Bernard S. Bloom, 65, research professor of Medicine and Health Care Systems at the University of Pennsylvania, died at his residence in Center City on Feb. 5.
Bloom earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Northeastern University in economics, and his doctorate in health policy, planning and economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
He was a senior fellow at the Leonard David Institute for Health Economics since 1978, and a fellow of the Institute on Aging. He held several key posts, including chief of health-services research at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration and chief consultant of health evidence at the World Health Organization-Europe.
Bloom also held faculty appointments at Penn through the Department of Dental Care Systems, Psychiatry and Health Care Systems Department. Over the past 20 years, he taught more than 4,000 undergraduate students in his introductory course "The Health-Care System." He was widely published in many professional journals.
Bloom is survived by his wife, the former Elayne Hankin; daughter Laura Bloom; sons Eric Bloom and Peter Bloom; brother Nelson Bloom; and two grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Juntos, 1318 Ritner St., Philadelphia, PA 19148.