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August 31, 2016

Doctor’s Grief Drives Lifelong Search for Heart Disease Cure

Dr. William Frishman shares his remarkable story in a new memoir.  “Despite nearly debilitating early hardships, Dr. Frishman persevered and, through his dedication and research, pioneered the modern management of hypertension and coronary artery disease,” Marc Klapholz, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.


Triumph Over Tragedy: The Odyssey of an Academic Physician is the remarkable new memoir written by William H. Frishman, M.D.  At the age of 15, he lost his father following a premature heart attack.  Aaron Frishman was on his way home from work when he died suddenly.  He never had a chance to say goodbye.   Smoking, a poor diet and struggles with poverty, including bankruptcy of his business and loss of his cherished Ford, ultimately led to his untimely death at the age of 46.  William Frishman’s grandfathers, father and uncles all had heart attacks before the age of 60.  Dr. Frishman believes this is what motivated him to explore the origins and potential treatments for heart disease, “Sadness from a tragedy has a shelf-life, but the grief endures and either expands you and gives you a greater capacity for empathy and achievement, or it diminishes you.”


Over the last 40 years, Dr. Frishman has participated in more than 200 clinical trials and played a role in the evaluation of almost every cardiovascular drug approved for clinical use since 1972.  He is also the co-editor/co-author of the leading textbook, Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapeutics, now in its third edition.  A prolific writer and researcher, Dr. Frishman has participated in the development and editing of over 1,100 academic articles and 14 full-length textbooks, but this is his first personal account of how his early experiences, and personal family tragedies, shaped his life and career.


“Dr. Frishman has had a long and illustrious medical career over which he has contributed enormously to the education of generations of students and trainees. In these pages we are provided important insights into the people and events that helped shape his career and thinking. We are once again reminded of the importance of family, self-reflection, resilience and purpose. We owe him a debt of gratitude for sharing these glimpses behind the scenes of his remarkable journey.”

– Patrick T. O’Gara, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Director of Clinical Cardiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, Immediate Past President of the American College of Cardiology, Co-Editor of Cardiology in Review and Associate Editor of JAMA Cardiology

Triumph Over Tragedy: The Odyssey of an Academic Physician
July 14, 2016

We are thrilled to announce the website launch and Amazon release, in both hardcover and Kindle formats, of Triumph Over Tragedy: The Odyssey of an Academic Physician, the new memoir by Dr. William H. Frishman.  Early reviewers have only genuine words of praise and commendation for this truly remarkable autobiography by one of the great academic physicians of our time.   The central message of the book will resonate with readers from all walks of life, and will be especially poignant to all who struggle, or have struggled, to overcome adversity.  It provides a universal expression of hope and accomplishment that will leave the reader both inspired and encouraged. We will be providing additional special content as well as news and events related to the launch of this unique work.  Stay tuned!