Irwin Bernard Eskind, M.D.

(1925 - 2005)

Irwin Eskind was born in Nashville, Tennessee on January 25, 1925, to Florence and Herbert Eskind. He was educated in the Nashville public schools and received his B.A. and M.D. degrees from Vanderbilt University in 1945 and 1948.

From Vanderbilt, Eskind went to Boston City Hospital, completing a residency in internal medicine in 1951. He spent a third year in residency at Vanderbilt studying internal medicine under Drs. Hugh Morgan and Rudolph H. Kampmeier. After serving two years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, Dr. Eskind spent another year in Boston at the Lahey Clinic as a fellow in Gastroenterology.

In 1954 Irwin Eskind returned to Nashville to establish a private internal medicine practice and served as a member of the medical staff of Vanderbilt and St. Thomas Hospitals. Dr. Eskind also became a successful businessman, helping to found Hospital Affiliates International, which was sold in 1977 for $76 million, and Health America Corporation.

Dr. Eskind and his wife Annette have been longtime supporters of the Vanderbilt Medical Center and the Nashville community. Dr. Eskind served as a member of the VUMC Board for over twenty years, and his vision for health care and substantial financial support has greatly influenced the direction and prominence of the medical center. He was also a longtime member of the Vanderbilt Board of Trust, serving as a member of the Executive, Budget, and Campaign Committees. Dr. Eskind was a generous supporter of the Blair School of Music, the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, the Nursing School's Julia Hereford Society, and the Friends of the Library. The biomedical library, completed in 1994, and comprehensive diabetes center, opened in 2005, both of which bear Irwin and Annette Eskind's names, attest to Dr. and Mrs. Eskinds' dedication to Vanderbilt.

Dr. Eskind's two sons, Drs. Jeffrey and Steven Eskind, have established the Irwin B. Eskind Symposium on Diabetes Care and Research, which will be an annual event held at Vanderbilt.