In Memoriam: Edward James Kosnik Jr., MD

(From the August 2018 Issue of MedStat)

Dr. Edward James Kosnik Jr., was born at home in Baltimore, MD, in 1945. He grew up with five sisters who called him Buzzy and was a graduate of Loyola College and University of Maryland Medical School. During a surgical internship at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, he met the love of his life, Sally. They were engaged ten days after meeting and married three months later. After one year training in neurology at NYU - Bellevue Medical Center, they moved to Columbus in 1971 for his residency in neurological surgery at The Ohio State University.

As a pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. Kosnik devoted 34 years of his life to patients at Nationwide Children's performing more than 12,000 surgeries. He held many leadership positions including Medical Staff President. In 2008, he was named Ohio Neurosurgeon of the Year. He trained many neurosurgeons including several who also specialized in pediatric neurosurgery; his youngest daughter was the most meaningful.

While accomplishing professional goals, Dr. Kosnik and his wife Sally raised four daughters and have been blessed with eight grandchildren. He instilled in his daughters the values of hard work, compassion, perseverance, and selflessness, while inspiring them to pursue careers related to health care. He was an avid fisherman and loved spending time in Charleston, SC, on his boat “Special Lady” named after Sally. His other interests included crabbing, collecting Corvettes, antiques, carousels, Lionel trains, wood working, furniture building and restoring boat motors.

Dr. Kosnik passed away in June 2018. To share a memory, visit