HAROLD BORNSTEIN
1947 - 2021
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BORNSTEIN--Harold, Nelson, M.D. 73, passed away on Friday morning, January 8th. He was born in 1947 in New York City to Maida and Jacob Bornstein, M.D. He graduated from Tufts University (1968) and Tufts Medical School (1975) in Boston - always a loyal Tufts Jumbo. He completed his internship and residency at Lenox Hill Hospital in Internal Medicine. Dr. Bornstein returned to New York City after his fellowship at a Yale affiliate hospital in Connecticut, and went into practice with his father, Jacob. He also served on the staff of Lenox Hill Hospital for more than forty years. Dr. Bornstein devoted his life to the practice of medicine, which he regarded as a sacred privilege. His devotion to his patients was unparalleled and he continued a traditional style of personal medicine, making house calls and holding the hands of those in need until the end. As a lifelong learner, he often spent nights under a lamp reading and annotating Italian language literature. Dr. Bornstein was a force of nature who brought joy to his family, friends and everyone he encountered in life, and continues to do so in memory. He loved his wife, Melissa. He inspired all of his children to be empathetic and passionate in their lives, and most importantly to cherish each other. A devoted husband and loving father, Dr. Bornstein is survived by his wife, Melissa (Brown), his daughter, Alix, and sons, Robyn Bornstein M.D., Joseph Bornstein M.D., Jeremee, and Jackson. His children will miss regular trips to the Giants game with one of their biggest fans. Due to the ongoing pandemic, there will be a private service for family and friends. With sadness, the office at 101 East 78th Street will be without a "Dr. Bornstein", ready and waiting to care for his fellow New Yorkers, for the first time in almost 70 years. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Harold N. Bornstein Memorial Medical Education Fund. http:// gofundme.com/harold-n- bornstein-memorial- medical-education-fund


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Published in New York Times on Jan. 14, 2021.
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January 22, 2021
My sincere condolences to his children. He spoke about all of them often and I know they were his greatest joy.
The Levi’s
January 16, 2021
Harold was my doctor from 1982 -1992 at which time, his mom ran the front desk. He was referred to me by my great uncle who had also gone to him and who was always grateful to him for the attentive loving care and home visits that he made to his chronically ill sister, my great aunt. My uncle was originally referred to Harold by a hair client of mine who had gone to Jacob Bornstein, Harold's father, and who also raved about the care that he gave. One morning I had awakened at 5 or 6 am with excruciating pain, and called Harold who told me to meet him in the emergency room before 9am before it got to crowded. I did just that, and he was there to meet me, diagnosed me correctly with a kidney stone, and although a urological issue, Harold insisted on being in charge of my care during the 10 days that I was in the hospital with a blocked kidney. He was always very pragmatic about medical issues and would never beat around the bush. After I stopped seeing him since my primary medical issues had switched from gastroenterology, Harold began to see me do tame his mane of hair and beard for many years. Harold was an extremely bright and caring soul sometimes seemingly living in a world of his own as he pondered life's complexities. I am very saddened to hear of his untimely passing. I hope someone was there for him as he had been for so many others. My deepest condolences.
Jeff Miller
Friend
January 16, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. My heartfelt condolences. I am so very sorry for your loss
Bonnie Jacobs
January 15, 2021
Prayers and fond memories are what you have to remember your dearly departed. May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences.
Simone Taylor
January 15, 2021
Harold was a lifelong friend. He was a resident with Steve Klein MD. He was a caring father, husband, and a superb physician who cared for his patients.
He was the ultimate diagnostician. Someone Dr. William Osler would have been proud of. But above and beyond that he was the ultimate father and husband. He adored his children and his wife Melissa. The success of his children was his proudest achievement
I am so lucky to be the wife of Dr. Steven Klein who with him have spent a lifetime a friendship with Harold
To this day, I remember Harold standing in the middle of Lexington Avenue and traffic to say goodbye to us as we left New York City for North Carolina.
We will miss you Harold and love you always.
Patty
Patricia klein
Friend
January 15, 2021
So sorry to hear about Harold. Sending our heartfelt condolences to your entire family. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you, and we hope that you find comfort in all of your loving memories.
XO
Meredith and Bryan Verona
Friend
January 15, 2021
Steve Klein was a resident with Harold at Lenox Hill. He said there was never a better Physician or friend or Father or a husband. For anyone that truly knew Harold he was a gift who took care of his friends family and patients and loved them fiercely.
He adored his children. He made certain that they received their education and guidance and love. Melissa was the love of his life. He would often say I don’t know where I would be without her.Steve and I will miss you Harold and treasure memories that we shared.
We hope that you will bring every bit of your eccentric fabulous self to heaven where you can continue your role of loving snd caring for everyone you meet
Dr. and Mrs. Steven R Klein
Friend
January 14, 2021
Harold has been my doctor for 30 years. Not only did he save my life, he and Melissa gave me their friendship which I will always cherish. He was an amazing Doctor, friend and human being. There won’t be another like him. I send my love to His beloved family.
Kelly Heller
Friend
January 14, 2021
I am so very sad to hear that my cherished old friend Harold has passed away. He always spoke the truth, such a rare quality nowadays. And his kindness and warmth were so genuine. To be his friend was to be loved. So sorry Melissa.. you and the kids must be devastated. Please advise if there will be a Zoom shiva or memorial.
Warmly,
Jaye Roter
Jaye Roter
Friend
January 14, 2021
To My Brilliant and Compassionate Dr. Bornstein,

Heard of your passing today, what a loss to mankind.
You treated me with the utmost level of care . You were protective and reassuring.You had the most amazing capacity to know your patients.

To your wonderful wife, Melissa and children please accept my condolences and thank you, you were the most unusual family.

Park Avenue will never be the same without you.
God Bless you Dr. Bornstein.
Janet Maya
Friend
January 14, 2021
Harold was a kind, attentive, eminently qualified, interesting and funny doctor. Simply, the best. I will remember him with great and lasting fondness.
Joel Gorinsky
Acquaintance
January 14, 2021
Melissa - It's been many years. I was saddened today to just hear of Harold's passing. He was a fun and dynamic individual and I'm glad that our paths crossed in this life. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Keep him close in your heart and memories and he lives on in all that knew and cared about him.
Darryl Rankin
Friend
January 14, 2021
I didn't know you but thank you for taking care of President Trump and all your other patients
Linda
January 14, 2021
My family and I have had the gift of Dr Harold Bornstein as our doctor for decades. A brilliant diagnostician, Dottore made house calls in his cowboy boots and pony tail. He saved my wife's life on at least one occasion, and offered more than medical treatment to our entire family. Love to Melissa and the family from all of us.
BRENT ERENSEL
Friend
January 14, 2021
I am saddened to hear of Harold's passing; Although it's been 25 years, I remember him as one of my favorite physicians--expert, compassionate and with a sense of humor.
Victoria Newman Halsband
January 14, 2021
God Bless you for your many years of dedication and caring for people. You are a gift from God and helped many others for your life. Thank you and please hug Jesus for me. Sincerely, Bettie Anne Long. Retired nurse.
Bettie Anne Long
Friend
January 14, 2021
Dr.B you saved my life almost 30 years ago. You were always straight forward, funny, truly caring and had the best stories. You will be missed.
Jacqueline piropato
January 14, 2021
We have known Dr. Bornstein for many decades and the trust we had for him was beyond compare. My late husband Ralph Mazzatto and I would trust him with our lives. He was brilliant, c ompassionate, and a dr. we respected and loved. I will miss his loving care. Barbara Mazzatto
Barbara Mazzatto
Friend
January 14, 2021
Harold was our family doctor for 40 years. I have never encountered another doctor who was kinder, smarter, wittier, or as wonderful as him. He solved all our medical problems and we had so many laughs together. I just adored him. Sending heartfelt condolences to Melissa and the family for the loss of their husband and father. RIP dear Harold and thanks for always being there for us. You had life well lived.
Emily Armstrong
Friend
January 14, 2021
Harold was my primary care doctor when I loved in NYC. He set the standard for all of my medical providers who have followed him. It is a standard that will likely never be met. Harold was always able to spend as much time with me as I needed to understand my health. He was also the only doctor who ever give me a hug. He was a good, good man. RIP.
Chris Beach
Friend
January 14, 2021
Heartbroken. RIP Dr. Harold Bornstein. My private family doctor for almost 30 years has passed away too young. He was quirky for sure but such a wonderful diagnostician and very loving man. I know I will never have that level of personal care again. Condolences and love to Melissa and the whole family from Debbie and Frank Surdi. We are so sad.
Deborah Surdi
Friend
January 14, 2021
Harold was one of the smartest people I’ve ever known. I was privileged to share his office when I first started my medical practice. Not only was his medical knowledge vast, his business acumen was equally impressive—and instrumental in helping me build a very successful practice. More than anything that impressed me about him, though, was how much he loved Melissa and his children—and how proud he was of them.
Donna Kesselman MD
Friend
January 14, 2021
Sending prayers and heartfelt condolences to the family. I know them well I was Dr. Jack's Medical Technician for 4 years and got to know and love the family well. They were passionate and dedicated physicians. Sending my sincere condolences to Harold's family with love


Linda Orlick
Friend
January 14, 2021
Condolences to the family - and, in particular, to Robyn and Joe. We lived next door to you (and to Harold) as kids and I still have warm memories of playing with you both throughout our early childhood. We lost touch over the years - as people are wont to do - but I'm sure you know my father Jeff always considered Harold to be a dear friend. He passed away a few years back so I'm sending this note on his behalf. Hope you're all doing as well as can be expected. Very sorry for your loss.
Debbie Newman
Neighbor
January 14, 2021
Deborah Surdi
Friend
January 14, 2021
Somehow, one childhood memory that still pops up in my mind is Harold's special musical piece "Hark the Harold Angels Sing". He took our family to his office one summer visit after it officially became his. It was delightful to see his joy and pride in his "second home". My condolences and love to you and the family, Melissa. May you be at peace.
Sue Stein
Family
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