Dr. Sellers, Medicine

Dr. Alfred Mayer Sellers, emeritus associate professor of medicine, died on May 16, 2013, at the age of 89.

Dr. Sellers joined the US Army in 1942 and was a combat medic in the 4th Armored Division in WWII, part of General George S. Patton's 3rd Army. He served in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. After he returned from the war in 1946, he earned his bachelor's degree in medicine and his medical degree from Duke University.

He then completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1952 he was appointed assistant instructor of medicine, in 1955 was appointed an instructor of medicine, in 1961 he became an assistant professor of medicine and in 1966 an associate professor of clinical medicine. Dr. Sellers became emeritus associate professor in 2009.

Dr. Sellers, a cardiologist, was nationally known for his research in the treatment of hypertension. In the 1950s he was a member of the Penn team that developed a surgical procedure called bilateral adrenal-gland removal, that was at the time, a lifesaving procedure for patients with malignant hypertension. He was the author of 66 articles in various medical journals.

He is survived by two sons, David and Joseph; and four grandchildren.