AASLD Remembers Seymour M. Sabesin, MD, FAASLD

The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) was recently notified that one of our esteemed members, Seymour Sabesin, MD, FAASLD, passed away on January 4, 2021.

Dr. Sabesin was a distinguished gastroenterologist, serving as a Clinical and Research Associate at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD followed by a residency at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.

From 1963 to 1969 he was on the medical faculty in Digestive Diseases and Hepatology at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. Additionally, he was an Associate Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College and an Attending Physician at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. After relocating to Memphis, TN he served in his roles as Director of the Department of Gastroenterology as well as the Director of NIH-Sponsored Liver Disease Research Training Program at the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences for thirteen years.

He continued his contributions to the field for an additional 25 years as the chair of Dyrenforth Professor of Medicine, Director of the Section of Digestive Diseases at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. In addition, he was also an educator producing Continuing Medical Education programs in Gastroenterology for medical personnel throughout the country for a decade.

Dr. Sabesin had been a member of AASLD since 1975 and was also an AASLD Fellow (FAASLD). He was a devoted listener of classical music and opera, avid collector of modern art, and vociferous reader of medical journals and the daily New York Times. On behalf of our members and staff, AASLD fondly remembers Dr. Sabesin. We honor his legacy, life of service and immeasurable contributions to the liver community.