GERST--Paul H., M.D., of Tenafly, NJ passed away on September 29, 2013 at the age of eighty-six (86). Dr. Gerst graduated from Columbia College in 1948 and received his M.D. degree from The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in 1952. He completed training in General Surgery and in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center joining the attending staff in 1962. In 1964, he was appointed Department Chairman of Surgery and Surgical Residency Program Director at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center, and Professor of Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a position he held until his retirement in 2003. He had a distinguished career as Surgeon and Educator, and in 2003, he received the Parker J. Palmer Award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for outstanding direction of The Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center Surgical Residency Training program. During the Korean War
, he served as a Medical Officer with the U.S. Army
in Korea. Dr. Gerst is survived by three sons: Steven, a physician and healthcare investment banker in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Andrew, an attorney in Washington, D.C., and Jeffrey, of Tenafly, New Jersey; and a granddaughter, Chantal, of Charlotte, North Carolina. His wife, Dr. Elizabeth C. Gerst, a former Assistant Dean at the College of Physicians and Surgeons died in 1994. Services will be held on Friday October 4, 2013 at 11:30am at Barrett Funeral Home, 148 Dean Drive Tenafly, NJ 07670. Internment at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, New Jersey.