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In Memoriam: Stephen Rosenblum, M.D.

STEPHEN ROSENBLUM, M.D., professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral science, died Oct. 13 following a long battle with Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia and a pulmonary lymphoma.

“Stephen was the backbone of the psychotherapy training program for our psychiatry residency,” said James L. Griffith, M.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral science, and of neurology, and interim chair and director of the psychiatry residency program. “He was the role model for many residents who witnessed both his psychoanalytic rigor and his profound kindness.”

Rosenblum joined the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) clinical faculty 1974, and served as coordinator of psychotherapy training for more than three decades. He was instrumental in developing a formal affiliation between the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute and GW’s psychiatry and behavioral science department.

He earned his medical degree in 1967 from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and, following a residency at the New York State Psychiatric Institute of Columbia University, Rosenblum completed psychoanalytic training at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. From 1971–73, Rosenblum served as a major in the United States Army and was Chief of the Outpatient Services at Fitzsimmons General Hospital, where he earned a Medal of Commendation. As a distinguished leader in the Washington psychoanalytic community, he served as president of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute and received the prestigious Edith Sabshin Teaching Award from the American Psychoanalytic Association.

“Stephen Rosenblum was a talented and caring teacher; he served as one of the pillars of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science,” recalled Jeffrey S. Akman, M.D. ’81, G.M.E. ’85, interim vice president for health affairs and dean, SMHS. “Psychotherapy training is frequently listed by resident applicants as the most important reason they chose to come to SMHS, and Dr. Rosenblum’s leadership was a vital contribution toward the university’s ability to offer such outstanding psychodynamic psychotherapy training to its residents.”