Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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You are cordially invited to celebrate the life of a beloved mentor, pediatrician, educator, friend…

Henry M. Seidel, M.D.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 4:30 pm

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Turner Auditorium
720 Rutland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21205-2109

Reception to immediately follow at 5:30 pm

Parking available in the Rutland Garage adjacent to the Turner Auditorium. Enter at 1800 Madison Street.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Celebration of Life Service 6.1.2010

The Celebration of Life Service for Dr. Seidel is definitely going to be on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 in Turner Auditorium on the East Baltimore Campus. Looks likely to be a start time of 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by a reception.

I'll send out a broadcast email from my office, post here, and post on our Facebook page next week once I get a final PDF of the "invitation" from the Children's Center Public Affairs Office.

Please encourage others to sign into the blog and let us know if you're going to be joining us.

Best to you,
Cheryll :)

Monday, April 12, 2010

One of the truly great men in medicine

Dr. Henry Seidel was a shining star as the Dean of Medical Affairs at Johns Hopkins, an oasis for the sea of lost souls learning their way to becoming caring, compassionate, and excellent physicians. He cared not only about achieving excellence in medical education and training, but also about learning to do so without sacrificing our souls. He managed to find the time to look into our eyes and somehow know our hearts and souls in a short time. He interviewed each of us before writing our recommendations for internship and residency programs, and had an incredible knack of asking just the right question to get below the surface, to delve for the truth below the grades and critiques of his colleagues, and to put everything into perspective. Becoming a doctor anywhere can be an overwhelming experience requiring learning a massive amount of knowledge, mastering many techniques, and shouldering immense responsibility, but to do so at Hopkins, surrounded by la crème de la crème, can leave even the brightest and the best of students feeling lost and uncertain. Dr. Seidel somehow managed to make you feel good about yourself, even when you had come in feeling upset and full of doubts. In his gentle, fatherly way, he always made you feel cared about. He valued real values, and let you know that being a caring, empathetic physician was as or more important to good medical care than memorizing pages of Harrison’s textbook of medicine. He personified excellent bedside manner and, despite his busy demanding schedule, made you feel as if you were the most important thing in his day when he was speaking with you. He touched my life and guided me in ways for which I will be forever grateful. I know I was not the only one who felt that way about him…my class of 1984 set up the Henry M. Seidel M.D. Scholarship Fund to honor him while he was still actively the Dean of Students. I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing, and mourn not only the passing of a friend and mentor, but of one of the truly great men in medicine. He has touched, enriched and guided so many in ways that will radiate for generations.

Lisa S. Bunin, M.D.
Class of 1984

One of my true medical school inspirations

I will always remember Dr. Seidel as a gentle, curious, and quick-witted physician, eager to grow medical students into intelligent doctors.

Henry encouraged me to poll JHH physicians’ awareness of costs resulting from ordering various diagnostic procedures -- this in the days before such economic factors were on many clinicians’ radar.

He was a sweet, gentle, and intelligent teacher – one of my true medical school inspirations!

Eitan Schwarz MD 1969

Friday, April 9, 2010

quotes, personal statements & photos wanted

Johns Hopkins Medicine is planning a Celebration of Life service for Dr. Seidel. Save the date for Tuesday, June 1. No guarantees what can make it into the service, but we are planning to include some personal statements from alumni and are also creating a photo PowerPoint slide-show. Please post anything you might want included here or email them to me directly if you prefer.


hold the date for a Celebration of Life service

I'm 80% certain that the service will be held in the afternoon of Tuesday, June 1. Lots of details still in process, which is why I'm not 100% certain.

I'll post more as things are finalized.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Announcement and links

Henry M. Seidel, M.D., Class of 1946, professor emeritus of pediatrics and a former dean of students at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a master educator who shepherded generations of Hopkins medical students through their training, died at his home in Columbia, Md., on March 24. He was 87.

Link to obituary in The Baltimore Sun:

Link to obituary on the JH Children's Center website:

Link to reflections posted on the JH Children's Center website:

To make a gift to the Henry M. Seidel, M.D. Scholarship Fund at the School of Medicine, you may use this online giving form (use drop down box to indicate gifts for the Henry M. Seidel, M.D. Scholarship Fund), or send a check to the address indicated in the obituary:

A memorial service/celebration of life for the Johns Hopkins community is being planned; we will let you know details as soon as they are confirmed.

Please let the Alumni Office know if there's any additional information we can provide via this blog.

Many thanks and take care,

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