Shulamit Katzman, Aventura pediatrician, dies at 49

Dr. Shulamit Katzman, a South Florida physician and philanthropist, has died of cancer at 49.

Katzman worked at Jackson hospital and was an Aventura pediatrician.

She graduated valedictorian of her high school in Tel Aviv, and after a brief stint of training in the Israel Defense Forces, she enrolled in the Tel Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine in 1988.

She traveled with her husband and oldest daughter to Miami and started in the pediatric residency program at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she met Shirley Press.

Press, also a doctor, remembers her friend as a “humanitarian” and an “extraordinary person.”

“She had Abby, her daughter, in a stroller with her and I wondered how she was going to manage the residency and motherhood,” Press wrote in an email. “Of course, it was no problem. She didn’t just sail through she excelled.”

Katzman completed the residency and was an attending physician at Jackson for many years, and eventually served in an Aventura pediatric practice.

Her giving extended to multiple groups and organizations. She was a founding member of Larger than Life, an organization that focused on aiding Israeli children suffering from cancer, she served on the board of directors of the Tel Aviv medical school, was a Women of Tomorrow mentor at Dr. Michael Krop Senior High and, along with her husband, was a golden angel donor to the Jackson Memorial Foundation (the title given to donors of $50,000 to $99,999).

Katzman is survived by her husband, Chaim Katzman, the chairman and founder of Equity One, a real estate investment trust based in Miami and New York City, and her three daughters, Abigail, Bat-Ami and Evrona.

A memorial observance for Katzman, who died Aug. 28, will be at 11 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus, 20350 NE 26th Ave in Northeast Miami-Dade.

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