Mark Robert Laser M.D.
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Laser, MD, Mark Robert
Dr. Mark Laser enjoyed a journey through life filled with a passion for knowledge and adventure, and service to others. Although he passed away on April 7th, 2020 in Aventura Hospital in Florida from complications caused by a COVID-19 infection, he enjoyed sixty-three years dedicated to pursuing his dreams and caring for his family, friends and patients.
He had a brilliant mind and a daring spirit, and embraced varied academic, athletic, and artistic pursuits. At various times, he was an astrophysicist, a neuroscientist, an obstetrician, a robotic surgeon, a racing sailor, and a master Captain, but what was closest to his heart was being a loving husband and father.
Mark was born in New York and grew up primarily in Long Island. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in Physics and started as an R&D engineer developing optical displays for the Singer sewing machine company. He then went on to Columbia University for a graduate degree in astrophysics. His research, included time at NASA where he conducted an experiment from Houston on a Space Shuttle mission. In searching for something to bring more meaning to his life, he switched interests from physics to medicine, and he entered an MD/PhD program at Yale University as a neuroscientist. While at Yale, he met and fell in love with another neuroscience graduate student, Amy Knorr, and they married in 1989. During his medical rotations he found that his true professional calling was not as a scientific researcher, but to have a direct connection to his patients as a medical doctor. He fell in love again, this time with delivering babies and the joy of bringing new life into this world. He became an obstetrician and gynecologist and founded a private practice in Trumbull, CT, Women's Healthcare, with his partner Robert Deal, where he provided care to his patients, delivering thousands of babies and helping to save many lives. Mark was an Associate Professor of his alma mater, the Yale School of Medicine and an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He derived much satisfaction in mentoring and training the next generation of Ob/Gyns. He received many honors over the years for compassion, for excellence in laparoscopic and robotic surgery, and for teaching through his affiliation with Bridgeport Hospital.
Even with such a demanding career, Mark delved into many hobbies that took him on incredible adventures; he backpacked across Europe, he bicycled across the United States, he scuba-dived with sharks along with his brothers, Jeffrey and Ken, and he became a private pilot and flew himself and his wife, Amy away on their honeymoon. While his son and daughter were young, he gave up flying and dedicated time to raising his children, Kelsey and Jacob. As they became older, he had time for a new hobby, sailing. He started out by racing small boats at Milford Yacht Club and worked up to sailing in international competitions in Bermuda. He then develped a yearning for bigger, longer voyages and completed a Transatlantic crossing in 2016, accompanied by his co-captain Fady Khairallah and a crew of like-minded sailing adenturers. He became certified as a Master Captain and retired from medicine in 2019 to pursue his dream retirement of living on a boat and sailing around the world with his wife Amy, his soulmate and first mate. Almost exactly 30 years after he flew them off on their honeymoon, Mark took the helm of their boat to sail away to the Caribbean. They shared four amazing months together island hopping before Mark fell ill with the virus which is currently devastating the globe. Although it was too brief a time, he possessed the intellect, courage and tenacity to see his dreams become a reality.
Mark will be remembered for his compassion, generosity, curiosity, intellect, humor, and adventurous spirit.
Mark is lovingly remembered by his wife, Amy Knorr, their children Kelsey and Jacob, his mother Shirley, and brother Ken. He is also fondly remembered by many others whose lives he touched, including his nieces, nephews, extended family, friends, sailors, colleagues, students, and patients.
He was predeceased by his father Milton and brother Jeffrey.
Due to the social distancing policies that we wish to abide by during this ongoing pandemic, in lieu of a formal service, his family has set up a memorial webpage: A Celebration of Life for Mark will be held at a future date, once quarantine has ended.
His family requests that memorial donations in Mark's memory go to the Centre Hospitalier Louis Constant Fleming in Marigot, Saint Martin, where Mark was originally admitted for treatment.
Published in The New Haven Register on Apr. 17, 2020.
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March 16, 2021
A vivid memory of Mark exploded into my mind today. It was of me sitting at a computer at the hospital charting, and I hear a man’s lovely voice humming a Garlic tune behind me. I turn around to find Dr. Laser very happily humming/singing/tapping his way through Mairi’s Wedding. He promptly, and animatedly, began to tell me about it and his connection with Gaelic culture. That mutuality was something that unexpectedly brought us together through the arduous shifts on the obstetrics unit. He would softly stand behind my chair and hum Mairi’s Wedding to me while I worked. It was lovely. So was he. And now I might walk down the aisle at my wedding to that very song. It’s comforting to know he (and others we lost) are still remembered through such simple things on ordinary, and extraordinary days.
February 17, 2021
Our sympathy and condolences to Dr. Laser’s wife, children, family and friends. Dr.s Laser and Deal and their practice saw us successfully through three pregnancies, and everything related since 2000, and when the practice moved north from Fairfield, at the time our growing family moved back down to Darien, the commute for office visits made no difference at all, these fellows were keepers! Mark shared his authentic good nature and humor as easily and eloquently as his medical knowledge and advice. I feel it really was an honor to have known Dr. Laser, and my heart hurts for those close to him to have suffered such a loss.
July 28, 2020
My deepest condolences to Dr. Lazer’s family and love ones for his passing. He was the best doctor and such a motivator. I will never forget him as he deliver my 1s born at a time when I had gone through a difficult time in my life.

Dr. Lazer gave me hope, strength and the greatest gift of delivering my daughter and becoming the proudest mother in the world! You will forever be in my memory and heart!

Rest In Peace!
Francia Bucknor
July 5, 2020
He will always be remembered in the hearts of many!
Diane Cooper
June 18, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Dr. Laser's family! Just found out today about his passing. He was my GYN for 23 years....he always joked with me that I was his #1 patient because I was the first patient when he and Dr. Deal opened their practice together when I followed him from his previous practice so my patient number is 000001. I was sad for myself when he retired but very happy for him. That he only got 4 month of retirement is a crime after all his hard work and long years of caring for patients. I agree with Kelly below that the world is a little worse off for not having Dr. Laser in it. Bless him in his new journey and bless his family and friends he left behind. Wendi
Wendi Cain
June 16, 2020
Sadly today I learned of Dr Lasers passing . He was there to help me through some of the best and worst news of my life as my doctor and did so with more grace and compassion than anyone could imagine. The world is a little worse for not having a Dr Laser in it . Sending such deep condolences for someone I truly revered .
Kelly , a patient for 20 years
May 5, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family and staff of Dr. Laser. He was my doctor for many years. Dr. Laser was a compassionate and wonderful person. I was heartbroken to hear of his passing. He will be truly missed and forever in my heart !!
Kim Haste
May 2, 2020
My deepest condolences to family, friends and staffs, I'm lost for words, he was my Dr for many years..
David Reyes
May 2, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the family, friends and staffs, from Herminia Morales, I'm lost of words I was just given the news..
Herminia Morales
April 29, 2020
Dr.laser was one of my favorite Doctors who has left a long-lasting impression on me as a patient and a person. He was truly a phenomenal Doctor and always gave 100% of his care and attention to his patients. Every time I walked in his office I left out with a laugh and smile. My sincerest condolences go out to his family. Dr.Laser will be missed!
April 29, 2020
Theresa Grant
April 25, 2020
We will miss you dearly and our hearts weigh heavily with sadness. Thank you so much for all your help and most of all for our beautiful daughter. We will forever remember your kindness and be thankful for your contribution to our life
April 23, 2020
I first met Dr. Laser when I was 19 I needed emergency surgery. He saw me through many more and the birth of all my children. He saved my life when I had severe preeclampsia. I was so sad to hear of his passing. He was patient and compassionate and he will be missed.
April 23, 2020
Oh my! I am heartbroken to hear of this! I did not want to believe this was true. Ive known Dr. Laser for 22 years once I became pregnant with my first born. I wound up with false labor and my son fell asleep so no baby. So Dr. laser said wait a week bc Ill be on vacation and Ill be back. Well Dr. Deal delivered my son in 99. Then in 2002 Dr. Laser delivered my daughter. Such a great man & always knew what to do! Condolences to all his family & friends. We love you and if it wasnt for you my daughter would not be here!!! God bless all ❤
Dana Ligouri
April 23, 2020
Oh my! I am heartbroken to hear of this! I did not want to believe this was true. Ive known Dr. Laser for 22 years once I became pregnant with my first born. I would up with false labor and my son fell asleep so no baby. So Dr. laser said wait a week bc Ill be on vacation and Ill be back. Well Dr. Deal delivered my son in 99. Then in 2002 Dr. Laser delivered my daughter. Such a great man & always knew what to do! Condolences to all his family & friends. We love you and if it wasnt for you my daughter would not be here!!! God bless all ❤
Dana Ligouri
April 23, 2020
Dr Laser without you my son would not be here today.Thank you so much for giving me the hope and encouragement that no one else would. You will be so truly missed. I will always remember what you have done for me. My condolences to you family I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers are with you at this time.
April 23, 2020
Dr. Laser was such a kind, caring doctor who delivered my daughter almost 15 years ago. He hugged me goodbye last spring when he told me he would be retiring, and it was a bittersweet moment. I was disappointed that he would no longer be my doctor, but I was happy to hear that he was going to live out a dream of sailing around the world. I am glad that he was able to live that dream life for a few months before becoming ill, but it certainly was too soon to go. He will be dearly missed by so many. My condolences to his family.
Mindy Hatfield
April 23, 2020
Dr. Laser always kept us on our toes between rolling down the office hallways on his hoverboard or fly a drone around the office. He was always around for a good laugh. It was a honor working with him. My condolences to all family,friends, and associates. He was loved by so many.
April 23, 2020
My thoughts prayers and condolences go out to his family and colleagues he was a Great Doctor and an all around Great person. He will truly be missed R.I.P Dr. Laser.
April 22, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Dr Laser's passing. I have been a patient of his for 28 years and he delivered two of my children. I saw him last year just before he retired and it was sad to know he wouldn't be there when I came in next time. He was a wonderful man, I can't say enough about him. My condolences to the family, I am so sorry for your loss.
Terry Palmer Caroleo
Terry Caroleo
April 22, 2020
Mark a passionate and caring gynecologist delivered 2 of my babies I miss as my Dr. after retirement. May he Rest In Peace. my deepest condolences to the family.
Myrlene Jean-louis
Significant Other
April 22, 2020
My condolences to the Family .He was a great Doctor and a wonderful human. Will be missed.
Kasia T
April 21, 2020
This is a painful loss. We've lost a dear fellow, and a wonderful person. Penny & Hugh
April 20, 2020
24 Years ago, Dr. Lazer delivered my son... He was a wonderful and compassionate doctor.
My sympathies to your family.
Tina Banas
April 20, 2020
Christine and I are so sorry for your loss. I am so glad that I got to know Mark and your children. May he rest in peace and our deepest sympathy to all of you.
Lynn Vento
April 20, 2020
I am so sad, this man got me through the toughest days. He spent hours by my bedside during a long hospital stay on bedrest. We shared lunch and talks about his garden and his family who was the light of his life. To the Laser family, Dr. Deal and Woman's Heath Care, you will be in my prayers.
Amy Ferris
April 20, 2020
I am so saddened to hear of Mark's passing. He was NOT only my doctor for years but I always considered him a friend. Rest easy my friend
Debbie Roos
April 19, 2020
His life was full of life! I'm so sorry for your loss. I never knew him or his family... but I have seen Covid 19. I am an emergency department RN. May your memories provide you some measure of comfort during this most difficult time.
April 19, 2020
I was so saddened to hear of the loss of Dr. Lazar. There aren't enough positive things that one can say about this wonderful man. He was the doctor that went the extra mile for his patients. After surgery or a procedure, he took the time to plainly explain what to expect. He was the doctor that personally called to give you results and next steps rather than passing the task off to a member of his staff. He will not be forgotten. Mark Lazar left behind a remarkable legacy.

May your memories give you comfort at this difficult time.
Helen Richards Lucke
April 18, 2020
Im deeply sad to learn about Dr. Lasers passing. He was my doctor for many years. He pretty much saved my life when I developed pre-eclampsia when expecting my son Patrick, telling my husband to drive me immediately to the hospital to meet him. He stayed up all night checking in on me until Dr. Deal took over the next morning. He also delivered my daughter Stephanie with an incredible care and professionalism. Ill miss him. Condolences and prayers to the family and his friends (specially Dr. Robert Deal). May God comfort your hearts.
Sonia McNamara
April 18, 2020
So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear one. Please accept my condolences. Too many have lost there lives to this virus covid-19. It has no limits, no bound =rys.
May your loved one Rest In Peace.
eleanor kaufman
April 18, 2020
I was shocked and saddened by the news of doctor lasers passing. He was an incredible doctor that I've trusted for many years. He helped me through one of my toughest moments in my life and I'm very thankful for him for being such a caring, compassionate, knowledgeable and honest person. May his family find the strength during these difficult times. Rest in peace Dr. Laser your work and compassion will never be forgotten.
Isis Valqui
April 18, 2020
I am so saddened about the loss of Dr. Laser. He was my doctor for many years and I will always fondly remember him as caring, knowledgeable, and having a great sense of humor. My prayers to his family and friends, may God comfort you and give you strength during this very difficult time.
Rossana Palmieri
April 18, 2020
So sorry to hear about your loss
Judy Jolls
April 17, 2020
Dr Laser will be missed greatly. He was a man who truly cared for his patients. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word. My condolences to his Family. Heaven has gained another Angel.
Priscilla Boiano
April 17, 2020
I was so very sad to hear about the passing of Doctor Laser he was my doctor for many years and what a caring compassionate doctor he was. God bless his family and may their memories comfort them in this difficult time.
Susan Kochefko
April 17, 2020
I was heartbroken when I heard this news. Dr. Laser was my doctor for many years and he was a caring, compassionate man. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and to everyone whose lives he touched over the years. Rest in Peace.
Diana Fox
April 17, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
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