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Isadore Rosenfeld (BBHS ’43)

Born: 1926, Montreal, Quebec

After graduating from BBHS, Isadore Rosenfeld attended McGill University where he received his bachelor of science in 1947 and a medical degree 1951. As a student at McGill, Rosenfeld was the president of the Young Liberals Club and a speechwriter for the Liberal Party. As a member of the McGill Debating Union, Rosenfeld and partner Edward Hugessen, went undefeated in two years of international student debating.

After graduating in 1951, he trained in internal medicine at the Royal Victoria Hospital and in cardiology at the Jewish General Hospital. He won McGill’s Sir Edward Beattie Scholarship, which enabled him to take up a fellowship in cardiology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. In 1956, Rosenfeld earned a diploma in internal medicine from McGill.

After leaving Mount Sinai, he became an instructor and then a clinical professor of medicine at Cornell University Medical College in New York and attending physician at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. In 1993, he was installed as Cornell’s Ida and Theo Rossi Distinguished Professor of Clinical Medicine.

Rosenfeld is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, the American College of Physicians, and the Royal Society of Medicine. He recently completed a four-year term on the Advisory Council to the United States Secretary of Health. He was the recipient of the first award from the New York Chapter of the American Heart Association for contributions to medicine and cardiology. He received an honorary doctorate of science degree from McGill University in 1998, the United Nation’s Citizen of the World Award in November 1999, and was awarded the San Valentino D’Oro Gold Medal for Medicine.

A distinguished doctor Rosenfeld is best known as a medical media luminary. He has published twelve books on medicine and health aimed at the general public, many of them best-sellers.

Until he retired in 2011,  he appeared regularly on numerous television shows including “Hour Magazine” and “CBS Morning News” which have garnered many devoted followers who turned to him for the latest information on health and medical issues. Click here to see a farewell tribute by Fox News for Dr. Rosenfeld.   and watch an interview with Lezly Garrett

Rosenfeld was a medical consultant to Fox Cable News, has been a monthly health columnist for Vogue, and wrote a regular column for Parade, a magazine with a readership of 80 million.

Click here to see a selection of his numerous books.