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1935 – 2016

JAY L. GROSFELD, M.D., 1935 –  2016

Dr. Jay L. Grosfeld was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 30, 1935. Dr. Grosfeld graduated Cum Laude from New York University (NYU) and then went on to NYU Medical School graduating in 1961. He entered the general surgical residency at NYU under Dr. John Mulholland, finishing in 1966, the last three years under Dr. Frank Spencer who guided him toward academic medicine and continued as his mentor. During this time he married Margie Faulkner and they subsequently raised five children. After serving two years as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps (1966 – 1968), and being awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Distinguished Service, he trained in Pediatric Surgery at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital at Ohio State University from 1968 – 1970 under Dr. H. William Clatworthy, Jr.

Dr. Grosfeld returned to NYU as Assistant Professor of Surgery in 1970 and after only two years was recruited to be the first full time Professor and Director of Pediatric Surgery at Indiana University and the first Surgeon-in-Chief of the Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. He pioneered the development of pediatric surgery in the state and set the standard for the surgical care of infants and children. In 1985 he was appointed Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine, the first pediatric surgeon in the country so honored. Through his efforts, the Department of Surgery, the Division of Pediatric Surgery, pediatric surgical oncology and related research achieved world class status. He developed an excellent training program and was a role model for his trainees. He won numerous teaching awards at Indiana University including the prestigious President’s Award. He was extremely productive and published 492 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and 135 book chapters, nearly all with students and residents.

Throughout his career Dr. Grosfeld accumulated a multitude of honors. He was a member of every important surgical organization in the U.S. He was Chairman of the American Board of Surgery, President of the American Surgical Association, the Central and Western Surgical Associations, the Surgical Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA), and first Vice-President of the American College of Surgeons, to list a few. He received the highest reward medals of the AAP, APSA, the British and European Associations of Pediatric Surgery and numerous honorary fellowships including the Royal Colleges of England, Scotland and Ireland. He was also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery which he led to be the leading pediatric surgery journal in the world.

Dr. Grosfeld was recognized as an outstanding clinician, master surgeon, inspiring teacher, talented administrator, innovative scientific investigator, surgical leader and a staunch advocate for children. He won numerous teaching awards at Indiana University including the prestigious President’s Award and the Glen W. Irwin, Jr. Award for Distinguished Faculty Service. Dr. Grosfeld is best known for his expertise in neonatal surgery, pediatric surgical oncology and surgical education.

Dr. Grosfeld's greatest legacy is his family. He was happily married to his devoted wife Margie for 54 years and together they set a standard for a successful and close family life. He is survived by his wife, Margie (Faulkner); his sister, Clair (Bernie) Zucker; his children, Alicia (Bruce) Thorne, Dalia (Jean-Philippe) Maheu, Janice (Martin) Kaefer, Jeffrey (Deborah) Grosfeld, and Mark Grosfeld; and 17 grandchildren. Dr. Grosfeld was buried in a private ceremony by his family in Crown Hill Cemetery. A Memorial Celebration of Life was held at the Indianapolis Museum of Art for friends and colleagues. He will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege, pleasure and honor of knowing this kind, caring and loving man.