Dr. Philip D. Zieve

‘Bril­liantly smart’ physi­cian helped fos­ter the tran­si­tion of his hos­pi­tal into Johns Hop­kins Bayview Med­i­cal Cen­ter

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - By Jac­ques Kelly jac­ques.kelly@balt­sun.com

Dr. Philip D. Zieve, the for­mer chair of the depart­ment of medicine at Johns Hop­kins Bayview Med­i­cal Cen­ter, died Satur­day of com­pli­ca­tions from Parkin­son’s dis­ease and Lewy body dis­ease, a form of de­men­tia, at his Vil­lage of Cross Keys home. He was 84.

Dur­ing his decades of ser­vice at Bayview, he worked to smooth its tran­si­tion from a deficit-plagued in­sti­tu­tion owned by the city to a com­po­nent of the Johns Hop­kins Health Sys­tem.

“Phil was a larger-than-life fig­ure. He was seen as bril­liantly smart. He was the go-to physi­cian re­gard­less of your spe­cialty when tough med­i­cal prob­lems arose. He had an en­cy­lo­pe­dic knowl­edge of medicine,” said Dr. Richard G. Ben­nett, Johns Hop­kins Bayview pres­i­dent.

“Be­cause of Phil, the fac­ulty grew years ago de­spite be­ing such a ram­shackle hos­pi­tal. He at­tracted trainees and fac­ulty from all over the coun­try. Phil was a ma­jor leader of the cam­pus who helped lead that trans­for­ma­tion.”

Born in Bal­ti­more and raised in the north­west­ern part of the city, he was the son of William Zieve, an in­sur­ance agent, and Rose Zieve.

A 1950 grad­u­ate of City Col­lege, he earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree from Franklin & Mar­shall Col­lege and a med­i­cal de­gree from the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land.

He met his fu­ture wife, Elaine Wish­nie, when she was a Goucher Col­lege fresh­man and he was a med­i­cal stu­dent.

He com­pleted an in­tern­ship and his res­i­dency at the old Bal­ti­more City Hos­pi­tals and was a fel­low in medicine at the Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity, where he stud­ied hema­tol­ogy. In 1963, he be­came chief res­i­dent in medicine at Si­nai Hos­pi­tal. He held the post for a year.

In a 2004 his­tory of the hos­pi­tal, Dr. Zieve said, “We, as med­i­cal stu­dents, de­liv­ered a lot of ba­bies with­out much su­per­vi­sion, and the ba­bies came at a ter­rific rate.”

In 1964, he be­gan his per­ma­nent af­fil­i­a­tion with Bal­ti­more City Hos­pi­tals in East Bal­ti­more. The in­sti­tu­tion was a mu­nic­i­pal hos­pi­tal that traced its ori­gins to an almshouse. It was ham­pered by a low oc­cu­pancy rate and a lack of pa­tient ameni­ties, yet it had a good med­i­cal staff, with many mem­bers as­so­ci­ated with Johns Hop­kins.

In 1975, he was named a Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sor of medicine. A 1977 Bal­ti­more Sun ar­ti­cle re­ferred to his treat­ment of a Dun­dalk man who was at City Hos­pi­tals re­cu­per­at­ing from the city’s first con­firmed case of Le­gion­naires’ dis­ease.

In a 2000 Hop­kins pub­li­ca­tion, Dr. Zieve said: “You do fall in love with in­sti­tu­tions the way you fall in love with a life’s com­pan­ion. It’s hard to say what there was about this in­sti­tu­tion that ap­pealed to me right from the be­gin­ning. It wasn’t the ap­pear­ance. Now the place looks like some­thing you wouldn’t be ashamed to be seen with in pub­lic.”

Dr. Zieve was ini­tially chief of the mu­nic­i­pal hos­pi­tal’s hema­tol­ogy di­vi­sion. In 1973, he be­came the chair of its depart­ment of medicine and chief of its pro­fes­sional staff.

In the 1980s, he and a col­league, Dr. Ch­ester W. Sch­midt, led an ef­fort out­side the pub­lic view to work out an agree­ment to save Bal­ti­more City Hos­pi­tals by link­ing it with Johns Hop­kins. The old hos­pi­tal had few mod­ern cap­i­tal im­prove­ments and its billing process was de­scribed by a Bal­ti­more news­pa­per as “be­ing in an­ar­chy.”

In 1982, Hop­kins as­sumed man­age­ment of the in­sti­tu­tion.

Af­ter the merger agree­ment took ef­fect, Dr. Zieve re­mained as chief of medicine at Fran­cis Scott Key Med­i­cal Cen­ter and later at Johns Hop­kins Bayview Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

“In his years as chief of medicine at Bayview, he built that in­sti­tu­tion. And for all his skill and ac­com­plish­ment, he was a hum­ble and unas­sum­ing per­son,” said Bal­ti­more at­tor­ney Arnold Weiner. “He was a dear friend and the smartest per­son I have ever known.”

Dr. Zieve trav­eled ex­ten­sively. He­hadalso been a vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor at Pahlavi Uni­ver­sity in Iran and at the In­sti­tuto Na­cional de En­fer­medades in Lima, Peru.

He was the au­thor of nu­mer­ous sci­en­tific ar­ti­cles and was a co-au­thor of “The Prin­ci­ples of Am­bu­la­tory Medicine.” The funeral is pri­vate. Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of 59 years, a Wal­ters Art Mu­seum do­cent; three daugh­ters, Melissa Zieve of Bal­ti­more, Karyn Zieve of Brook­lyn, N.Y., and Al­li­son Zieve of Washington; and nine grand­chil­dren. Dr. Philip D. Zieve had served as a vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor in Iran and in Lima, Peru.

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