Dr. Charles N. 'Chaz' Schoenfeld, emergency medicine doctor, dies

Hopkins Bayview physician had earlier established an Advanced Life Support Program in Talbot County

  • Dr. Charles N. Schoenfeld
Dr. Charles N. Schoenfeld
December 15, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Dr. Charles N. "Chaz" Schoenfeld, retired vice chairman of emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center who was an acknowledged expert in the field of emergency medicine, died Friday of complications from cancer at his Middle River home. He was 60.

Charles Nicholas Schoenfeld, the son of a career naval officer and a homemaker, was born in Boston and raised at various military posts where his father served.

After graduating from Annapolis High School in 1968, he earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1972.

Dr. Schoenfeld, who was known as "Chaz," earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1976.

After he completed an internship at Union Memorial Hospital, he went to work for the U.S. Public Health Service at Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation in Montana, near the Canadian border.

He returned to Union Memorial in 1978 and completed residencies in internal and emergency medicine, becoming board-certified in both disciplines.

In the early 1980s, Dr. Schoenfeld went to work as an attending physician in emergency medicine at Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge and Memorial Hospital in Easton.

As the volunteer medical director in Talbot County, Dr. Schoenfeld implemented an advanced life-support program that resulted in a higher level of emergency care and reduced heart-attack deaths.

The program that Dr. Schoenfeld established is now county-operated and supported by emergency medical service personnel.

For his work in the county, Dr. Schoenfeld was presented a Talbot County Certificate of Recognition for "outstanding services, contributions and dedication to emergency care."

He also had been presented a State of Maryland Senior Citation for establishing the ALS program in Talbot County.

In 1989, Dr. Schoenfeld returned to Baltimore and joined the Johns Hopkins Health System as an attending physician and vice chair of emergency medicine at Bayview.

Dr. Todd H. Rosen, an attending physician at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, trained with Dr. Schoenfeld in emergency medicine at Hopkins and was an old friend.

"Chaz was one of my mentors and, in my opinion, a pre-eminent emergency medical physician and an all-around great teacher," said Dr. Rosen. "We held him, his students, in very high regard and esteem."

He said that Dr. Schoenfeld was not "demanding but always very supportive and not endlessly critical."

"He had good, solid knowledge, which he imparted to residents year after year. He never lost his calm and his professional demeanor," Dr. Rosen said. "He had good clinical acumen, and the patients loved him."

Dr. Rosen said that Dr. Schoenfeld's work at Bayview entailed supervising the residents and he was "always there for assistance."

"Anyone who came out of that Hopkins emergency medical program would have the same opinion of him," Dr. Rosen said. "He was a superb doctor and a superb person."

He was named Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus Emergency Department Teacher of the Year and had been nominated for the National Emergency Medicine Residents' Association Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Schoenfeld retired from Bayview in 2008.

He was an accomplished woodworker and an avid Chesapeake Bay sailor.

Services are private.

Surviving are his wife of two years, the former Carol DeVan; a son, Jeffrey Lichok of Orlando, Fla.; his mother, Vira Patton Schoenfeld of Annapolis; two brothers, William P. Schoenfeld of Orlando, Fla., and Paul H. Schoenfeld of St. Mary's, Ga.; a sister, Susan K. Stephens of Southport, N.C.; a stepson, Christopher J. Palardy of Ellicott City; and a stepdaughter, Leigh Palardy of Ellicott City. Two earlier marriages ended in divorce.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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