1926 - 2019
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AUFSES--Arthur H., Jr., MD. With great sadness we announce the passing of Arthur H. Aufses, Jr., MD. Dr. Aufses was one of the Mount Sinai Health System's most respected physicians and mentors, a leader who served as Chair of the Department of Surgery for 22 years before retiring in 1996. He ushered in Mount Sinai's adoption of laparoscopic surgery and oversaw the expansion of ambulatory surgery and the hospital's transplant program. In 1988, Dr. Aufses organized the surgical team that performed the first liver transplant in New York State. Dr. Aufses served as a role model for generations of residents and fellows and helped to break down barriers for women and minority surgeons. He delighted in his trainees' achievements and received many Excellence in Teaching awards and other institutional honors during his tenure. On 17 occasions, medical students selected Dr. Aufses to administer the Oath of Maimonides or the Oath of Hippocrates at commencement, and on three occasions he was chosen to serve as Commencement Grand Marshal. In addition to his published research papers and book chapters--often on the topics of surgical education and inflammatory bowel disease--he held leadership roles in many professional organizations. As a chronicler of Mount Sinai's long and storied history, he co-authored two books on the subject, starting with The Mount Sinai Hospital's founding in 1852. We will miss Dr. Aufses' kindness, sense of humor, and selfless service to Mount Sinai. Dr. Aufses was calm and steady in the operating room and in life. We extend our deepest sympathies to Dr. Aufses' family and loved ones. Kenneth L. Davis, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mount Sinai Health System Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System Michael Marin, MD, The Julius H. Jacobson II, MD, Professor of Vascular Surgery, and Chair, Department of Surgery, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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Professor Aufses, Arthur, lives on in the memories and lives of all of his many professional children. We keep Harriet and his own children and grandchildren in our kindest thoughts.
Paul (and Sydney) Cunningham
April 11, 2021
Mrs. Aufses, I graduated from HCHS in 1971 so I do not expect you to remember me but I worked in the library at both th 68th St. campus and also when we moved to the 13th an 14th floor of the 466 Lexington apt building. I truly enjoyed working with you since you were such a pleasure. At graduation I even received a gift for my work with the library - a gift certificate to Brentanos. I feel bad that you have lost a light from your heart. Mrs. Aufses, I wish you peace, comfort and health and to have all your close relative to be around you to bring you joy.
Karen Rothberg - Weinberg
April 29, 2019
We have lost an extraordinary physician, mentor to so many of us and an even better human being. -The team of Harriet and Arthur was one that made out training so memorable and showed us a vision of what family is. We will always be grateful to him for the training and wise counsel! Zindy and Michael Drew
michael drew
April 23, 2019
To his friends and family, my most deepest condolence, and may our God of love bring comfort and peace to you. Mathews 5:4
April 23, 2019
He was a mensch, beloved by all who knew him, or had the privilege of working with him. Harriet, I am sure you will miss him. For better or worse, but not for lunch, was what he said when I asked why he kept coming to the hospital after leaving surgery.
Jackie McKeon
April 21, 2019
Deepest sympathy to you all, Arthur, Robin, Katie, Michael for the loss of a man I know you all loved dearly.
Thinking of you.
With love,
Susan Katz
April 20, 2019
What a loss.
What a mensch!
I loved him.
Marty Weiner
April 20, 2019
I was a patient of Dr. Aufses, who performed surgery on me for debilitating Crohn's disease on Nov. 2, 1984, when I was 31. The surgery essentially cured me, and freed me to go on and have a wonderful family, career and life. So multiply that by the many thousands of patients Dr. Aufses had, the legions of physicians he trained and mentored, and the leadership he provided, and you may have some small sense of what he accomplished for the world. He was a great man. My heartfelt condolences to his family, colleagues and friends.
Theodore Dupont
April 20, 2019
Extending My Deepest Sympathy And Heartfelt Condolences. May God give you Courage, Strength, Comfort, and Peace. Psalm 31:3,24. May precious memories be treasured & bring you a measure of comfort
April 20, 2019
Dear Aufses family I am so sorry to hear of Arthur's passing As a MSH graduate and Asst Director of Surgical Nursing I worked with him for many years. He was loved and respected by his
patients, nurses, interns and residents.
He was a BODHISATTVA Barbara Pisick PMHCNS- BC
Barbara Pisick
April 19, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Aufses. He was my first mentor during my first rotation in surgery at the beginning of my 3rd year of medical school. He was tough on his residents and students, but the result was us becoming better doctors. He was a great surgeon and teacher. When we talk about "the days of the giants", Dr Aufses certainly figures prominently. My deepest condolences to the family on the loss of this great man.
Mark Silversmith
April 19, 2019
Dear Mrs. Aufses and family,
Although I never met Dr. Aufses, Mrs. Aufses was the kind librarian at Hunter College High School who let me work off my library fines after school. I loved being in the library with you, Mrs. Aufses, and am ordering the history of Mt. Sinai Hospital books Dr. Aufses wrote from our medical school library at UCSD.
My condolences to your family and colleagues.

Susan Boiko MD
Hunter College HS 1970
Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatric Dermatology, UCSD
Susan Boiko
April 18, 2019
The family of Arthur Aufses are in my heart at his loss.His memory will live on the lips of all who knew him forever.My thoughts and prayers especially go out to his beloved wife Harriet whose strength and courage at all times uplift all who know and love her.
Anna Morello
April 18, 2019
A well respected, wonderful man that will be missed by his family and friends, but never forgotten.
Joseph Yannuzzi
April 18, 2019
Long life to his family
Hymie Kavin
April 18, 2019
Dear Harriet and the Aufses Family,
I just want to express my gratitude to Dr. Aufses for being a lifelong mentor to me starting from when I was a Hunter High School student and Harriet was our librarian. Not knowing any physicians and knowing Harriet was married to one, I was trying to decide whether to go to a 6 yr guaranteed combined medical program at BU or to 4 years at Yale and test my luck getting into medical school. Harriet put me in touch with Dr. Aufses. He advised me to get a solid liberal arts degree and then apply to medical school and I was fortunate to get into Mt. Sinai where he continued to mentor me. In later years, I would run into Harriet and Dr. Aufses together at the ACG meetings and would always receive a warm hello and finally, many years later I was featured in an ACG article and to my great surprise received a lovely email letter of congratulations from Dr. Aufses at how nice it was to hear about how I was doing. On another note, Dr. Aufses operated on my dad years ago and his dad had operated on my grandfather years earlier. I guess you can say, Dr. Aufses had a profound influence on the course of my life and I am sorry to hear of his loss. My thoughts are with you in this difficult time. Fondly, Beth Schorr-Lesnick, MD
Beth Schorr-Lesnick, MD
April 17, 2019
Our deepest condolences to Arthur, Robyn, Katie, Michael & family.

The O'Callaghan Family
April 17, 2019
Dear Harriet, and the Aufses family,
Sydney and I grieve the loss of the person who in many ways was the professional father of so many.
His spirit, humanity, morality, style and all his many other positive influences will live on in the hearts and minds of the generations of professional children that he so caringly created.
We would like to think that this very special week in our spiritual calendar signals more for us in contemplation than this profound loss.
We send our love,
Paul & Sydney
Paul Cunningham
April 17, 2019
It has been my profound privilege to know and work with Dr. Arthur H. Aufses, Jr. His commitment to Mount Sinai and the field of medicine has been unrivaled. He will be deeply missed by many.
Daniel Hughes
April 17, 2019
This is the first we have heard.I am sending my deep sadness and condolences to
All my cousins .He was a giant in our family.
A tower of strength to turn to who never looked away.With our love,Dean and Anne
Dean Stein
April 17, 2019
I am glad to have had the opportunity to work with such a wonderful soul.. May he rest on.. Bless KC
April 17, 2019
Dear Family & Friends,
I'm very sorry to hear of your precious loss. May your memories always bring smiles to your faces and comfort to your hearts. And may the God Of All Comfort help you through this difficult time. Isaiah 61:1,2. May his memory be a blessing forever & always
April 17, 2019
My deepest condolences to the family. The world has lost a towering presence.
Penny Alfonso
April 17, 2019
April 17, 2019
To Arthur's family and friends, my deepest condolence, mayor god of love and mercy bring comfort and peace to you, Mathews 5:4
April 17, 2019
All our love
Jill & J. Jay Mautner
April 17, 2019
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