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Robert "Dr. Bob" B. Sklaroff, MD

Robert "Dr. Bob" B. Sklaroff, MD

d. August 14, 2022

Born in 1951 to parents Roslyn Cohn and David Mann Sklaroff, M.D., in Philadelphia, PA, he followed in his father's footsteps, entering medicine after completing the 5-year program at Penn State and Thomas Jefferson University in 1974. His internship/residency was at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI, before his fellowship in medical oncology/hematology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center finished in 1979 and at Hahnemann University in 1980. He was a clinical assistant Professor at Temple University from 1980 to 2000. He founded his own private practice in 1981, and tirelessly helped sundry patients fight their diseases. He won various awards from the American Cancer Society, American Medical Association, American Heart Association, JFK Memorial Hospital, Albert Einstein Medical Center, American Academy of Family Practice, and the Pennsylvania Nurses Association. He had numerous appointments to institutions in the Philadelphia area, including the hospitals of Elkins Park, Episcopal, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Lawndale, JFK Memorial, Moss Rehab, North Penn, Northeastern, Oxford, Philadelphia Geriatric Center, and Nazareth.

Besides being a fierce advocate for his patients, he also succeeded in medical-legal work and passionate activism, always laboring hard to try to make the world a better place. He was a long-standing anti-tobacco activist, supported Israel, helped institute safer designed needles for nurses, fought medical insurance monopolization, and was instrumental in passing the PA Holocaust education bill besides supporting education more broadly. He liked to say that like his childhood Superman's show intro, he stood for "truth, justice, and the American way". He had copies of the US Constitution in his back pocket, in his car, at his desk, and even a snippet on a specialty pillow for his bed. He took great pride in his Sunday New York Times crossword puzzles, his family and friends, as well as passionately talking about and debating current events.

He is survived by his brother, Harvey, and son, Michael. Internment was private. There will be a celebration of his life at Gratz College in Fall, and a fund there in his memory is being created which will be matched before August 31.

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