Steven H. Selman M.D. , passed away Friday May 13, 2022 after having battled Parkinson's for over a decade. His wife, sons and brother got to be with him here in Toledo for the last few days and much of the day Friday. He practiced and taught medicine for over 40 years, during which time he performed countless thousands of surgeries including over 500 kidney transplants, published over 100 scholarly articles and books, was awarded 23 patents for various medicines and medical devices, and taught untold numbers of medical students who have gone on to help innumerable others. He remained a student himself for as long as he could read and listen, and throughout his life studied, and mastered, a dazzling array of skills: he earned a black belt in Shotokan karate; he was a master fly-fisher and tied his own flies and built his own fishing rods; he loved golf and learned how to build his own golf clubs; and after learning Spanish as a youth he went on later in life to learn German, Hebrew, and Yiddish. He was quiet and unassuming and drew attention to neither himself nor his lifetime of accomplishments. Above all, he was a loving son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather.
Steve retired in March of 2015 as the Chairman of the Department of Urology at the University of Toledo Medical Center, where he was a full professor for many years. His awards were many including the naming of the library in the Urology Department after him and the First Place World Prize in Research from the C. E. Alken Foundation in 1984. His undergraduate studies were at the University of Toledo and he received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. His specialties included general surgery and Renal Transplant Surgery. Steve's father Morris Selman was also a surgeon. Patient care was Steve's number one priority.
Preceded in death by his parents Morris and Helen Selman; sister, Susan M. Selman; and grandson, Louis Selman.
Surviving is his wife, Linda J. (Shapiro) Selman; sons, Benjamin Selman and Jacob (Sabrina Smith) Selman; brother, Dr. Warren (Jennifer) Selman; and grandchildren, Felix, Wilhelmina, Theodor, Sawyer, Desmond and London.
Though we've known that the end was near for a while, we are still in a state of shock and grief. We still can't fully accept the reality of assembling these pictures and writing these words.
Services and interment will be held on Monday, May 16, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Beth Shalom Cemetery, Oregon, OH. In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to the Congregation Etz Chayim or the Kidney Foundation of NW Ohio. The family would like to extend their thanks to Steve's loyal caregivers, Mr. Ahmadullah and Lami Azizi, Shannon Hill, and Denise Hampton. A special thanks also goes out to Dr. Mike Rees for his care and support until the end.
Arrangements by the Robert H. Wick/Wisniewski Funeral Home. (419) 535-5840.