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In Memoriam: Jay L. Grosfeld, MD

(From the January 2017 Issue of MedStat)

Jay L. Grosfeld, MD, passed away on October 19, 2016. Dr. Grosfeld trained at Nationwide Children’s from 1968 to 1970 under the guidance of H. William Clatworthy, former chief of Pediatric Surgery. He was one of more than a dozen chiefs of Surgery trained at Nationwide Children’s under Dr. Clatworthy. Dr. Grosfeld went on to become a leader in the field of pediatric surgery, recognized as an outstanding clinician and master surgeon, inspiring teacher, talented administrator, innovative scientific investigator, surgical leader and a staunch advocate for children.

In 1972 Dr. Grosfeld was named as the first surgeon-in-chief of the Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. Throughout his distinguished career he pioneered the development of pediatric surgery and set the standard for the surgical care of infants and children. He developed excellent training programs and was a role model for his trainees. Dr. Grosfeld is best known for his expertise in neonatal surgery, pediatric surgical oncology and surgical education.

According to Larry Moss, MD, surgeon-in-chief at Nationwide Children’s, “Dr. Grosfeld was a tremendous surgeon and a wonderful human being. He beautifully exemplified the values of Nationwide Children’s Surgery — superb patient care, compassion for patient families, research that will help children everywhere, and education of future leaders. We will miss him but never forget him.” 

Gail Besner, MD, chief of the Department of Pediatric Surgery at Nationwide Children’s added, “Dr. Grosfeld was a tireless advocate for children and a staunch supporter of research that could improve the lives of children for generations to come. One of the highlights of my career was to deliver the Jay and Margie Grosfeld Lecture at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Pediatric Surgical Association. His optimism and love of pediatric surgery will be sorely missed.”

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