About the Author


Dr. William H. Frishman is the Director of Medicine at Westchester Medical Center and the Rosenthal Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at New York Medical College of Touro College and University located in Valhalla, New York.

He was born and raised in the Bronx.  An early calling to the field of medicine, as well as his father’s premature death from cardiac disease, convinced him he wanted to be a physician and cardiologist.  His career began at Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and stretched from 1976 until 1997. During this period, he began his prolific writing of original research articles, reviews, book chapters and books.  He currently serves as an editor of the American Journal of Medicine and Cardiology in Review and for 10 years he edited the Year Book of Medicine. Dr. Frishman has also participated in major federally funded cardiovascular research trials as a co-principal investigator, including the Bronx Longitudinal Aging Study and the Women’s Health Initiative.

His main research work has primarily involved discovery and evaluation of drugs to decrease myocardial ischemia, heart failure, high blood pressure and various arrhythmias. Since the early 70s, he has been at the forefront of the pioneering efforts in cardiovascular therapeutics beginning with propranolol in 1973. His major text, Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapeutics is now in its third edition and has been hailed as the “…comprehensive source of information on the medications used for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.”  One of his greatest joys still comes from running down to the hospital emergency room to reassure a frightened young wife and her children that Dad will make it after his heart attack. At the center of everything he has accomplished, is his father’s memory which is honored each time another person is saved through the work he has had the pleasure to pursue.

Dr. Frishman has also received numerous awards and recognition for his work as a medical educator, including the Teaching Scholar Award from the American Heart Association, the Preventive Cardiology Academic Award from the National Heart Institute and the distinguished teacher award from the Association of Medical Colleges and Alpha Omega Alpha.

In his memoir, Triumph Over Tragedy: The Odyssey of an Academic Physician, he details his unique experiences, through text and photos, as a son, student, soldier, doctor, teacher, husband, father and academic leader.  In the book, he notes that being chairman and hospital chief are the best jobs in academic medicine, and he has had the good fortune to achieve his dream of becoming both.  He derives great enjoyment from his loving family. He and his wife have three children and six grandchildren who all live close to home.