Spouse's name: Christina (deceased May 16, 2005)
Address: 1189 Lowell Road, Schenectady, NY 12308
Occupation: physician and medical school professor
Email address: PaulSorum@cs.com
Phone Number: 518-374-7144
Children: Eve, age 30
Grandchildren: Zoe (born June 1, 2006)
My wife, Christie, suffered a sudden and unexpected cardiac arrest last
May. We were both at home, but I was in another room and, alas, unaware.
Even though as a physician I have seen countless people suffer both
anticipated and unanticipated deaths and even though the news is full of
individual and group tragedies, it took Christie's death, I think, to make
me fully appreciate the utter precariousness of life--and the resulting
need to make the most of what life we have.
Subsequently, our daughter Eve finished her PhD in English, obtained a
tenure-track job at the University of Massachusetts at Boston (where her
husband, John Fulton, teaches creative writing), and gave birth on June 1
to Zoe Christina.
I keep extremely busy in multiple activities: as a primary care physician
for children and adults; as a Professor of Internal Medicine and
Pediatrics at Albany Medical College, teaching evidence-based medicine to
medical students and precepting medical students and residents in our
office; as a researcher on health-related judgment and decision making,
collaborating with a group of psychologists in France; and as an advocate
for fundamental health care reform, chairing the NY Capital District
chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (which advocates
universal access to comprehensive, affordable health care through a
single-payer financing mechanism). I find lots of pleasure in what I
do--particularly in helping to make my patients better or at least to make
them laugh--but I am still deeply sad, of course, when I take our dog for
the long walks that Christie used to love so much.