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Tributes to world renowned neurosurgeon who died after contracting coronavirus
31 March 2020, 15:22
Tributes have been flooding onto social media to an "outstanding" world-renowned neurosurgeon who has died after contracting Covid-19.
James T Goodrich, who was known for his pioneering surgery to separate twins joined at the brain and skull, died on Monday "from complications associated with Covid-19", his employer said.
He leaves behind his wife and three sisters.
The 73-year-old Vietnam war veteran, from Oregon, had worked at the Montefiore Centre for more than three decades, where he was the director of the division of paediatric neurosurgery at Montefiore, and professor of clinical neurological surgery, paediatrics, plastic and reconstructive surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
In 2016, Dr Goodrich famously separated conjoined twins Jadon and Anias McDonald during a 27-hour surgery backed by a 40-strong team, and soon became the leading figure for the procedure.
What a great loose! Condolences!— Ahmed Ammar (@AhmedAm16912744) March 30, 2020
I feel very devastated! Dr. James Goodrich was a great friend of mine, I know for over 30 years , he was an outstanding neurosurgeon , has a great sense of humor and true scientist!
He will be always remembered
I lost a very dear friend!
Montefiore Centre said the doctor was a "humble and truly caring man", and recalled him baking festive cookies each year and delivering them to nurses at the children's hospital.
"Dr Goodrich was a beacon of our institution and he will be truly missed," said Montefiore Medicine chief executive Dr Philip O Ozuah.
There will be too many cruel and unfair stories like this one. CoVID-19 doesn’t discriminate based on what you do or who you are… in this case… robbing the life of someone who had saved so many… my friend and fellow neurosurgeon, Dr James Goodrich. Please Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/zYPv0AsYCK— Dr. Sanjay Gupta (@drsanjaygupta) March 31, 2020
He added: "His expertise and ability were second only to his kind heart and manner.
"Dr Goodrich was admired by his Montefiore Einstein colleagues and adored by his patients and Montefiore Einstein will not be the same without his presence."
RIP dr James Goodrich . He was big pillar of support to me and helped me in decision making at each step of Jaga Balia Indian twin separation surgery in 2017 https://t.co/2zoVFFxp3B— drdeepakguptans (@drdeepakguptans) March 31, 2020
Meanwhile, Emad Eskandar, professor and chair of the department of neurosurgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Centre, said his colleague was "the heart and soul" of the department.
He was "a master surgeon, a world-class educator, and a beloved colleague for all.
"His sudden loss is heart-breaking and his memory will always remain foremost in our thoughts.
"Our sympathy and prayers go to his wife Judy, and all those who were close to him."
James Goodrich MD dies of Corona Virus. first time I participated in neurosurgery case was w Dr. Goodrich. He was one of the reasons I went into neurosurgery. An exceptional surgeon, doctor & person. I saw him treat everyone w respect. Tremendous loss.— Starke_neurosurgery (@Starkeneurosurg) March 30, 2020
On Twitter, Dr Deepak Gupta, professor of neurosurgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), recalled Dr Goodrich being a "big pillar of support" as he carried out the separation of conjoined twins Jaga and Balia in 2017.
Another former colleague, Robert M Starke, said his first case in neurosurgery was with Dr Goodrich.
He added: "He was one of the reasons I went into neurosurgery. An exceptional surgeon, doctor and person.
"I saw him treat everyone with respect. Tremendous loss."
Dr Sanjay Gupta, a staff neurosurgeon and CNN correspondent, said of his former colleague: "There wil be too many cruel and unfair stories like this one.
"Covid-19 doesn't discriminate based on what you do or who you are...in this case...robbing the life of someone who had saved so many...my friend and fellow neurosurgeon Dr James Goodrich.
"Please rest in peace."