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Dr. Philip Marcus, BOMA Chair, Dies

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April 13, 2012

Dr. Philip Marcus, MD, MPH, FCCP, chair of the AARC’s Board of Medical Advisors (BOMA), died suddenly last weekend while on a family vacation in France.

Dr. Philip Marcus

Dr. Marcus was sworn in as the chair of BOMA at last November’s AARC Annual Business Meeting. He served on BOMA for several years as a representative of the National Association of Medical Directors of Respiratory Care before assuming the chair.

“As we gather for next week’s AARC Board of Directors meeting, we will do so with a heavy heart and great sadness as we have learned of Dr. Marcus’ passing,” said AARC Past President Tim Myers, who serves as a liaison to BOMA. “Our physician representatives, and certainly Dr. Marcus, are active supporters to this organization and he was an important part of our own AARC Board as well as BOMA. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family during this time.”

Dr. Marcus founded Nassau Chest Physicians, PC in 1978. He was also the medical director of respiratory therapy, respiratory intensive care unit and the pulmonary function laboratory at St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn New York, where he was appointed as the Chief, Division of Pulmonary Medicine in 2003.

After completion of medical school, he pursued an internship and residency in Internal Medicine. He then completed a fellowship in pulmonary medicine. During this time, he was a Parker B. Francis Fellow in Pulmonary Research.

He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases and also attained certification in Critical Care Medicine in 1989.

Dr. Marcus was actively involved in the teaching of medical students as well as residents in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine.

Dr. Marcus has served as President of the American Lung Association of Nassau-Suffolk and  is also past-President of the Long Island Pulmonary Society. He has attained Fellowship in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians.

His interests have been largely in the fields of asthma and other obstructive lung disease. He has been very interested in pediatric pulmonary problems, particularly asthma, and treated a large number of children in his practice. Sarcoidosis and the diagnosis and early treatment of lung cancer have also been areas of interest.

An obituary appeared in the April 12 edition of the Wall Street Journal.