Estherina Shems, MD

Title: Retired Child Psychiatrist

Location: Wynnewood, Pennsylvania, United States

Estherina Shems, MD, Retired Child Psychiatrist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Psychiatry.

Now retired, Dr. Shems has dedicated 44 years to psychiatry, and continues to offer her expertise to the American Medical Women’s Association in various committees and task forces. She had always wanted to be a doctor ever since she was young, but fell into the profession of child psychiatry. Ultimately, she became a valued member of the Philadelphia Psychiatric Center and the Irving Schwartz Institute for Children and Youth from 1964 to 1981, and served as a consultant in the field until 2002. Dr. Shems is the recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and was selected to appear in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East, and Who’s Who in the World.

Dr. Shems is a U.S. citizen born in Tel Aviv to Aaron and Rachel Shems. She attended Lynchburg College to earn a BS, cum laude, in 1954 and a MD from the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1958. She joined Lankenau Hospital in 1958 as a rotating intern, and served a fellowship in adult psychiatry with the University of Pennsylvania. In 1962, she became an assistant instructor with the university’s department of psychiatry, and in 1963 she went on as a child psychiatry affiliate with the Child Study Center of Philadelphia. Dr. Shems joined Irving Schwartz in 1964.

In 2009, Dr. Shems was recognized by Lynchburg College with an honorary DSc, and has earned a fellowship with the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. She was named one of the Outstanding Young Women of America and one of the Outstanding Young Women of Pennsylvania early in her career, and received the T. Gibson Hobbs Outstanding Alumni Award from Lynchburg College in 1969. Dr. Shem was later honored with a 1995 Richard H. Thornton Award for Excellence, and received a 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges. She has been married to Donald L. Schotland since 1976.

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