Renowned gastroenterologist Dr. Marvin Schuster dies from heart disease — 10 key notes

Gastroenterologist Marvin M. Schuster, MD, 87, died on May 12 after a battle with heart disease, The Baltimore Sun reports.

Here's what you should know.

1. Dr. Schuster founded the Marvin M. Schuster Center for Digestive and Motility disorders at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore.

2. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University Vice Dean David Hellmann, MD, wrote in a note to staff that, "Dr. Schuster was an internationally renowned pioneer in research and treatment of motility disorders and gastroenterology."

3. Dr. Schuster created the first GI division that had full time psychologists and medical faculty on staff.

4. Johns Hopkins professor Pankaj Pasricha, MD, said to The Sun, Dr. Schuster was a "pioneer and seminal figure" in the field.

5. Dr. Schuster specialized in irritable bowel syndrome and had seen thousands of IBS patients.

6. Dr. Hellman wrote in his letter that when Dr. Schuster retired in 2000, he received "such an outpouring of affection by his patients," at his retirement reception.

7. Dr. Schuster once treated King Hassan II of Morocco. The king donated a large, undisclosed amount to the hospital to help fund digestive disease research after his treatment.

8. Dr. Pasricha added that Dr. Schuster was a "great human" who was "kind, understanding, patient and respectful to people at all stations of life. He made them feel special."

9. Dr. Schuster was an American College of Gastroenterology past president. He had received many honors throughout his year including the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America's Physician of the Year award.

10. Dr. Schuster's wife and three daughters survive him.

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