Remembering David Seldin, 1957-2015
David Seldin, MD, PhD, Chief of the Section of Hematology-Oncology at BMC and BUSM, died Saturday, June 27, 2015, of prostate cancer at age 58. Dr. Seldin also served as a Professor of Medicine and Microbiology, and was the incumbent Wesley and Charlotte Skinner Professor for Research in Amyloidosis at BUSM.
Dr. Seldin, who came to BMC in 1994 as an attending physician, was well known as a caring clinician and as an expert on amyloidosis, a rare disease caused by abnormal protein buildup in blood and other tissues that is linked to many progressive illnesses, including cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, and can lead to fatal organ failure. An active researcher in clinical trials for amyloidosis treatments and a pioneer of new therapies, Dr. Seldin was Director of the world-renowned Amyloidosis Center, which serves more than 800 patients a year.
Dr. Seldin was an inspiration to both patients and other clinicians. His skills with patients were recognized on a variety of Best Doctor lists over the years, and he mentored more than 20 pre-and-post doctoral trainees, served on many thesis committees, and trained numerous students and colleagues. He also served on a wide range of committees, including the BMC Medical Executive Committee. In addition, he was the first director of the graduate program in molecular medicine in the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, and established graduate courses in cancer biology.
An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Seldin loved to spend time hiking, skiing, scuba diving, and at the beach with his family. He was a wine connoisseur and a vinyl record collector who built his own stereo system.
Dr. Seldin is survived by his wife Elizabeth Hohmann, MD, a specialist in infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital; his three daughters Stephanie, Maggie and Diana; his parents Florence and Ira Seldin of Chatham, Mass.; and his sister Judi Seldin of Needham, Mass. A memorial service will be announced when plans are finalized.
If you would like to make a gift in memory of David Seldin, please contact BUSM’s Development Office at 638-4579 or [email protected]. Donations will be used to establish an endowed professorship in Dr. Seldin’s name in the School’s Department of Medicine.