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1934 - 2016

Dr. Jack Rudick died peacefully at home on March 20, 2016, at the age of 82. He was an esteemed and caring general surgeon for more than 45 years, and was survived by his loving wife, Irene, his three children, and many grandchildren.

Born on March 14, 1934 in South Africa, Dr. Rudick went on to complete his undergraduate education in his home country, after which he traveled to England, Scotland, and the United States to complete his academic training. He completed a surgical residency and rotating internships at the Johannesburg General Hospital. He was part of the Surgical Registrar between 1960-1964 at the Hammersmith Hospital and Postgraduate Medical School of London, and the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

In 1964, he moved to the United States to take a position at the University of Washington School of Medicine as a Research Associate. He moved to New York City in 1966 to serve as an Educational Fellow and Assistant Attending at Elmhurst General Hospital, and was appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Assistant Attending in the Department of Surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital. While at Elmhurst Hospital Center, he did research on gastric physiology, working with Dr. David Dreiling, The Chief at Elmhurst. He went on to become an Associate Professor and ultimately, a Clinical Professor of Surgery, as well as an Attending in the Department of Surgery at Mount Sinai. He also held positions at the Doctors Hospital, and the Veterans Administration Hospital as an Attending Surgeon and Consulting Surgeon, respectively. He held the title of Career Scientist at the N.Y. Health Research Council between 1967-1977, and ended his career as an Attending Surgeon at Beth Israel Medical Center.

Dr. Rudick was a member of many professional organizations including the American Surgical Association, the American College of Gastroenterology, and the New York Surgical Society. He was widely published, having contributed to more than 150 books, chapters, and articles.

Dr. Rudick was an adept surgeon with wide varying interests and is greatly missed by all who knew him.