DESMOND JORDAN
JORDAN--Desmond. Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and NewYork-Presbyterian mourn the sudden loss on November 2, 2020 of Desmond Jordan, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) and a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist and intensivist at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Jordan trained in anesthesiology, critical care medicine, and research at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and joined the CUIMC Department of Anesthesiology in 1987. An unparalleled talent in cardiothoracic anesthesiology and critical care medicine, Dr. Jordan was the first director of the cardiothoracic intensive care unit at NewYork- Presbyterian/CUIMC. He developed protocols for the care of heart and lung transplant patients that have endured for decades. He cared for the most complex patients, from children in Ghana to politicians, celebrities, and the families of his medical colleagues, with equal respect and kindness. He was brilliant, "a doctor's doctor," a deep thinker. Dr. Jordan also was a pioneer in bioinformatics and healthcare technology in critical care medicine and a beloved educator to hundreds of physicians in training. His trainees and surgical and nursing colleagues welcomed his gentle humor in the ORs and at the bedside, where he was quick with a concise metaphor or an eloquent side eye. He was a master clinician, innovator, educator, and dear friend. We extend our sincerest sympathies to his family, especially his daughters, Kristin Richardson Jordan and Lauren Richardson Jordan, who were the great loves of his life. We have not yet comprehended the magnitude of our loss. We will miss him. Anil Rustgi, MD, Interim Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, Columbia University Irving Medical Center Steven J. Corwin, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian Ansgar M. Brambrink, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Columbia University Irving Medical Center; Anesthesiologist-in-Chief NewYork-Presbyterian/ Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Published by New York Times on Nov. 10, 2020.
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Anand Kumar
August 5, 2021
Dr. Jordon was the anesthesiologist for my father’s immensely complicated quadruple bypass. I only knew that because Dr. Jordon kept checking up on my dad in the CCICU where He was not doing so well. I watched him school the medical fellows on my dad’s case and was in awe. One late evening we happened to walk out of Columbia at the same time -as we headed to the parking garage, he and I had a very frank, enlightening conversation ( which will forever remain b/w us) . He gave me advice which allowed me to steer the course of my dads stay and ultimate release, I am forever grateful. I left him a pair of Air Jordon sneakers which I’m sure he never wore - To me, Dr. Jordon was the greatest Jordon of all time.


C. OConnor
Acquaintance
June 5, 2021
Laurel Winston-Smith (Bowens)
Family
November 14, 2020
Desmond was a superb human being and a dear friend of Imre and me. Now both of them are gone. Rest in peace Desmond and say hi to Imre if you see him up there. Love. Angela
Angela Haczku
Friend
November 14, 2020
A brilliant mind, kind heart and a dedicated soul. Desmond, you made the world a better place.
Lou Hernandez
Friend
November 13, 2020
Desmond was always kind, always willing to chat, and never too busy for anyone. I met him when I was young in my professional career at DBMI, and our countless conversations helped frame how I approached my projects. Even after I left the Columbia/NYPH family, Desmond took my calls. He was more than a "doctor's doctor," he was "doctor to many." You will be missed, Dr. Jordan. Rest in Peace my friend.
Charlyn Hilliman
Friend
November 13, 2020
A beloved father to beloved daughters. My great love goes out to you, with a heartfelt NAMASTE to my dear friend, Kristin. May your father's memory always be a blessing. I am so sorry for your sudden loss.
Marsha Gildin
Friend
November 12, 2020
I am saddened to hear of Dr. Jordan's passing. He treated my father at the CTICU at Columbia Presbyterian in 2009 with great kindness and compassion in his final days, for which I will be eternally grateful. May he rest in eternal peace.

Ana M. Loy
Ana M Loy
November 12, 2020
I am so sad that Dr. Jordan has left this earth and so grateful to have known and worked with such an amazing, caring, humorous soul. He touched countless lives and will be greatly missed.
Sue Muscatella
November 12, 2020
A classmate and childhood friend. Always diligent with his studies. A good person who I am so proud to have known. This was a beautiful obituary. My sincere condolences to the family and friends.
Laurie Vaughn
Classmate
November 11, 2020
I AM VERY, VERY SORRY TO HEAR THIS NEWS. DESMOND AND I WENT TO HIGH SCHOOL TOGETHER AND WERE GOOD FRIENDS, I KNEW HIS MOM AS WELL. HE WAS A GREAT GUY AND I THOUGH OF HIM OFTEN YET HAVEN'T SEEN HIM IN MANY, MANY YEARS. I OWN A BOOKSTORE IN NORTHVALE, NJ IN CASE ANY OF HIS FAMILY LIVE NEARBY.
I ALWAYS KNEW DESMOND WOULD DO GREAT AND BECOME HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL. HUGS AND CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY!!
KENNY SARFIN
Classmate
November 10, 2020
Rest In Peace Dr. Jordan, you will be missed but never forgotten.
Esther Solis Santis CRNA
Coworker
November 10, 2020
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