Saul Hoffman, M.D.
1931 - 2009
Dr. Saul Hoffman, a well known New York City Plastic Surgeon died on December 14, 2009 after a long illness. Dr. Hoffman was a native of Calgary, Canada and he attended medical school in Alberta, Canada. He came to the United States for training and took his general surgery residency at the then Beth-El Hospital in Brooklyn, (now Brookdale). Following this, he trained in plastic surgery in the Mount Sinai Program with Dr. Arthur Barsky.
He spent his whole professional career in New York City associated with Drs. Arthur Barsky, Sidney Kahn, and Bernard Simon. Dr. Hoffman was on the staff at both Beth Israel Medical Center and at The Mount Sinai Hospital. He was on the Mount Sinai Hospital staff for 43 years and in 1982 to 1988 he was the Chief of Plastic Surgery and the Plastic Surgery Residency Program Director at Mount Sinai. He held the title of Clinical Professor of Surgery/Plastic Surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Dr. Hoffman held important positions in both local (he was the 35th President of the New York Regional Society) and national plastic surgery organizations. He contributed to the plastic surgery literature with over 50 articles and several book chapters many dealing with his known expertise in reconstructive breast surgery. He wrote extensively on that topic.
Dr. Hoffman was also active in community affairs as well as overseas missions. He taught several generations of plastic surgery residents the necessity of spending the needed time with the patient and carefully listening to the patients concerns. He was a master in this respect. Saul Hoffman was a true gentleman and he will be sorely missed.
Lester Silver, M.D.