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Mu Medical Student House Association Memorializes Urologist

Paul Zimskind, MD '57, PhD, is remembered by former peers and students for his triumphs in the laboratory and charisma in the classroom. To honor his many achievements, the Mu Medical Student House Association has established the Paul Zimskind, MD '57, PhD Scholarship Fund and the Paul Zimskind, MD '57, PhD Memorial Lectureship in Urology at Jefferson.

Last fall, Association President Michael LeWitt, MD '74, sought a meaningful way to invest funds from the sale of a medical fraternity chapter house in Philadelphia. He decided that honoring Zimskind made sense, as the late urologist had served as president of the chapter as a JMC student and was involved in the initial purchase of its house on Clinton Street.

“Dr. Zimskind was such an eminent researcher and teacher, it seemed natural to recognize him in some way,” LeWitt says.

Zimskind, who completed both his internship and residency at Jefferson, became the Nathan Lewis Hatfield Professor of Urology and chairman of the department in 1967. At 36, he was one of the youngest professors to attain a departmental chairmanship, which he held until his sudden death in 1976 at age 44. His research accomplishments in urodynamics received international recognition.

The Zimskind Scholarship will support as many as 10 JMC students per year, with preference given to students demonstrating high ethical standards and a commitment to community service. The Zimskind Lectureship will be an annual lecture within the Department of Urology.