The Passing of Robert S. Siffert, MD
Friday, February 20, 2015
We are very saddened to announce the passing on Wednesday, February 18, of Robert S. Siffert, MD, former Chairman of Orthopaedics at The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
An internationally acclaimed orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Siffert served as Chairman of Orthopaedics for 26 years. Under his stewardship, the Department introduced and popularized novel procedures, such as hip arthroplasty, which remain among the most common and successful treatments used today.
Dr. Siffert attended New York University for both his undergraduate and medical education and was elected Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. He came to The Mount Sinai Hospital in 1946 as a resident in Orthopaedics, and later joined the voluntary staff. In 1960 he was named Director of the Department of Orthopaedics and Orthopedic Surgeon-in-Chief, a title he retained until his retirement in 1986. With the formation of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, he became the first chairman of its Department of Orthopaedics and the Robert K. Lippmann Professor in 1966. Over the years, Dr. Siffert was also on the staff of the Hospital for Joint Diseases from 1968-86, and the Blythedale Hospital from 1951-2000. He served as a Senior Consultant to the New York City Department of Health from 1952-60. In 1986, he became the Bernard J. Lasker/Robert S. Siffert Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, a chair he held until 2000, after which he maintained the rank of Distinguished Service Professor.
Dr. Siffert had a long-standing interest in pediatric orthopaedics, and in the 1970s he founded the Pediatric Orthopaedic Club of New York. He authored nearly 200 articles and chapters, as well as four books in his field. He lectured, taught, and performed many medical service missions abroad, including serving as a flight surgeon in World War II. He was also a skilled artist who crafted intricate woodcut pieces, many of which hang in permanent exhibition at the Federal Courthouse in lower Manhattan.
We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, colleagues, and friends, and it is with profound gratitude and fondness that we will remember Dr. Siffert’s many years of service to Mount Sinai.
The Siffert family will be sitting shiva on Thursday, from 4 – 8 pm, and Friday, from 11 am – 4 pm, at the Siffert home.
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