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Internationally Recognized Hematologist and Researcher Dies at 73

Sandor Shapiro, MD, died July 21 of a heart attack while cycling in Acadia National Park in Maine, while he was on vacation. Shapiro lived in Haverford, Pennsylvania.

Shapiro was the director of Thomas Jefferson University Cardeza Foundation for Hematologic Research from 1985-2001 and served on the staff for nearly 40 years. In 1973 he established its Hemophilia Center, which developed new treatments for people with hemophilia, including home infusion therapy to improve care.

“While Dr. Shapiro made his name in research, he really as a true clinician,” said Jamie E. Siegel, MD, director of the Cardeza Foundation Hemophilia Center. “More than anyone else I have ever worked with, Sandy never forgot that he was taking care of a person who happened to be a patient. I have always and still do consider Sandy to have been the best hemophilia doctor in the world.”

Shapiro’s research was funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is credited with inventing a test that helps diagnose a condition that puts patients at high risk for clotting disorders. Shapiro was a visiting scientist at several research institutes in Britain, France and Israel.

Shapiro was a native of New York and earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees along with postgraduate training from Harvard University. Prior to joining the staff at the Cardeza Foundation in 1964, Shapiro was an NIH fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In addition to his dedication to bleeding disorders research and treatment, Shapiro was an accomplished violinist, performing recitals as a soloist and with chamber orchestras. He was a board member of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

Shapiro is survived by Susan Rittenhouse, his wife of 15 years; a daughter, Shelly; and his former wife, Vivian Rosenberg. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2007, at 5 p.m. in Bleumle Hall on the Thomas Jefferson University campus.


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