New York neurosurgeon who made medical history dies of COVID-19


James Goodrich, MD, PhD, chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y., died on March 30 due to complications associated with COVID-19.

Dr. Goodrich dedicated his career to treating children with complex neurological conditions and developed a multi-stage approach for separating craniopagus twins who are joined at the brain and skull, according to a statement on Montefiore Health System's Twitter account.

He spent more than 30 years at the Bronx, N.Y.-based health system, where he served as director of the division of pediatric neurosurgery at Montefiore and professor of clinical neurological surgery, pediatrics, plastic and reconstructive surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

In 2016, Dr. Goodrich performed his seventh craniopagus procedure to separate two boys joined at the head at Children's Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center. It was the 59th time the rare neurological procedure was performed since 1952, according to CNN.

Dr. Goodrich graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City.

After medical school, he completed a residency at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and a fellowship at The Neurological Institute of New York, both in New York City.

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