Dr. Elliott Schulman of Wynnewood, PA passed on September 11, 2023. He was the beloved husband of Bonnie Schulman (nee Merion); loving father of David Schulman (Adrienne Webb Schulman) and Andrew Schulman; devoted brother of Lauren Austin (Dana) and brother-in-law of Judy Shapiro (Stan Safady); treasured uncle of Daniel Austin (Ron), Jessica Austin, Evan Shapiro (Jill), and Jordan Shapiro (Kate). He is also survived by cherished dogs Lilly and Jax.
Elliott Arnold Schulman was born in 1947 in the happy suburb of North Buffalo, New York to parents Rose and Morris. From an early age, Elliott embraced the values of hard work and helping others, whether it was walking his neighbor, the rabbi, to and from synagogue, tending the cash register at Par Drugs, or delivering newspapers as a kid during blustery upstate winters. After graduating Riverside High School in 1965, Elliott attended University of Buffalo before enlisting in the National Guard, until he was admitted to the School of Medicine at UB and began his life-long career in healthcare.
Upon completing medical school in 1974, Elliott pursued his residency at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, DC and a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health before moving to Philadelphia and joining Temple Hospital in 1979. Paired up on a blind date, Elliott met his future wife of 40 years, Bonnie, in 1980 and they wed at Green Valley Country Club in 1982. They moved to the suburb of Wynnewood in 1984 and adopted two sons, David and Andrew.
Continuing his patient-focused career, Elliott treated people from all walks of life and began specializing in headache at Germantown Hospital, continuing to Crozer-Chester Medical Center, and finally at Lankenau Medical Center beginning in 2005. Dr. Schulman is remembered fondly for his kind demeanor, a love of practicing medicine, and his desire to know the whole person, not just their symptoms. Adored by patients, he is also recognized professionally for his work advocating for victims of abuse.
Elliott had a deep affection for his faith (Judaism), live music (The Eagles), and weekends at the shore (Bethany Beach, DE). A long-time member of Main Line Reform Temple, he served on the board for many years. In 2019 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and went on to live a productive life seeing patients, writing two books about his experience, and outraising his competition at PanCAN PurpleStride. The impact he had on those around him cannot be understated.
Relatives and friends are invited to Memorial Services on Monday Sept. 18, 1:30 PM, at Main Line Reform Temple, 410 Montgomery Ave, Wynnewood, PA 19096. Services can be streamed at the synagogue website (mlrt.org). Interment is private. Following services, shiva will be observed at the late residence, and again on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7PM.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dr. Schulman's memory to the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo, with the goal of establishing an endowment in his name. For more details, contact Jennifer Seth-Cimini (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Office of Medical Advancement at University of Buffalo.