Robert S. Dorian, MD, MBA (1954-2014)
Photo provided by Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Used with permission.
The Editors of Schwartz's Principles of Surgery wish to dedicate this tenth edition to the memory of Dr. Robert S. Dorian, the sole author of the "Anesthesia" chapter in the last three editions. Dr. Dorian was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Livingston, New Jersey where his father was a prominent gynecologist. He received his undergraduate degree in Physics and Music from Tufts University in Boston while at the same time studying piano at the New England Conservatory of Music. Bob received his medical education at Rutgers Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey. After completing an internship in surgery at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, he trained in anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Hospital in New York City. He completed a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. After his training, Bob established practice at the St. Barnabas Medical Center and rose to become the Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology, a position he held for 14 years until his death. He was highly respected on both a national and international basis as an outstanding chairman.
Bob was a consummate anesthesiologist, educator, mentor, and wonderful friend. He was the greatest of clinical anesthesiologists and was dedicated to providing the highest level of care to his patients. He was an extraordinary teacher and as the Program Director of the St. Barnabas anesthesia residency program for ten years, he trained scores of residents. His residents adored him because of the tremendous amount of attention he gave to each resident to assure they were highly trained in their craft and that they were placed in the top fellowships around the nation. Bob was also an incredibly gifted musician, scholar, and thinker. His intellect, humanity, and humor were inspiring to everyone who knew him. Bob was respected on an international basis for his humanitarian work with frequent medical missions to underserved populations around the world. In this endeavor, he was often accompanied by his wife, Linda, and their daughters, Rose and Zoe.
Dr. Dorian had a most special gift and that was to bring out the best in every person that he met and make them feel very special. He lit up every room and made each encounter an occasion to remember. Having a conversation with Bob was one of life's great pleasures. Colleagues, nurses, and patients would look forward to his arrival because he would make them laugh and brighten their day. He was loved by all and will be sorely missed. Bob's memory and legacy will live on in the thousands of patients that he cared for, in the academic programs that he fostered, in the generations of anesthesiologists that he trained, and in his remarkable family. His words and intellect will be preserved in this textbook of surgery.
James R. Macho, MD, FACS, and the editors of Schwartz's Principles of Surgery, Tenth edition