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Remembered by colleagues as an “intellectually phenomenal” infectious diseases pediatrician who “could make anything interesting,” S. Michael Marcy, M.D., FAAP, of Los Angeles, died Sept. 5 of cancer. He was 77.
Dr. Marcy received the 2012 AAP Section on Infectious Diseases Award for a Lifetime Contribution in Infectious Diseases Education. He was a member of the section, the Committee on Infectious Diseases, Committee on Continuing Medical Education and was chair of PREP The Course and co-chair of PREP:ID.
Dr. Marcy’s full-time practice experience combined with academic acumen gave him a unique perspective to look at how recommendations would impact the care of children, noted 2000-’12 Red Book editor Larry K. Pickering, M.D., FAAP. Whether it was during planning meetings for the AAP Red Book or as a contributing member of an Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meeting, “You always came away from discussions (with Dr. Marcy) a little smarter.”
Dr. Marcy most recently served as clinical professor of pediatrics at University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and presented grand rounds at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He also was an adjunct researcher and investigator with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser-Permanente Research and Evaluation Program’s Vaccine Safety Datalink Projects in conjunction with Harbor UCLA.
Born during the Holocaust, he and his parents fled Nazi Germany to the United States. He served in the U.S. Army as staff pediatrician in U.S. Army in Europe Hospitals in Neubrucke and Munich, Germany. Dr. Marcy earned his medical degree from Penn Medical School and completed an infectious diseases internship at Mass General and Boston City Hospitals.
He is survived by his wife, Joan, two children and two grandchildren.