Dr. Philip Marcus, Member of the COPD Foundation's Clinical Advisory Committee, Dies

April 16, 2012

The COPD Foundation and our community are saddened to share with you the unfortunate news that Dr. Philip Marcus, MD, MPH, FCCP, member of our recently constituted COPD Foundation Clinical Advisory Committee (CAC) died suddenly last weekend while on a family vacation in France.

Dr. Philip Marcus, MD, MPH, FCCPProminent, well liked, honored, and respected throughout New York State and beyond he was recently recognized by the ALANY with the Life & Breath Award. Philip Marcus was the founding physician of Nassau Chest Physicians, P.C., an eleven physician and two nurse practitioner private practice specializing in Adult and Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. He was also Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, and serves as Associate Dean of Curriculum Development and the Course Director for the Respiratory System curriculum for second year medical students.

He received his undergraduate degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Columbia University (1969) and his M.D. degree from Downstate Medical Center, summa cum laude (1973). He completed further studies at Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University and received the M.P.H. degree in 2001. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center (1976) and then pulmonary training at Queens Hospital Center and the Northport V.A. Hospital. He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases.

Dr. Marcus has lectured regionally, nationally and internationally on asthma and COPD and has conducted clinical trials in the areas of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Dr. Marcus, was chair of the AARC’s Board of Medical Advisors (BOMA), and has served as President of the American Lung Association of Nassau-Suffolk and is still actively involved with the American Lung Association of New York. In 2010 he was awarded the Life and Breath Award by the American Lung Association of NY. He is also past-President of the Long Island Pulmonary Society. He has attained Fellowship in the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians.   Dr. Marcus was actively involved in the teaching of medical students as well as residents in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine.

His interests have been largely in the fields of asthma and other obstructive lung disease. He has been very interested in pediatric pulmonary problems, particularly asthma, and treated a large number of children in his practice. Sarcoidosis and the diagnosis and early treatment of lung cancer have also been areas of interest.

In addition to being survived by his wife Rovena of Jericho; Dr. Marcus is also survived by his in-laws and surrogate parents Morton and Harriet Shreck; sons: Mitch husband of Sarah Marcus of Forest Hills, Brian husband of Faith Marcus of New York City, a daughter Alyssa wife of Gary Klein of Harrisburg Pennsylvania; and grandchildren, Max Marcus, Luke Marcus, Julia Klein, Jake Marcus, Jenna Klein and Liam Philip Marcus.