SEDLIS--Emilia Z., MD, Professor of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine died peacefully at home on December 11, 2012. Mila, as she was known to her family and friends lived for 91 years, was married for 71 years to her beloved husband Alexander (Alik) and worked at Bellevue Hospital for 50 years. Although she was not well for a number of years, she enjoyed life with her devoted and loving family to the end, having dinner and champagne with her husband, children and grandchildren on the Saturday before she died. Mila was brought up in Vilna (now Vilnius) where she entered medical school in 1939. She and her husband were survivors of the Vilna ghetto and after World War II made their way to Rome where they both graduated from medical school in 1949. They arrived in New York City in November 1949. She completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at Cumberland Hospital, graduated from the New York University School of Medicine postgraduate course for Foreign Medical Graduates, then joined the faculty at New York University School of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics. A beloved and inspiring teacher for many generations of medical students winning numerous teacher of the year awards and other honors and accolades. Renowned for her encyclopedic memory of all her students, remembering the names of their significant others and their children and the details of their subsequent careers decades after they graduated from New York University School of Medicine. She was always prouder of the accomplishments of her students than of any of her own achievements. Survived by her husband, sons Steven and Daniel, daughters-in-law Melissa and Cynthia, grandchildren Elizabeth and Jeb Singer, Jenny, Julia, and Lucy, sister-in-law, Joanna, niece and nephew, Anya, James and Amy, and great-nephews, Aaron and Jared. A memorial will be held at a later date. Donations in Mila's memory may be made to
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Published in The New York Times on Dec. 13, 2012