The following comments have been submitted to Dr. Ralph O. Wallerstein's guestbook. We encourage you to add your own thoughts and recollections about Dr. Wallerstein by signing the Legends in Hematology guestbook.
I trained in hematology at UCSF when Ralph was an attending. Rounds were extremely interesting and I recall the time when he performed a sternal bone marrow aspirate on an elderly woman with pernicious anemia who had some congitive impairment. On another occasion, Ralph was chairing a session at ASH and his co-chair failed to show up. He selected me to join him chairing the session at my formative stage in hematology.
– Marshall E. Kadin
Dr. Schrier's obituary in the HEMATOLOGIST summarizes Ralph Wallerstein's accomplishments and leadership nicely. The rotating rounds at the UCSF hospitals including S.F. General as well as his peripheral blood and bone marrow morphology teaching were a critical part of my training. The monthly UCSF-Stanford Saturday rounds also added exposure and research collaboration. He contributed a chapter to my textbook and saw to it that Bill Maloney reviewed it in the NEJM. A strong mentor. The early death of his son was a tragedy from which he did not fully recover.
– Samuel R. Newcom, MD
As his practice associate in Hematology for over 35 years, I offer that Ralph was a King within the medical profession. His achievements as a teacher, as a practitioner, and as a leader will remain unparalled in the history of Hematology and Medicine.
– Richard J. Cohen, MD
As a German hematologist who grew up close to Aachen and attended the RWTH Aachen Medical School, I am deeply moved by the the new information to me that Dr. Ralph Wallerstein, former ASH president, was born at Aachen. His life is a further example of what Nazi Germany has done to people.
– Arnold Ganser
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