Dr. Paul J. Fishman had an innate calling to care for the poor and vulnerable in his community. His vision was to establish medical practice in Denver, Colorado. In 1977, Paul J. Fishman MD, PC opened its door at 34th & King St as a primary care family medicine practice. Believing in a family atmosphere, Dr. E. Sam Fishman joined his brother providing patient care while their mother, Janette Fishman, greeted patients at the front desk. Drs. Paul J. and E Sam Fishman were committed to honest, ethical behavior, and integrity in everything they did in the practice of medicine. They wanted to build a medical practice that promoted kind behavior in not just themselves, but in their colleagues, and patients.
With the development of the Larimer Square area, Dr. Fishman moved his practice to the heart of Denver at 1860 Larimer Street as part of the Downtown Medical Center across from Sekura Square and became known as Geriatric and Family Medicine Associates, PC. It was there that Dr. I. Benjamin Geller joined the group which served pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients. Drs. Fishman and Geller created a medical model well ahead of its time and became Denver’s first multi-specialty urgent care center.
The doctors didn’t just treat patients in clinic, but cared for patients at Beth Israel Hospital & Geriatric Center, Rose Hospital, and St. Anthony Hospital Central, when it was across the street from Sloan Lake. The doctors had a true passion and love for caring for older adults and continued to leave a footprint in the Denver community by caring for residents in local nursing homes and conducting home visits.