Shalom Life | September 22, 2014

100 Year Old Jewish Doctor Still Treating Patients

At a century old, Dr. Goldman is still working and his patients love it

By: Your Jewish News

Published: December 19th, 2011 in Health » World

100 Year Old Jewish Doctor Still Treating Patients

Dr. Fred Goldman still makes house calls.

He must, he explains. That’s where the patients are.

“If they’re sick and can’t leave home,” he said, “I go to see them.”

On Monday, they came to see him. Patients, friends and family — some using walkers, some in strollers — gathered in numbers passing the century mark at the Avondale office Goldman calls “the dump,” to throw a surprise birthday party for the internist who is the oldest licensed physician practicing medicine in the state of Ohio.

Dr. Fred Goldman is 100.

He surprised them, though: The guest of honor arrived 90 minutes early.

“I almost had a heart attack seeing all of the people in the hall and the waiting room,” Goldman said between greeting well-wishers with questions about their health.

How’s your ankle? You still smoking?

“People ask me, ‘Why do you go to a doctor who’s 100?’” said Patti Levine, a fourth-generation patient of the doctor. “I tell them, ‘Because he’s seen it all, and he knows everything.’ ”

The Blue Ash woman stood by a stroller holding her 10-month-old daughter, Madyson. “She’s not his patient,” Levine said, “yet.”

Fellow physicians also gave birthday greetings to Goldman.

“He asked me to come work for him in 2007,” said 85-year-old Dr. Leo Wayne. That’s the year Wayne retired and Goldman, at 96, cut back from five, eight-hour days a week to three.

“I told him I would not work for him,” Wayne added. “I’m too young.”

Would he prescribe retirement for his older friend and colleague?

“I would not dream of advising him to retire,” Wayne replied. “Dr. Goldman is an excellent diagnostician. He knows his patients, including himself. He knows this patient is still up to the task.”

As the birthday doctor worked the waiting room and the hallway, his guests peppered him with questions.

How does it feel to be 100?

He examined both of his hands. He squeezed one. Then, the other.

“Don’t feel anything different,” he said with a sly smile.

“Most people my age,” he added, “can’t feel anything. They’re dead.”

The crowd laughed. So did the 100-year-old birthday boy.

When Fred Goldman was literally a birthday boy, it was Dec. 12, 1911. He was born at his family’s home on Ninth Street in the West End.

“My mother, a housewife, was from Poland. My father, a shopkeeper, was from Russia,” he said, “and I was from both of them.”

On the day the good doctor was born, another native Cincinnatian, William Howard Taft, waddled about the White House as the 27th president of the United States. Czar Nicholas II sat on the throne in Russia. George V, Queen Elizabeth II's grandfather, reigned as the King of England. Sigmund Freud was seeing patients in Vienna.

“Hell, when I became a doctor in 1935,” Goldman said, “Freud was still seeing patients.”

In baseball, the doctor’s favorite sport as a kid, Ty Cobb won the 1911 American League batting title by hitting a robust .420. Goldman’s hometown Cincinnati Reds finished sixth that year. The 1911 Redlegs lost 83 games, the same number of losses suffered by the Reds 100 years later in 2011.

Goldman shares a birth year with the 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan, comedian Lucille Ball, fellow Cincinnatian Roy “King of the Cowboys” Rogers, Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Greenburg, Bluegrass founder Bill Monroe, bluesman Robert Johnson, playwright Tennessee Williams, politician Hubert H. Humphrey, and actresses Jean Harlow and Ginger Rogers.

He has one thing going for him they don’t: He’s still alive.

“Want to see the rest of the dump?” he asked before leading visitors on a tour of his office. He sees 12 patients a day in his computer-free suite. His schedule is set by hand by his sole employee, office manger Patti Heath.

“I came to work here when he was 91,” she said.

She thought she would be a short-timer. “Here I am nine years later. And he’s still going strong.

“The first year I worked for him, I collapsed on a beach for my vacation,” she said. “He hiked the wilderness in Alaska and lived in a tent. They don’t make men like Fred Goldman anymore.”

This article was first published on Your Jewish News.

New Study Suggests Artificial Sweeteners Harmful For Diabetics New Study Suggests Artificial Sweeteners Harmful For Diabetics TrendingTalking Fitness with Lawyers Jeremy Diamond & Jeff Levy Talking Fitness with Lawyers Jeremy Diamond & Jeff Levy TrendingHow a Jewish Leader with 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life How a Jewish Leader with 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life Trending
 

The Ten Best Deli's in North America

September 19, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
The Ten Best Deli's in North America

Got a hankering for a smoked meat sandwich? Look no further

Read More

New Study Suggests Artificial Sweeteners Harmful For Diabetics

September 19, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
New Study Suggests Artificial Sweeteners Harmful For Diabetics

A new study From Israel cautions diabetics to think twice about sugar substitutes

Read More

Daniel Radcliffe Repays His Debt to Irish Football Team Two Years Later

September 19, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Daniel Radcliffe Repays His Debt to Irish Football Team Two Years Later

'The F Word' star paid back the cab fare he borrowed while partying with the team.

Read More

Seth Rogen Teams Up With Adam McKay and Ben Schwartz For New Film

September 19, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Seth Rogen Teams Up With Adam McKay and Ben Schwartz For New Film

The 'This Is The End' star will also be producing.

Read More

Joan Rivers Writes Forward For New Jewish Cookbook

September 19, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Joan Rivers Writes Forward For New Jewish Cookbook

The comedian contributed some Jewish jokes and sentiments for 'Eating Delancey: A Celebration of Jewish Food'

Read More

Robert Downey Jr. To Be Honored At Britannia Awards

September 19, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Robert Downey Jr. To Be Honored At Britannia Awards

The 'Iron Man' star will be joined by Mark Ruffalo, Judi Dench, Emma Watson, and others

Read More

James Franco Says ‘Alien’ From ‘Spring Breakers’ is Most Relatable Character

September 19, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
James Franco Says ‘Alien’ From ‘Spring Breakers’ is Most Relatable Character

The actor thinks that he's very similar to the corn-rowed, gun-toting character from Harmony Korine's film.

Read More

Jamie Geller And Tom Franz Explore The Bible’s Superfoods

September 19, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
Jamie Geller And Tom Franz Explore The Bible’s Superfoods

Two of Israel's most renown Kosher chefs explore biblical foods in the City of David

Read More

More Headlines