R. Peter Altman, M.D., the Rudolph N. Schullinger Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Surgery (in Surgery and Pediatrics), died July 27, 2011. He was a member of the Columbia and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital communities for more than 30 years. The following is reprinted from an obituary published in NYPress, the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital newsletter. The photo and obituary can be viewed in the September 2011 issue available here.
During his extraordinary career, Dr. Altman held several leadership positions, including Physician-in-Chief for the NewYork-Presbyterian Children’s Health System and Surgeon-in-Chief at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. He played a major role in the development of MSCHONY, from conceptualization to completion and beyond.
At Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons, Dr. Altman was the Rudolph N. Schullinger Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Surgery (in Surgery and Pediatrics).
A distinguished clinician and researcher, Dr. Altman made many important contributions to the care of infants and children. He introduced a surgical technique to correct the fatal congenital liver condition biliary atresia, helping numerous children live into adulthood. A leader in pediatric surgical education, he mentored scores of fellows who went on to have distinguished careers. Dr. Altman was known both for his wry wit and his serious commitment to helping children and their families. He is survived by his wife, Hanna; sons Robert and James; and four grandchildren.