even as a freshman
[in medical school], I got to scrub up

and watch him while he was in sur-
gery. I got to experience so much first-
hand," Rob says.
By his third year of medical school,
he was working in the same hospital
with his grandfather and, says Rob, he
would "try to get into as many cases
with him as possible."
Alfred was happy, too. "I am just
thrilled to have [Rob] scrub up with
me in the operating room. There are
no words to express the pride arid
nachas I feel."
It was the firsthand experience that
made Rob realize that he was most
interested in orthopedic surgery. He
considered his grandfather's field, but
found that these days, "it's more diffi-
cult for a man to become an OB-
GYN. So many patients prefer a
female physician."
Rob's father was not as excited
about his son's decision to go into sur-
gery. "He says the hours are crazy,"
says Rob, "but that didn't deter me. I
really enjoy the field."
With one year of medical school to
go, Rob is already thinking about
where to do his residency. "Luckily,
Beaumont, Henry Ford Hospital and
University of Michigan Hospital all
have orthopedic surgery programs. I
would love to stay here if I can," Rob
He hopes to follow in his grandfa-
ther's footsteps in yet another way.
"He is still going strong at 81 years of
age. If I can do one half or even one
quarter of the work he's done, than I
know I will have a fabulous career." O


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