James T. Goodrich, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Neurosurgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Montefiore Medical Center, passed away on March 30, 2020, due to complications of COVID-19. Goodrich was born in Oregon, a child of four. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and received a Bachelor of Science from the University of California in 1974. He earned MS, Ph.D., and MD degrees at Columbia University, after which he completed residency training in neurological surgery at the New York Neurological Institute from 1981 to 1986.
Dr. Goodrich dedicated more than 30 years to Pediatric Neurosurgery at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. A pioneer in the field of brain and craniofacial reconstructive surgery, he gained worldwide recognition for performing several successful separations of Craniopagus twins. He was recognized by numerous awards, most notably the New York City Mayors Award in Science and Technology, the Bronze Medal from the Alumni Association of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Sir William Osler Medal from the American Association for the History of Medicine.
In the words of his medical school classmate, Montefiore colleague and close friend, Dr. Jacqueline A. Bello, “Jim served his country with pride, his profession with trailblazing innovation and his patients facing complex clinical challenges with expertise and empathy. His dedication and resolve against all odds are lessons to live by, as we confront the pandemic that took his life, leaving us his legacy.”
Always a free spirit, he enjoyed travel, surfing, and music. In addition, he was a collector of rare medical history books and artifacts and fine wine. Dr. Goodrich will be remembered as a champion in his field, a loving husband, and a kind soul. He is survived by his wife, Judy, three sisters, and us, who truly owe him a debt of gratitude.
David M. Mirsky, MD
April 1, 2020