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ROSENTHAL--Dr. Alan, died peacefully on Friday, December 13, 2013, surrounded by loving family and friends. Dr. Rosenthal's passionate dedication to healing led to a remarkable career in neurosurgery, with a subspecialty in pediatric neurosurgery. After graduating from Yale University (1958) and the University of Virginia Medical School (1962), he pursued his fascination with the neurosciences to a residency at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and the Children's Medical Center of Boston, where he served as Chief Resident and Teaching Fellow in Neurosurgery at Harvard Medical School in 1968. His remarkable ability to perform intricate surgical procedures and his intense interest in pediatrics took him to Long Island, where, as a founding member of Long Island Neurosurgical Associates, he developed the first pediatric neurosurgical practice in the region. He then left LINA to become Co-Director of Winthrop-University Hospital's Institute for Neurosciences and Chief of their Division of Neurosurgery, where he was a principal player in the development of Winthrop's Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit--the first of its kind on Long Island. Dr. Rosenthal was also instrumental in bringing the first CyberKnife, used to perform non-invasive robotic radio-surgery, to the NY metropolitan area. Additionally, Dr. Rosenthal was an Attending Neurosurgeon at several other Long Island hospitals, including Long Island Jewish Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, Nassau County Medical Center and South Nassau Community Hospital. He was a contributing author to three major textbooks on pediatric neurosurgery, and his bibliography includes over 25 articles in peer reviewed journals. He has been an invited speaker at many international symposia. His greatest gift, however, found expression in the personal side of medicine. He remained in contact with many of his first patients, and followed their lives as they grew into adulthood. He continued to receive birthday and holiday greetings from several of them until he died. Dr. Rosenthal loved to play golf and tennis and to listen to baroque and classical music. He drove high performance sports cars and read volumes of history and international intrigue with equal relish. He delighted in a high-spirited conversation about history or politics. But his close family and friends remember him most often saying "What can I do to help?" Alan Rosenthal's memory survives as a blessing in the thousands of lives he touched and saved, but most especially in the hearts of his beloved and devoted wife Enid Feldman Rosenthal; daughters Amy Ilyse Rosenthal and Nina Michelle Rosenthal Fusillo; son-in-law Michael Fusillo; grandsons Nathaniel James and Benjamin Paul Fusillo; brothers-in-law Barry and Joel Feldman; and sisters-in-law Diane and Tina Feldman. Services will be held at Beth Israel Memorial Chapel in Boynton Beach, FL on Tuesday, December 17 at 1:45pm.

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Published in New York Times on Dec. 16, 2013.
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January 8, 2014
I just learned of Alan's passing. I am honored that or a brief time, I was a small part of Alan's life. His generosity and wisdom were unmatched. I think of him often and will miss him. Alan helped to make me who I am today. God bless you, Nina, Amy and all the family.
Tony Adams
January 2, 2014
Alan was a truly special human being. His intellect, humor, and athleticism all in one. I remember many conversations at the Christmas parties, he was always so interesting.
Thinking of you with sorrow in our hearts.
Scott and Mary Anne
Scott Brandt
December 25, 2013
I was saddened to learn of Alan's passing. He was a wonderful colleague at Winthrop-University Hospital, always cheerful, always positive and always a friend.
Donald Price
December 22, 2013
Dear Enid, I just learned tonight of Alan's passing. I remember Alan as being full of passion for medicine and learning- he truly loved his life's work. I am so sorry for your loss and extend my condolences to you and your family.. Wendie Grossman
Wendie Grossman
December 22, 2013
Enid, you made a wise choice when you chose to room with Alan instead of me! It was a great joy for me to see how happy you were and how you adored each other. This is a devastating loss I know. May the memories serve to keep him in your heart forever. Thinking of you with much love, Leni and Barry
December 21, 2013
Our deepest condolences on Alan's passing. We remember many fun times at NSCC.
All our love,
Nanci and Larryi
Nanci & Larry Steiner
December 19, 2013
Dear Enid and family-
I was saddened to hear of Alan's passing. I worked 17 years with him and did thousands of surgeries along side him. He was one of the nicest men I have come across in my professional career. He will be missed. My sympathies to all.
Michael Osipoff PA
December 19, 2013
To the Rosenthal family,
Forty years ago, in September of 1973, Dr. Rosenthal operated on my 6-year-old daughter Karen, removing a brain tumor and installing a cranial shunt. Dr. Rosenthal remained in my daughter's life for the next 30 years both professionally, by performing many procedures, and personally. He knew that Karen graduated from high school, college and graduate school.

Karen just turned 46 and without Dr. Rosenthal's skilled hands and guidance, I am certain that circumstances would hae been very different and only sad memories of Karen would be evoked rather than the active life she has.

It is very sad whan a loved one passes away. But you should take solace in the fact that your husband, father and grandfather was a skilled surgeon, compassionate person and a patient individual who made many people's lives productive and very happy. He will be remembered and missed by many.
Thank you Dr. Rosenthal
Richard Lambeck
December 18, 2013
Enid, Nina, Amy & Family,

I cannot say enough good things about your husband/father.

My heart goes out to you. I know this loss is extraordinary.

I am also greatly saddened by this loss. Alan David Rosenthal, MD will always be my hero.

With Sincere Sympathy,
Karen Lambeck
Karen Lambeck
December 17, 2013
So many memories of you and I in High
School and college. No memory more vivid
than when you met Alan and fell in love.
A love that lasted his life time and beyond.
all my love,
Judy Barry Williamson
December 17, 2013
Dear Enid,
It's been such a long time but the shock of Alan's death brings back every good memory.
Dale & Doug Anderson
December 16, 2013
Alan's brilliance and kind soul will be fondly remembered by all.
Jeffrey Merritt
December 16, 2013
Amy, Thank you for sharing some of who your father was in the obituary. I wish you peace of heart, and memories of all that he helped shape in you. Peace to you and your family.
Nicole Celichowski
December 16, 2013
Dear Enid and Family:
I have many happy memories of working with Alan and many of his old patients still come in and ask for him. His passing saddens me and my thoughts are with you.
Sherry Grimm
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