Warren Edward ENKER

January 22, 1941August 21, 2020

Warren Edward ENKER was born on January 22, 1941 and passed away on August 21, 2020 and is under the care of Gutterman and Musicant Jewish Funeral Directors.

Chapel Service will be held on August 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm at Star of David Memorial Chapels, 1236 Wellwood Ave, West Babylon, NY. Interment will be held on August 23, 2020 at 1:15 pm at New Montefiore Cemetery.

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  • Chapel Service

    Sunday, August 23, 2020

  • Interment

    Sunday, August 23, 2020


Warren Edward ENKER

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James Prieto

September 7, 2020

Dr. Warren Enker was a tremendous surgeon from whom I had the rare privilege of learning medical and scientific knowledge, skill, professionalism, and humility. The inspiration from Dr. Enker and his protégé Dr. Joseph Martz were instrumental in my decision to become a colorectal surgeon. The patients under my care, my family, and I, owe Dr. Enker a huge debt for his tremendous support of my education and career path. You are greatly missed by many.

Felice Berkowitz

August 27, 2020

I remember the kindness and gentleness that Warren exuded as I spoke with him at the bat mitvahs of my nieces. We had such nice conversations and he was so incredibly sweet. We were all so pleased that he made the effort to attend and it really was so much fun to chat with him. It meant a lot to us. I extend my sincere condolences and will remember Warren with great fondness. With love and sympathy, Felice

Richard Hudson

August 27, 2020

It's with great sadness that I learned today that Dr. Enker had passed away. I worked with Warren for many years as a medical device sales rep and manger. We all know that he was one of the top colorectal surgeons in the world. More importantly, I can honestly say that in over 30 years of working with surgeons from around the world -- Warren stands as one the most special human beings I've ever worked with. I send me deep condolences to his entire family over the loss of this amazing person.

Lyn Gemellaro

August 26, 2020

I had the ultimate pleasure of starting my “grown up” life with Dr. Enker as a 20-yr-old at Sloan-Kettering. He taught me so much about so many different things. He became such a special part of my life as well as his beautiful Joan, whom I also love so very much. Let me not forget all the “kids” that I watched grow up. I love you all. God Bless You. Rest Easy Dr Enker, I’m sad that you passed, but happy that I had you in my life xo

Kathleen McGovern Kearns

August 25, 2020

I had the honor and joy to work with Warren at Beth Israel Medical Center for many years. I witnessed his extraordinary surgical skills and excellent patient care with both family, friends and the many who turned to him for care. I send my deep condolences to his family over the loss of this fine man. May he rest in peace.
Kathy McGovern Kearns

Michael Leitman

August 23, 2020

t is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the death of Warren Enker, MD, who passed away last week. The loss of this distinguished member of our medical staff, surgeon and international leader in colorectal surgery will be felt throughout the Mount Sinai Surgery Department and Mount Sinai Beth Israel.

Dr. Enker attended SUNY-Downstate and received his MD degree in 1967. He completed his surgical residency at the University of Chicago, where he continued until 1979. He also served as the University's Principal Investigator for the Gastrointestinal Tumor Study Group multi-disciplinary trials. From 1979 through 1995, he served as an Attending Surgeon on the Colorectal Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and as an Associate Professor and Professor of Surgery at the Cornell University Medical College. From 1979-1984, Dr. Enker was Chief of Colorectal Surgery and, in 1985, he was awarded the highest teaching honor of the Department of Surgery at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Enker had over 150 publications devoted primarily to rectal cancer and pioneered rectal cancer operations, which now set the standard for high cure rates and the prevention of local failure. He is the surgeon who designed the current operations for rectal cancer which are associated with high rates of sphincter preservation and preservation of both sexual and urinary function

Dr. Enker came to Mount Sinai Beth Israel in 1995 where he also served as the chief of colorectal surgery. Dr. Enker mentored dozens of young surgeons whom themselves have developed distinguished careers in the field of cancer surgery. He retired from practice in 2011.

Dr. Enker’s life work in the field of rectal cancer is summarized in the following article: Lange MM, Martz JE, Ramdeen B, Brooks V, Boachie-Adjei K, van de Velde CJ, Enker WE. Long-term results of rectal cancer surgery with a systematical operat

Kenneth Hu

August 23, 2020

Deepest condolences to the Enker family and the vast network of friends and colleagues who Warren touched. With his smile and trademark bow tie, Warren embodied an intellectual giant with gifted hands and a big heart who revolutionized the way rectal surgery is performed. He is a role model whose principles and character live on in the many he mentored and all his patients for which he cared. Rest in peace kind friend.

Dr. Philip Horowitz

August 23, 2020

A cousin by marriage, Warren, through his advice and direction, spared me from a life changing surgery. I will be forever grateful to him.
Our sympathies go to Joan and family.
Rochelle Steinkohl and Philip Horowitz

Louis Harrison

August 23, 2020

Ilene and I join the with the enormous circle of Warren’s loved ones, friends and admirers, as we mourn the passing of this incredible human being. We knew Warren as a dear friend but also as a physician colleague and as a someone whose skill and integrity touched so many people. In a world too often cluttered with nonsense and insincerity, Warren was a beacon of honesty, sincerity, integrity, decency and love. The world is so much poorer with his absence. Those of us who had the great privilege to know him as a dear friend, who saw his professional gifts help countless others and save their lives, and who knew his heart, realize that we walked in his shadow and felt totally enriched by being there. RIP my friend. Until we meet again.
Lou Harrison

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