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AGA remembers former AGA President Marvin Sleisenger, MD, AGAF


Marvin H. Sleisenger, MD, AGAF, of Kentfield, Calif., died at age 93 on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. Sleisenger served as editor of Gastroenterology from 1965 to 1970, and as president of AGA in 1976.

Sleisenger attended Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. He trained at Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, and Cornell Medical School. During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Naval Medical Corps. He was a member of the faculty at Cornell Medical School and in 1954, was appointed as chief of the division of gastroenterology. In 1968, he became professor and vice chairman of the department of medicine of the University of California, San Francisco and chief of the medical service at the Veterans Administration Hospital. His achievements as an outstanding educator were recognized in 1994 when he became the recipient of the AGA Distinguished Educator Award.

Dr. Marvin H. Sleisenger

In 1989, Sleisenger received the Julius Friedenwald Medal, recognizing his significant contributions to AGA and the field of gastroenterology, which includes founding and co-editing 10 editions of Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease — widely regarded as the leading textbook in the field — with John Fordtran, MD, AGAF. Sleisenger and his wife also contributed to the field as proud AGA Legacy Society members.

Sleisenger’s full obituary was published in the SFGate. Members, colleagues, and friends posted remembrances in the Community.

Memorial services were held on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, at 11 a.m., at the Chapel of the Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, 2500 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, Calif.

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