Remembering Jerome L. Schulman, MD
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Posted by: Julie Briggs
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Jerome L. Schulman, MD, Professor Emeritus, on Thursday, June 30.
An influential member of the Department of Microbiology at ISMMS for more than four decades, Dr. Schulman was known as an outstanding colleague, teacher, mentor, role model, and friend.
He educated and advised generations of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and current faculty members who benefited from his support and wise judgment. The Department of Microbiology owes much of its success to Dr. Schulman’s guidance. He was one of the first faculty members at the School of Medicine, having joined the Department of Microbiology in 1969.
For many years, Dr. Schulman maintained an active laboratory and obtained National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for work on the biochemistry and pathogenicity of influenza viruses. One of his significant achievements was the establishment of a robust mouse model for influenza viruses, the most widely used animal model for both influenza A and B viruses.
Dr. Schulman pioneered studies on how mice and humans react to influenza virus infections/vaccinations with respect to their complex B and T cell responses. Much of the influenza virus work being done at Mount Sinai and around the world builds upon his earlier findings.
In addition to serving as a member of the Commission on Influenza of the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board, Dr. Schulman was a member of many NIH committees and review boards.
After completing his undergraduate degree at Brown University, he received his medical degree at New York University School of Medicine. He then participated in two years of military service, followed by additional training at Cornell University Medical College, where he rose through the ranks, becoming an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health.
We extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Grace Schulman, PhD, an accomplished American poet and educator. We will miss Dr. Schulman’s warmth and kindness.