CUIMC Stories: Eleanor Tobis Silverman

Eleanor Tobis Silverman, shares her experience at CUIMC.

October 8, 2020

As we face the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been looking at general stories of strength and resilience.  Meet Eleanor Tobis Silverman who was a baby during the 1918 Pandemic. She is featured here with her doctor, Dr. Sven Wenske, MD, who gave her flowers on the occasion of her 102nd birthday. As Eleanor said upon receiving the bouquet, “This made my day.” 

Her daughter Beth Silverman-Yam (SW ’68), noted that her mom “thinks the world of Dr. Wenske and all of her Columbia doctors!”  Eleanor’s other daughter, Deborah Dezure, explained, “My mom has had a remarkably positive experience with Dr. Wenske whom we feel has contributed immeasurably to her ongoing health, enabling her to reach the age of 102 with a good quality of life.  Every interaction we have had with Dr. Wenske has been professional, positive, responsive and effective.  Dr. Wenske is truly superb as a physician and caring healer.  We are so fortunate that he is overseeing the care of our mother.”   

Dr. Wenske joined the Department as Assistant Professor in 2013, after completing his Urology Residency at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Wenske has great interest and dedication in clinical and basic urologic research. He published numerous research articles in peer-reviewed journals, wrote several Urology textbook chapters, and has participated as a speaker at several national and international urologic conferences.

Happy Birthday, Eleanor! To learn more about her extraordinary story, read her bio here

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