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JAFFE--Fredrick, M.D. The members of the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases Department of Orthopaedic Surgery mourn the untimely passing of our valued friend and colleague, Dr. Fredrick F. Jaffe. Dr. Jaffe was an honored member of our department for 44 years, as a resident, faculty member, and Director of the Division of Adult Reconstructive Surgery. He was an outstanding clinician, gifted surgeon and dedicated educator. Thousands of patients have benefited from the hip and knee replacement surgery he performed, restoring productive and pain free lives. He contributed to the education of scores of orthopaedic residents, who now practice the principles he taught. He leaves a saddened hospital community with a profound void. His many years of dedicated work at the Hospital for Joint Diseases touched the lives of an infinite number of people. We grieve his passing as we celebrate his exemplary life and extend our heart-felt sympathy to his wife, Dr. Deborah Moody; his sons, David and Harry; his daughters-in-law, Leslie and Andrea and his grandchildren Zachary, Aria and Lila. Joseph D. Zuckerman M.D., Chair William L. Jaffe, M.D. Joseph A. Bosco, M.D. Kenneth A Egol, Vice Chairs, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center


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Published in New York Times on Apr. 18, 2014.
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January 23, 2018
After 25 plus years of total hip replacements, I am still able to function. Thanks to his knowledge.
Irwin S
Irwin St
Significant_other
February 4, 2016
Blown away and saddened to learn of this news. Was about to make an appt. He did my hips when I was 23, 20 years ago. RIP Dr. Jaffe
David R
December 18, 2015
Dr. Jaffe
From my Mother to you.
Thank you!
Donna Longo
December 17, 2015
Dr. Jaffe replaced my right hip in 2002 (he was still at Doctors' Hospital then and Dr. Moody was my anesthesiologist). He replaced my left hip in 2006, and the revision to the left hip in 2012. He was brilliant and committed and I can't imagine my life without his skilled support. He enabled my independence and comfort. I am learning of his death very late but I mourn with his family and friends.
Candace Coggins
August 25, 2015
When I first consulted Dr. Jaffe I knew I had found the surgeon I could entrust with my complex hip surgery. Delaying the surgery I was not fortunate enough to experience his amazing skill. I did however, meet with Dr. Jaffe as his patient a few times in as many years. He was always extremely patient with my concerns and his calm, caring way comforted and reassured.

When I called to move to the next step and learned of his passing I was shocked and deeply saddened.

Deepest condolences to his wife and family whom I hope are comforted in knowing how much he was loved, trusted and respected by all those who were fortunate enough to know him.

Dr. Jaffe you are sorely missed!

Caroline Parrilla
Caroline Parrilla
August 22, 2015
To Dr. Debra Moody,
I was saddened to learn of Dr. Jaffe's passing. I became his patient when he was still a resident working under Dr. Mark Lazansky at the old hospital up town. Dr. Jaffe got me through two hips and two knees. I will miss him.
Howard Gleichenhaus
May 26, 2015
The best doctor!
He performed bilateral hip replacements for my Mother.
We are very sad to just find this information.
May he RIP and he will never be forgotten. Thank you
Donna Longo
March 31, 2015
My name is Dr. Leslie Rivkind, and I owe my life to Dr. Fred Jaffe, who was my orthopaedic surgeon and to whom I was "a friend in need". Having just learned today of his death (upon referring a beloved cousin to him for possible knee surgery), I hope it is not too late to extend my sympathy to Dr. Moody, Harry, David and their families. His death must surely be a great loss to each of you, as it is even to me. I will dearly miss both him and the knowledge that he would be there if I needed his professional care again. Let me explain:
Having had what Dr. Jaffe mid-career ranked "among the top three most serious cases" of JRA he had ever seen, I met him in 1978 on the advice of Dr. Joseph Milgram, my childhood orthopedist, to explore the possibility of surgery to get rid of the crutches I had been using since childhood. I was a 36-year-old young woman working on my Ph. D. in Psychology. Together we planned 1979 to be a banner year for both of us, especially me: bilateral hip & knee total joint replacements to enable me to discard the axilary crutches I had had to use to walk "before Fred" for nearly 30 years!!! My life can fairly be divided into "before and after Fred".
I will never forget Fred for his affection, skill, kindness, our far-ranging conversations and the fun we had while he guided me through the process of the surgeries and relearning to walk after each one until finally, finally I at last reached the apogee of my new-found ability to walk the streets of NYC and anywhere with the mere spiffy little black ebony cane I still use now!
Knowing how great my own loss is, how much I will miss him, do already, I can only hope these words comfort you, his family, whose loss is so much deeper.
Sincerely, Leslie
Dr. Leslie J. Rivkind
February 17, 2015
I just recommended Dr. Jaffe to a friend and learned of his passing. I am crying over his loss. He was one of a kind; a true healer and a mensch. When I had a botched hip replacement fifteen years ago by a top surgeon, (who would not even see me to follow up), every doctor I contacted told me to "go back to your doctor" despite the fact that I told them I wanted nothing more to do with that doctor. Dr. Jaffee, alone, had the courage to see me. I was hooked from that moment on. He was able to help me, and when I needed my other hip replaced, he performed the surgery. What can you say of him except that he was what a doctor is supposed to be - commited to healing. He listened; he really listened. And he was brilliant and compassionate and I am so very saddened that we lost him too soon. My deepest condolences to his wife and his family, who I hope can take some comfort in knowing how many many people loved and trusted and respected him.
Judy Rosenblatt
December 12, 2014
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Jaffe at Beth Israel, and was so sorry to hear of his passing. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.
September 13, 2014
I just learned of his passing. I was his patient for awhile and he was always so understanding and caring of my situation. He was a great man and my condolences to his wife and family.
Jose Torres
August 9, 2014
I was honored by Dr. Jaffe to observe him in Hospital for Joint Diseases in 2012, he agreed to tutor me for a month. It was such a pleasure to see him in practice. He was an outstanding surgeon and a very nice man!!! I mourn with you. From Russia!!!
Ilya Nikolaev
July 26, 2014
When I first met Dr. Jaffe he spent 2 hours speaking with me and examining my knees in anticipation of having them replaced. On Jan. 30, 2014 he replaced one of my knees. He was a great surgeon and a wonderful person. My heartfelt condolences to his wife and family.
Albert De Leon
July 10, 2014
My name is Ruth Goldenbroit. I'm so sorry to hear the bad news. Just called to make an appointment and found out the news. So sad. He was a great doctor. RIP.
July 8, 2014
My name is Susan Hendel Andres. I benefitted from a total hip replacement performed by Dr. Jaffe four years ago. I just today learned of his death. I am saddened since I frelt that he was much more than my Doctor. We discussed politics, and I was always warmly received. He carefully listened to my symptomology and was thorough in assessing my complaints. I will miss him as a Dr. and as a person.
Susan Andres
June 25, 2014
We love you Dr. Jaffe and words alone can not express how much you will be missed. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
Bob & Barbara Baxter
Bob & Barbara Baxter
June 23, 2014
Dr. Jaffe was my surgeon for double hip replacement surgery in 2012. I am devastated to learn of Dr. Jaffe's passing. He was not only an exceptional surgeon but an exceptional human being. I cannot imagine going through the surgery with another physician. Deepest condolences to Dr. Moody and the rest of the Jaffe family.
Carolyn Spies
June 22, 2014
My name is Marie Hanna and I have been a patient of Dr. Jaffe's for more than 20 years. It is certainly heartwarming to read all of the wonderful things that people have said about this "Gentle Giant" of a man. He replaced both of my knees and was about to do a revision on my right knee when he became ill. I will miss him for his very low keyed manner, his gentle touch and kindness. My condolence to his family. He will be missed.
Marie Hanna
June 19, 2014
So sorry for your loss... I had the pleasure of working and learning under the leadership of Dr. Jaffe at NYU HJD. He will truly be missed.
Tim and Felicia Long
Timothy Long
May 22, 2014
My family has had the privilege and benfit of knowing Dr. Jaffe since the mid 80s. He has restored the quality of life to our family through 7 hips and 2 knees over 30 years with the first being a revision for my father in 1984 and the most recent being my second hip and my 85 year old mom's second knee both done on the same day - 12/5/13. What can you say to the man who literally gave us our live's back? "Thank you" seems so miniscule but at least my mom and I had the opportunity to say that to him one last time this past January when we saw him for our 6 week post op visit. My deceased 5' 2" tall machinist father always referred to Dr. Jaffe as the "gentelest giant with the softest skilled hands" that he had ever met. Dr. Jaffe was gentle, a giant in the medical community and he left an incredible legacy with the people he taught and those whose lives were transformed through the skill of that incredible mind and soft hands. May you rest in peace Dr. Jaffe. To his wife Deborah and all the members of his family, we express our deepest condolences on your loss.
Bill Zucker
May 17, 2014
My Deepest Condolences To Mrs.Jaffe And Your Family.
Florence Kehoe
May 14, 2014
I was extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Jaffe. He returned the quality of life back to me by replacing both of my hips (six months apart) in 2006 and 2007. I will always remember him as a gentle and quiet man, and an extremely skilled doctor and surgeon who I owe my life to. My sincerest condolences to his family, staff, colleagues and fellow patients whose lives this man touched. His caring spirit will always be remembered.
Edward Kinkela
May 13, 2014
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Robert & Barbara Baxter
May 13, 2014
What can you say of a man who has saved you? Dr. Jaffe gave me back my life -- twice. At 50, he replaced my right hip January 11, 2005, and my left hip on November 7, 2013. I told him I loved him when he visited me the next day. I last saw him in January for my 3-month follow up visit. I heard of his passing last week at my 6-month visit. I know how lucky I am to have benefitted from his care one last time. I will never forget the man who put me back in the game -- twice. My heartfelt condolences go out to the Jaffe Family, and all his associates at NYU Langone Medical Center.
Michael Takach
May 11, 2014
I feel profoundly sad and profoundly privileged. I never felt more protected and assured than when I was with Dr. Jaffe. His work, life and spirit will live on and through each of us.
My partner and I express our deepest condolences to each and every one of his family and to all of the people who have worked closely with him throughout the years.
Jack Hospedales
May 9, 2014
My deepest, heartfelt sympathy to Dr. Jaffe's family and friends. I was shocked to hear of his illness and passing since i had seen him just last September. i was 26 years old when i had my first hip replacement - I'm 57 now and it is still holding strong. At each appointment over the years, Dr. Jaffe and i would laugh at what great work he did. He truly changed my life. Another hip and most recently, my left knee - he took great care of me. From drawing blood when the techs couldn't, to allowing me to sing to him when anesthesia wore off and i woke during surgery; more than 30 years of knowing i could trust and count on him. He gave me a new life and i will never, ever forget him.
Stephanie Cheek
May 9, 2014
My life has changed tremendously because of this great Dr. F. Jaffe..you were the best. I will miss you....
sharlina legree
May 8, 2014
We are sad to hear of Dr Jaffe's death. He was a fine doctor and a mench. He operated on my wife when she was immobilized by severe hip pain at the age of 40 (1980). He made the time to talk to my children and ease their concerns. In 1990 he replaced my hip. This year he revised my wife's hip. Our health and lives have benefited by knowing him.
Marvin Kefer
May 6, 2014
I so deeply regret the loss of dear Dr. Jaffe. He saw me through 6 difficult knee surgeries so that now I can walk normally. His warmth and expertise will be sorely missed. My wife and I extend our sincere condolences to his family.
Charles Steinberg
May 4, 2014
My deepest sympathy to Dr. Jaffe's family. A brilliant, caring surgeon. I am so glad that I always told Dr. Jaffe how I felt about him. He is missed and will always have a place of honor in my heart.

Stephanie Clark, New York
May 2, 2014
We spoke of grand kids and pumpkins during my exam.
I am in tears over the loss of Dr. Jaffe and my heart felt condolences to his family. After 40 years of numerous knee surgeries he made the pain go away and I could function pain free due to his skills as a surgeon. He will always be in my prayers and heart. I will miss my yearly visits with him and think of him with every painless stride I take !
Robert Kappenberg
April 26, 2014
I worked with Dr. Jaffe for several years as a circulating nurse in the operating room at HJD. I was so saddened to learn of his passing and I will keep him and his family in my prayers. It was an honor to work with him, I have never known a more dedicated surgeon.
Catherine Webb
April 25, 2014
We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Jaffe family.
9South Nursing Staff HJD
April 25, 2014
We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the Jaffe family.
9 South Staff
April 25, 2014
My sincere sympathy to the family for the loss of your dear loved one. May you find peace and comfort in Psalms 65:2. Again my deepest sympathy.
V C
April 25, 2014
Sincere sympathy to Dr Deborah Moody,
David , Harry and Family upon your profound loss,
a loss to all who knew Dr Fred Jaffe and had the good fortune to work with him . He was an outstanding clinician, physician, teacher, to patients and colleagues
Leonard RAIFMAN MD
Leonard RAIFMAN
April 23, 2014
My name is John Orsino I am a patient. Dr Jaffee replaced both my knees and both hips. He gave me my mobility back. He was a great surgeon but as important he was a great person. I will miss him.
john orsino
April 21, 2014
Dr. Fredrick Jaffe will always be remembered as a source of inspiration for his exemplary commitment to excellence in patient care and devotion to the medical profession in the field of Orthopedics.
Jenny Bencardino, M.D.
April 20, 2014
My name is Jeff Kaplan. I graduated from The Hospital For Joint Disease in '83. Fred was one of my Attending/Teachers. He was a man of sterling character and my role model as a man and a Physician. His loss is profoundly felt by all who knew him. I will always be grateful for the influence he had on my life.
Sincerest condolences to his family.
Jeff Kaplan
April 20, 2014
MY name is Arnold Manheimer. I grew up in Rockaway. Freddie and I were scouts and explorer scouts together. He was a couple of years older and was the best leader I knew. I had not seen him since but will always remember his qualities. My condloences
April 20, 2014
Dr. Jaffe operated on me 10 times over the years and was always kind, considerate and caring. It is not often one looks forward to seeing a doctor, but that is the kind of man he was. His gift of healing was extended to many lucky people and he will be sorely missed.
Annette Sandler
April 20, 2014
Dr Michael Moskowitz
April 19, 2014
My name is Sondra Greene, I worked for Dr Jaffe when he started his practice in 1974 & had the best working 10 years with him, he was a great person,
sondra greene
April 18, 2014
My name is angela mann I worked with dr jaffe for 10years at Beth Israel private practice I am deeply saddened by dr jaffe's passing he was a wonderful man and a very caring kind man and I will never forget him my deepest sympathy goes out to all his family and I will truly miss him he is a great lost to the medical family Rest in Peace
Angela Mann
April 18, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Deborah and david and Harry.
Fred was an old and dear friend. He will be sorely missed.
Gruna and Ray Welles
April 18, 2014
Very sorry for your loss. May the "God of all comfort" bring you peace. 2 Cor 1:3; JF
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