Praise for Triumph Over Tragedy: The Odyssey of an Academic Physician

“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

Klapholz2Triumph over Tragedy – The Odyssey of an Academic Physician is the memoir written by William Frishman, one of the great academic physicians of our time.  His story is a profound inspiration of what can be achieved in a life that unfolds through a career in medicine and is driven from its earliest moment by extraordinary compassion and commitment to help and assist others.  Despite nearly debilitating early hardships, Dr. Frishman persevered and, through his dedication and research, pioneered the modern management of hypertension and coronary artery disease.

The memoir is replete with numerous pictures of him with past presidents, corporate, political and community leaders and medical colleagues who always sought out his medical advice attesting to his great clinical acumen and encyclopedic medical knowledge.   For me and for many others, Dr. Frishman’s greatest contribution was that he was our teacher whom we deeply revered. His memoir recounts the numerous national awards that he received as an outstanding medical educator and the privilege that he felt in having the opportunity to teach over 7500 medical students and 1500 residents. He was an inspiration to us at the bedside, in the classroom and in our research endeavors, and the encouragement and confidence he gave us to achieve in our own careers remains incalculable.  To this day there is not a lecture, bedside round or case discussion that I give where I don’t have in mind the image of Bill Frishman teaching me 30 years ago and where I try my best to recreate his magic.

While this memoir is about a personal and professional journey in a medical career its message of triumph over tragedy will resonates universally and I encourage all to read it.”  – Marc Klapholz, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

“I have known Bill Frishman for 40 years – since July,1976, when I arrived at Albert Einstein Hospital in the Bronx from Israel to have my training in cardiology. It was Bill Frishman’s first year as a faculty member and the beginning of what was going be a remarkable academic career. Bill was a mentor, teacher and a friend, a very special individual whose wisdom and kindness have influenced my own career. Bill Frishman is a person with a rare combination of qualities. On one hand a great intellect with ambition and determination which led him to great personal achievements, and at the same time leading by example and having a great compassion for helping and encouraging other people to aim high and try to achieve their goals. Bill Frishman is the consummate academician who has had great achievements as a clinician, a teacher and a mentor, a researcher and a writer and at the same time a devoted family man. He has been an inspiration to me over the years in my own life and academic career, and his remarkable life story, as so beautifully described in this memoir will be an inspiration to every medical student and young physician.” – Uri Elkayam, M.D.,  Professor of Medicine and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California

“I have known William (Bill) Frishman for more than 40 years. We have worked together on committees, clinical trials, educational venues, and for the last 11 years, the American Journal of Medicine. William Frishman is one of the world’s leading academic cardiologists. He displays excellence in all aspects of our profession: research, teaching and administration. His autobiography traces him from his childhood years in an economically challenged immigrant family to the present when he is one of the most outstanding academicians alive today.

Bill is my co-pilot on the American Journal of Medicine. Whenever I have a manuscript or issue that requires an intelligent, rational and deliberate approach, I reach out to Bill. Our lives have many parallels: we survived the trauma of the “every other night on call” period of training; we have had wonderful mentors who enabled us to see the future and what needed to be done; we have contributed to advances in cardiovascular medicine, and we have maintained enduring relationships with family and friends.

This book is a wonderful read for anyone who is planning a career in medicine. The historical and personal information contained in this revealing recollection will give the reader many hours of pleasure and much practical advice. The only thing on which Bill and I disagree is which major league baseball team to support. Although I was a Yankee fan during my youth in Connecticut, many years in Boston as well as personal contacts have converted me into a Red Sox fan. I am sure Bill will forgive me for this transgression!! Congratulations to Bill for a life well lived and recounted in this wonderful autobiography.” – Joseph Alpert, M.D., Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Medicine, Professor of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine

killip2“My congratulations to Professor William Frishman for this fascinating memoir describing his adventures and point of view in fashioning a useful and productive career. It is a good read.”
– Thomas Killip, M.D., Professor of Cardiology, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York

Read the complete Foreword written by Dr. Kilip