Dr. Edward Zissman was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was educated close to home, graduating from two of the city’s most prominent institutions: Temple University and Hahnemann Medical College.

The Chessmen

While he excelled at his studies, Dr. Zissman was busy spending his off hours as the third member of a popular Phildelphia’s ’60s folk band, The Chessmen – often opening shows for other up-and-coming natives like a young man named Bill Cosby.

It was around this time that Dr. Zissman met his match in Phyllis and the two were married and headed south to Baltimore, where he completed his pediatric internship at Sinai Hospital – and then on to Boston, MA for his pediatric residency at the U.S. Naval Hospital and Tufts New England Medical Center (The Boston Floating Hospital). From there, Dr. Zissman became Chief of Pediatrics at the Naval Hospital in Orlando, Florida, where he settled with his family and founded a small private pediatric practice, Altamonte Pediatric Associates.

As of today, that growing family consists of 4 children and 3 grandchildren – with more on the way. And that little pediatric office in a mostly rural Central Florida town? It’s become bustling Orlando’s premier private pediatric practice, Altamonte Pediatric Associates– with three offices, six pediatricians, seven CPNPs, and over 45,000 annual visits – now celebrating its 37th year of service!

Dr. Zissman is a board certified fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is the past president of the Florida Chapter of the AAP and current AAP District X Vice-Chair. Some of his professional positions include Founding Medical Director of the Central Florida Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and the Central Florida Tay-Sachs Disease screening program. His medical interests include behavioral disorders and disorders of elimination. Outside of the office, Dr. Zissman is a leader in community activity, listens to jazz, enjoys traveling with family and friends, and loves sports.