Dr. Bloom, Medicine
Dr. Bernard S. Bloom, research professor of medicine, died February 5 at the age of 65 from stomach cancer.
A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Bloom earned a B.A. in 1961 from Northeastern University and a M.A. in economics in 1964. He obtained his Ph.D. in health policy, planning and economics from Penn in 1975.
Dr. Bloom began his career at Penn in 1974 as an associate in the department of community medicine. For over 30 years, he worked in many different departments including medicine, health care systems, dental care systems and prevention, psychiatry, and research medicine. He also worked at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, the Institute on Aging, and in the Wharton School.
Between 1968 and 1977, he was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School in the department of preventive and social medicine. During 1996-97, he was a visiting professor at Groupe Image, l’École Nationale de la Santé Publique, Paris, France. During 2002-03, he was visiting professor at the University of Linköping, Linköping, Sweden, and at the Swedish Council on Technology Assessment in Health Care, Stockholm, Sweden.
He taught health economics and conducted research at Penn, and was also a consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe and head of research for the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Widely published in many professional journals, his research and teaching focused on national and international health policy issues, evaluation of clinical, economic and quality of life outcomes with special emphasis on the elderly, physician decision making, role of scientific medicine in clinical practice, cost-effectiveness of medical care, health systems strategic planning, management and financing, and utilization of epidemiological, clinical, economic and quality of life methods.
Dr. Bloom is survived by his wife, Elayne Hankin; daughter, Laura; sons, Eric and Peter; two grandchildren; and a brother.
Donations may be made to Juntos, a nonprofit that aids Latinos in South Philadelphia, 1318 Ritner St., Philadelphia, PA 19148.
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