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BUTERMAN--Irving MD. Irving Buterman, MD, passed away on March 30, 2020, at the age of 78, due to complications resulting from COVID-19. Known to his loved ones as Poppy, Irving was a selfless human being, devoted husband and father, compassionate physician, and valued mentor to his colleagues. Dr. Buterman was born in Biskupice, Poland, in 1941, as his parents were fleeing from the Nazis. Born two months premature, he was not expected to live. His humble beginnings no doubt played a pivotal role in him becoming an OB/GYN, who for over 50 years, spent every day bringing life into this world. After immigrating with his family to America, Dr. Buterman attended Thomas Jefferson High School and then City College of New York. He received his medical degree from the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Medicine. It was there that he met and married the love of his life, Marianne. Dr. Buterman did his residency in OB/GYN at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York where he remained on the staff until his passing. He also completed a fellowship in gynecological oncology, and obtained a Master's degree in public health from Columbia University in New York. Over the course of his career, he delivered well over 10,000 babies. He is mourned by his patients who have shared stories of how he was not only a skilled practitioner, but also a loving father figure who consoled and guided them in their happiest moments and darkest hours. Building a legacy of children and grandchildren was his most cherished achievement. Dr. Buterman is survived by his wife of 50 years Marianne, his children Esther, Lawrence and Ilana, their spouses Kenny, Ashley and Erik, respectively, and his grandchildren Brianna, Spencer, Julius, Piper, Meijer and Adaline, and his sister Ellen Berger.


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Published in New York Times on Apr. 26, 2020.
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December 7, 2020
Dr. Buterman delivered our first son in the summer of 1992. Knowledgable, resolute, and calm he doctored us through our pregnancy. He told me as I arrived in early labor in the wee hours to "have a glass of red wine and come back in the morning", which I did :) He arranged to see me at Lenox Hill after our son was born as I worried about my post-delivery recovery, driving me back to our Upper West Side apartment. He reminded me of my father, a pediatrician, who also had the ability to make meaningful connections with his patients. May his memory be a blessing.
Laurie S.
December 7, 2020
He was my o gynecologist for many years. Yes he was selfless. May he rest in eternal peace
Nathalie
Acquaintance
November 12, 2020
For some reason I decided to see if Dr. Buterman was still practicing. I was saddened to learn of his passing. He delivered my healthy daughter in 8/2004. He was not only calming and certain with his practice, he was highly knowledgeable and avoided unnecessary procedures. There was a medical student at my delivery and I can still remember how he calmly explained why he needed to use forceps...something the inexperienced don’t use. He delivered my daughter with zero complications. I am sure he has passed down all his expertise to the next generation.
Kelly Nebrich
Acquaintance
November 10, 2020
Dr. Buterman was a wonderful, compassionate doctor. He is responsible for me becoming the mother of two amazing sons, now ages 34 and 30. We will always remember him with love and gratitude. Our family sends love and condolences to the family of Dr. Buterman.
Nina Girard
October 4, 2020
Dr Buterman was a wonderful person and fabulous doctor, he cared for me and delivered my daughter in 2009 and throughout the whole process treated me as a daughter! So sad he’s no longer with us...
Yifhat Arnstein
Friend
August 31, 2020
Dr. Buterman came to my mind today as I was speaking so highly of him and how he delivered my beautiful son on 11/09/2007. I am sadden of his passing. My condolence to his family. May he Rest In Peace.
Madaline
Acquaintance
August 31, 2020
Dr. Buterman came to my mind today as I was speaking so highly of him and how he delivered my beautiful son on 11/09/2007. I am sadden of his passing. My condolence to his family. May he Rest In Peace.
Madaline
Acquaintance
August 31, 2020
Dr. Buterman came to my mind today as I was speaking so highly of him and how he delivered my beautiful son on 11/09/2007. I am sadden of his passing. My condolence to his family. May he Rest In Peace.
Madaline Montero
August 7, 2020
To the Buterman family my condolences. He was the best GYN doctor I ever had. R.I.P. Dr. B
Doris
Acquaintance
July 14, 2020
I am deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Butermans passing. I worked for him when he was just starting out. He was an excellent doctor and a wonderful, kind person. He was hard-working and truly cared about his patients. His family was a great source of love & pride. Hope they will all find comfort in knowing how much he was loved and admired. God Bless.
Linda Fleury
Coworker
July 5, 2020
Im so sorry for the loss of Dr. Buterman. I met him three times in one month. First time was the meet & greet in the clinic. He joked a lot. Right away, my husband and I liked him. Second time was the delivery and birth of my son. Third time was the circumcision for the baby. Our condolences to his family.
Jessica & Simo
Acquaintance
June 29, 2020
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John Carbone
June 22, 2020
We have lost a great and empathetic professional.
Julian Klapowitz, MD
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June 19, 2020
Forty one years ago this month I gave birth to my daughter, Suzanne. Dr. Buterman was by my side for 18 hours during my labor. His kindness and generous spirit was never, and will never be, forgotten. Condolences to his family.
Julianne
Acquaintance
June 19, 2020
I'm saddened by the news of his passing. He was an amazing doctor, my husband and I were so lucky to have him deliver 2 of our babies. He had a big heart, was so compassionate, practical and really was amazing at what he did. We are eternally grateful to him and he will always be in our hearts.
Mayan Gilly
May 27, 2020
Dr.Buterman delivered our son three years ago. I can't forget he came into the delivery room in a tan suit. When things started to happen he took great care of my wife. I was happy we were in such capable hands. Needless to say, his tan suit ended up getting stained. I was sorry to hear of his passing.
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May 17, 2020
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Maria Litvan
May 17, 2020
Dr. Buterman was a calm, genuine and compassionate doctor. He delivered my first daughter in May of 2000. I knew I was in good hands under his care during my pregnancy. He always gave you the time you needed and answered all your questions. He was one of kind!
Eileen
May 14, 2020
r. Buterman was one of the last great doctors of my generation. He was also a wonderful person who was very supportive and accepting. He cared more about human beings than money. That he should pass away from this horrible curse of a disease breaks my heart. How many more great people will be stricken? The good that he's done all of his life will live on and he will always be remembered. May God bless his soul. I was a patient of his.
Nancy Savage
May 13, 2020
Many things remain untold. Too late to tell anyone what a wonderful peron you were. A friend, a mentor, a solid source of support when in need. I feel blessed to have known you, and cursed for not making more time to spend with you. You will remain with me for ever.
Miklos Toth
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May 13, 2020
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Tatyana Cherkasskaya
May 12, 2020
my respect @ Love to the family , he deliver my little girl Sofia to the world in 2014. God bless his soul. Paul Forbes magazine.
Paul Trustfull
Friend
May 7, 2020
31 years after Dr Buterman delivered our son Henry, he popped into my head tonight. I am so sad to read of the loss of this kind and caring doctor. My deepest sympathies Katrina Coxe
Katrina Coxe
Acquaintance
May 1, 2020
My condolences to his family.
Roseanne Halpin
May 1, 2020
So sorry to hear of his passing. Rest In Peace Dr. Buterman. I was so fortunate to have had a such a wonderful physician. You will be missed & never forgotten. -Roseanne Halpin
Roseanne Halpin
April 30, 2020
Dr. Buterman embodied all of the characteristics that one can conjure. He was compassionate, generous with his time, always had a smile for me at the Lenox Hill elevator bank, always a kind word when he saw you. He delivered our children who are now 38 and 39. Our son was a difficult delivery but Dr. Expertise was top notch. I have so many fond memories of this dear man. My condolences to his family. Your pictures were always evident in his office.
Maggie Zeidman, friend, patient and former Director of Nursing at LHH.
April 27, 2020
I can't say that I really knew Irving Buterman, but I met him many times while I was in high school and college because I was close friends with his sister Ellen. I met him while he was still in medical school and knew that he was a warm and friendly person. I have not been in touch with Ellen for many, many years so I hope she reads this and knows that I am thinking of her and her family.
Ken Kaye, San Carlos, CA
Ken Kaye
Acquaintance
April 27, 2020
rest in eternal peace dearest dr. buterman...I am a lucky gal to have had such a caring physician in my life. you shall be sadly missed.
r.shenkel
April 26, 2020
I knew Irv as a fellow counselor at the Hebrew Educational Society Camp. My condolences to his family for your loss. What a fine life he led! For someone who delivered so many lives to now lose his own is most sad.
John Sprung
April 26, 2020
I am so saddened by this. My father, also 78, just passed away from the virus. Dr. Buterman was the kindest man. When I had breast cancer, he would call me on his own time to tell me I would be ok. He gave me such encouragement and comfort. His warmth and generosity of spirit is hard to find. He will be missed. My deepest condolences to his family. You must be wonderful people. My best, Suzanne Siano
Suzanne Siano
April 26, 2020
Camp HES 1960: always a kind word; a genuinely good person, a true mensch.
Joseph Epstein
April 26, 2020
Dr.Buterman brought both our children into this world. Our son's 28th
Birthday is tomorrow. We think of him often and he will be missed.
So sorry for the loss to your family.
Elizabeth Isles
April 26, 2020
Dr Buterman delivered our daughter at 7:30 am on Christmas morning 1987. He raced down from Scarsdale to Lenox Hill to make it in time. He was a wonderful man and a great doctor

Margaret and Paul Atkinson
Bonita Springs Florida
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