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Remembering Adrian Greenstein, MD, FACS, FRCS

Wednesday, April 26, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Briggs
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It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Adrian Greenstein, MD, FACS, FRCS, a beloved colleague and friend, and a Professor of Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai since 1968. He built a career operating on the most difficult cases—those most surgeons would avoid—and in the process established himself as a world-renowned expert on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Until recently, Dr. Greenstein maintained the busiest complex IBD surgical practice in New York City.

 

Often, high-caliber surgeons like Dr. Greenstein are primarily known for their technical skills. However, his expertise was a step beyond the rest due to his diligent tracking of patient outcomes, a subject on which he published an impressive array of research papers. Dr. Greenstein’s clinical investigations, and more than 160 papers and 30 chapters, served as guides to practically every aspect of surgical management of patients with colorectal conditions. In essence, when clinicians cite the “Mount Sinai experience” in regards to the surgical management of IBD, Dr. Greenstein’s work is quoted.  He truly established Mount Sinai’s Department of Surgery as a major force in the management of complicated colorectal surgical conditions. 

 

In addition to his research and teaching accomplishments, Dr. Greenstein was a marvelous physician. Possessing a legendary bedside manner, he was adored by patients and colleagues.  Generations of residents and medical students were fortunate to be trained by such a well-rounded physician. As further proof of his remarkable impact on the Mount Sinai community, Dr. Greenstein won the 2011 John H. Garlock Award (Medal), which recognizes “outstanding service to the Mount Sinai Department of Surgery over the course of a career.” 

 

Dr. Greenstein received his medical degree from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He completed his postgraduate training as a surgeon in the United Kingdom and became a fellow of both the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and England. He went on to complete his residency at Boston University in 1968, after which he joined the Mount Sinai Medical Center as a member of the full-time faculty.

 

We extend our deepest condolences to his entire family, including his son and our colleague, Alexander J. Greenstein, MD, Associate Professor, Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 


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