Elizabeth Pahk Cressman, MD, PhD

1926 – 2021


Elizabeth P Cressman, MD, PhD, 95, passed away Thursday, June 3, 2021.

An anesthesiologist, Elizabeth Pahk Cressman, was a native of Seoul, South Korea, received her medical degree from Seoul Women’s Medical College and completed her anesthesiology residency in Chicago. She was a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology. She and her late husband, Frederick K. Cressman, MD, practiced medicine in Baltimore, Maryland before moving to Louisville in 1975. In Louisville, they both practiced with Norton Healthcare.

After her retirement in 1990, Dr. Cressman’s love of art led her to obtain both a Master of Arts in liberal studies from Bellarmine University and a PhD in art history from the University of Louisville. The Drs. Cressman were major benefactors of the Speed Museum, the University of Louisville and established the Cressman Center for Visual Arts. They were also major benefactors of Norton Healthcare, and established the Cressman Critical Care Center at Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital as well as the Cressman Center for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Research within the Norton Neuroscience Institute. The Drs. Cressman also provided funds for the establishment of a library at Second Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Cressman loved to expand her knowledge by traveling and had been around the world many times.

She is survived by three sisters, Young-Soon Hawang, June Kim and Young-Bok Keh, all of Sarasota, FL, and nieces, nephews and their children.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 6 at Pearson’s, 149 Breckenridge Lane with a private burial at Cave Hill Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.