1935 - 2020
PRESSMAN--Peter I., M.D., 84, Clinical Professor Emeritus of Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College died on April 27, 2020 in New York City from the Novel Coronavirus. Born in New York City on June 20, 1935, the son of Julius and Gussie Pressman. Attended the Bronx High School of Science and had a career in music before attending Columbia College '55 (Ford Foundation Scholar) and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons '59. Was an Intern and Resident in Surgery at Presbyterian and Bellevue Hospitals and served in the United States Army as a Surgeon in Korea. Initially on the staffs of Beth Israel and Lenox Hills Hospitals, then New York Presbyterian as Professor of Clinical Surgery. Founding Member of the New York Metropolitan Breast Cancer Group and Board Member of the American Cancer Society, he was the author of numerous publications. His busy surgical practice was devoted to treating Breast Cancer and directed towards earlier diagnosis and more acceptable, lesser surgical procedures. When he retired from Clinical Surgery he established the Genetic Risk Assessment Program at the Weill Cornell Breast Center. Educating women was a priority -- he was co-author of five editions of the book "Breast Cancer - The Complete Guide." He is survived by his devoted wife Peggy, married 49 years, two sons Michael and Jeffrey, and five grandchildren. There will be a memorial service at a future date. We are grateful to the team at Weill Cornell who cared for Peter in his final days. In his memory, we ask that you make gifts to Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Surgery Breast Cancer Program. Donations may be sent to: Weill Cornell Medicine, Office of External Affairs, 1300 York Avenue, Box 314, New York, NY 10065.

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This man will be missed. He saved my life and I will be eternally grateful. Dr. Pressman was one of a kind. I cannot thank Peter or Peggy enough for the wonderful care they gave me and continued to give me even after he retired. I will miss him. Nicki Shopis
February 6, 2021
A fine Doctor, who cared for all of his patients. Fond memories of the gentle man.
Rose Dlaurenzio
February 1, 2021
I remember Peter from P.S. 187 in Washington Heights where we both grew up. He was a marvelous pianist and always played at our assemblies. I was listening to the Yom Kippur livestream service from Central Synagogue and heard the Rabbi mention Peter's name as having passed away this year. My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to his family. May his memory be for an eternal blessing.
Kathleen Flesch Smith
September 28, 2020
Peter and I grew up in the same apartment building. I was 2 years younger and looked up to him for his musical talent and his brilliance, when I was 11 I started studying piano and he
would hear me practice from a courtyard. Sometimes we would take walks to Ft Tryon Park
and he would offer suggestions to make my playing better. When I went to Paris for the first time he gave me a typed itinerary with everything I could have wanted to know about Paris at 22. Generous and so alive! Sorry I never got to say how much that meant to me.
Barbara Becker-Gol
August 28, 2020
Wow! Goodbye Dr.Pressman. I have had the opportunity to have worked with some of the most brilliant physicians on planet earth. You are in my top 10 category. My BLT Doctor. RIP.
My heartfelt condolences to your wife Peggy and your family and friends.
Dorrel Bailey
June 20, 2020
Wow! Goodbye Dr.Pressman. I have had the opportunity to have worked with some of the most brilliant physicians on planet earth. You are in my top 10 category. My BLT Doctor. RIP.
My heartfelt condolences to your wife Peggy and your family and friends.
Dorrel Bailey
June 20, 2020
Peter and I became friends when he made several trips on the SSAncon as ships doctor. I was Third Officer and my parents lived in the Canal Zone so he came to their house and we showed him around Panama. He was brilliant and down to earth. I would visit with him on my trips to NY.He showed me around Bellevue when I was in NY. What a great loss to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.
Reggie Hayden
June 11, 2020
Doctor Pessman operated on my breast cancer 25 years ago. He was kind and informative,giving me hope. He was the finest breast surgeon.
Ann Cahill
May 9, 2020
May 8, 2020
Peter had a beautiful garden and a wonderful appreciation of nature. It had been my pleasure to work on his properties, a little piece of heaven!
May 6, 2020
Daniel Murray
May 6, 2020
Lyle Casriel
May 4, 2020
Richard Rubenstein
May 3, 2020
Claude and I are deeply sorry for Peters passing. We were updated about his condition from Ellen. We are glad to have memories from Sarasota to Boston. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts during this most difficult time. Nancy
Nancy Nash
May 1, 2020
Dr. Pressman was a dedicated breast surgeon and mentor. The life he lived will leave a legacy. I am glad I had the privilege of knowing him. My prayers and condolences go out to Peggy and the family.
Lenear Phillips
May 1, 2020
Dr. Pressman was my doctor about 30 years ago and he was wonderful - knowledgeable, patient, and caring. Ten years ago my family saw him again re: genetics, his newest specialty, and he was extremely helpful. His life was well lived and his death is tragic. I extend sincere condolences to the family
Frances Maier
April 30, 2020
Peter was a dear friend and Doctor for many years. Socializing with Peter and Peggy were such highlights for us. What an incredible dear soul we lost with his passing. Rest in Peace my friend.
Alan Henslovitz
April 30, 2020
Dr. Pressman was an exceptional man . He was kind and smart and very reassuring . He saved my life 26 years ago . My love to Peggy and family .
Carolyn Epter
April 30, 2020
I previously worked for Dr. Pressman and he was also my surgeon in 2001 when I had breast cancer.
He saved my life. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. My deepest sympathy to Peggy and their sons. Ilene Schwartz
April 29, 2020
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