Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

Tending Greatness

C.B. Gavant

What it’s like to practice medicine…when your patient is the gadol hador?

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

When Dr. Alan Weiss, a cardiologist from St. Louis, Missouri, was first introduced to Rav Elazar Menachem Man Shach over 20 years ago, he was a recent baal teshuvah who knew nothing about the gadol until a friend offered to bring him for a brachah. “I walked in and thought, ‘This man is in his 90s, how can he remember anything?’ ” recalls Dr. Weiss. Rav Shach looked at him with a twinkle in his eye and said, “Maybe the doctor has something for my memory?” That exchange sparked a decade-long relationship between the gadol and the doctor, replete with countless demonstrations of warmth and attention that Dr. Weiss still treasures. But Dr. Weiss is far from the only physician to have nurtured a strong bond with some of our nation’s greatest leaders. There’s a small cadre of doctors who consider it their greatest honor to be the trusted practitioners for eminent gedolim, navigating a fine balance between their instinctive awe and professional obligations toward these extraordinary patients.

To read the rest of this story, please buy this issue of Mishpacha or sign up for a weekly subscription

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.

Evolution vs. Revolution
Shoshana Friedman I call it the “what happened to my magazine?” response
Up, Up, and Away
Rabbi Moshe Grylak What a fraught subject Eretz Yisrael is, to this day
Where Do You Come From?
Yonoson Rosenblum Could they be IDF officers with no Jewish knowledge?
Heaven Help Us
Eytan Kobre Writing about anti-Semitism should rouse, not soothe
Work/Life Solutions with Chedva Kleinhandler
Moe Mernick “Failures are our compass to success”
An Un-Scientific Survey
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Are Jerusalemites unfriendly? Not necessarily
Out of Anger
Jacob L. Freedman How Angry Lawyer was finally able to calm down
5 Things You Didn’t Know about…Yitzy Bald
Riki Goldstein He composed his first melody at eight years old
When the Floodgates of Song Open, You’re Never Too Old
Riki Goldstein Chazzan Pinchas Wolf was unknown until three years ago
Who Helped Advance These Popular Entertainers?
Riki Goldstein Unsung deeds that boosted performers into the limelight
Your Task? Ask
Faigy Peritzman A tangible legacy I want to pass on to my children
Are You There?
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Emotional withdrawal makes others feel lonely, abandoned
A Peace of a Whole
Rebbetzin Debbie Greenblatt Love shalom more than you love being right
Seminary Applications
Rabbi Zecharya Greenwald, as told to Ariella Schiller It’s just as hard for seminaries to reject you