RICHARD MCCRAY

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McCRAY--Richard,

Distinguished Clinician and Educator, Dies at 84. Dr. McCray was a pioneer in gastrointestinal endoscopy. He demonstrated the first fiberoptic endoscope in Boston and, in 1968, introduced endoscopy to New York City. As a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia, Dr. McCray was the founding President of the New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and trained over 100 physicians in endoscopy. In 2005, he was given the Distinguished Educator Award by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. Dr. McCray graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1957 and the College of Physicians and Surgeons (Columbia University) in 1962. He spent his medical residency at St. Luke's and his gastroenterology fellowship on the Harvard Unit at the Boston City Hospital. After his fellowship, Dr. McCray returned to St. Luke's, where he remained until his retirement in 2010. As one of the most distinguished and revered clinicians and teachers, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, the Department of Medicine, and the Medical Board, mourn his passing. Dr. McCray was beloved by his colleagues, students, and patients for his unfailing good humor and dedication to his field. He is survived by his loving wife, Carol Ann McCray, three children from a previous marriage, Jennifer McCray Rincon, Wilson McCray, and Susan McCray, and three grandchildren, Catalina, Sonia, and Carlo Rincon. We extend the deepest sympathy to his family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, Traumatic Brain Injury Unit, in White Plains, NY. Arthur A. Gianelli, MBA, MPH President, Mount Sinai St. Luke's Samuel L . Seward, Jr., MD Chair, Department of Medicine Malcolm Reid, MD Medical Board President

Published in The New York Times on Mar. 12, 2017