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Riverside Memorial Chapel

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OBITUARY

Dr. Melvin Rosenblatt

December 21, 1958October 8, 2019

Dr. Melvin Rosenblatt, age 60, of New Rochelle, New York passed away on Tuesday October 8, 2019. Dr. Melvin Rosenblatt was born December 21, 1958.

A Funeral Service for Dr. Rosenblatt will be held on Tuesday, October 10, 2019 12:00 PM at the Riverside Memorial Chapel 21 West Broad Street Mount Vernon, NY. Following Services, interment will follow at the Sharon Gardens Cemetery 273 Lakeview Avenue, Valhalla, New York. For any additional information, please contact the Riverside Chapel at 914-664-6800

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.riversidememorialmountvernon.com for the Rosenblatt family.

Services

  • Chapel Service Thursday, October 10, 2019
  • Burial Thursday, October 10, 2019

Memories

Dr. Melvin Rosenblatt

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Don Geer

October 12, 2019

I want to share some things about Mel with everyone. I loved Mel, and Mel and I would often joke about how few people knew what he did for a living. Specifically, what was Interventional Radiology?? I need to give you all some background information to understand. I first met Mel around 1996. This was one of Mel’s favorite stories about us. I was a new Associate Product Manager at Bard and Bard had released the Rosenblatt Dual Slim Port. While I was fresh out of school I guess I was not the typical fresh out of school Product Manager. I had been in the military for 6 years, a medic/EMT for 7 years, married for 10 years, and had 4 children. I started in mechanical engineering at Bard and switched to marketing. Marketing has a symbiotic relationship with physicians to educate, design, and use medical products. I attended 10 to 15 medical conferences a year to learn new trends, meet with physician thought leaders, etc.

My first conference was RSNA in Chicago. I called Mel and introduced myself and asked if he would like to get dinner while at RSNA. He told me that would be great. Mel was the first physician I had taken out to eat. I knew Mel was Jewish and only ate kosher food. I really wanted to make a good impression with Mel, so I researched any and all Kosher restaurants in Chicago and there was only one. Mel had also done the same research. I had about 100 dollars in cash and my corporate American Express card so I was set for the night. It turns out the restaurant was much further away than I expected, and the cab ride out was $70.00. Now I’m sweating it out trying to figure out how I’m going to pay for the cab going home. I came up with a plan that I would drop off Mel at his hotel and then on the way to my hotel find an ATM to pay for the cab – back then they didn’t take credit cards. The restaurant was a Chinese kosher place and as we walked in there was an American Express sign, so I was good to go.

Don Geer

October 12, 2019

Now I was all set to impress Mel. We had dinner and had a lot in common. Our lives were focused on our families, our faith, and our work. We worked to provide for our families, and we worked too much. Our children were similar in age. We had a very enjoyable time. The bill came and I put out my American Express card. The waiter told me they did not accept American Express. I informed the waiter that there was a sign in the window that said American Express. He told me that the restaurant was just sold and they had not been able to set that up yet. During my panic of not having enough money to pay for dinner Mel graciously paid for dinner. The total bill was $17.00 dollars including tip. I really took him to a fancy place, and really impressed him. So we call for a cab and it took 35 minutes to get one (pre Uber and Lyft). There was another physician and his wife also waiting for a cab so we shared the ride back. We dropped that couple off first and he gave me $40.00 for his share so now, whew, I can pay for the cab. After I got home I mailed Mel a check to pay for dinner. Mel sent me a card back with my check and thanked me, however, he said there was no way he would cash that check so he could always tell people how I invited him to dinner and then he had to pay for it!

It was the beginning of a friendship that would last the last 25 years. Mel was one of my closest friends. Every medical conference we went to, we would find a kosher place to eat. It was always an adventure and it was our “thing”. We had over 100 dinners together over the years.
He has been like a brother to me and I loved him deeply. We discussed him leaving Yale, Sloane, and finally setting up his own practice. He gave me advise on my different companies and helped guide me in life. Mel had a significant impact on where I am in life today. We have a patent together. I remember doing the initial design work at his house. We talked about religion often.

Don Geer

October 12, 2019

I shifted from Interventional Radiology to Interventional Cardiology and Electrophysiology so we had not seen each other in a long time. We talked a while ago and it was like no time had passed at all.
Mel was respected by his peers and loved by his patients. He was honest, humble, had tremendous integrity, and a work ethic like I have never seen.

While Mel had only met my family once or twice and I only met his family once or twice we both felt as if we knew then much better because we always talked about them.


Mel loved his family more than anything in the world. I don’t have words to express my condolences to you all. I can’t imagine not having Mel around anymore.
Mel’s staff was always the best, and so loyal, and I also send you all my condolences.
Mel knew he could never be successful alone; he had his wife keeping everything together at home.


To the children: Your dad left you a wonderful legacy. He made a difference in the lives of countless patients. Thousands of your dad’s ports have been used in patients. When my father developed cancer, I had the doctors implant a Rosenblatt port in my dad. It was never about the money with your dad; it was always about the patient and improving that patient’s quality of life. Your dad made a difference in everyone’s life he touched. Physicians don’t get to have “normal” lives and with call/work are gone way too often. I’m sorry for the time I spent with him that took away from his time with you. I do know your dad loved his work and his patients, but his family most of all. He had a rare gift of being able to engage people and really know his patients combined with the best greatest clinical skills.
I’m so sorry for your loss if you need anything please let me know.

Don Geer

Mette Vårdal

October 12, 2019

Rest in Peace Melvin. My «dad» away from home. You were a sweet caring person and I loved working as an au pair for Danielle and beeing a part of your family. Only good memories. Love always Mette in Norway

Karen Valentino

October 10, 2019

I had the honor of working beside Dr. Rosenblatt for many years at Yale IR. He not only shared his vast knowledge with many of us, but always made us feel so respected and part of the team. He was an incredible physician who was not only great at everything he did, but so compassionate with ALL of his patients. He was the kind of doctor that everyone hopes to find. I will always cherish the many laughs that we all shared, especially the practical jokes that Mel would pull on us. Dr Rosenblatt will always be a true IR legend and will never be forgotten.
My deepest sympathy to his family.

Laura Troidle

October 10, 2019

Mel made such a positive difference in the many hemodialysis patients he took care of. He was so compassionate and put all of his patients at ease with the necessary procedures he performed. His passing is a tremendous loss for our community. With much sympathy for his family and friends.

Stephen Moses MD

October 10, 2019


As a patient and colleague I am shocked to hear of Mel‘s passing. He was a very personable and bright physician. I always enjoyed talking with him and discussing our similar roots.
Deepest condolences to his family.
Steve Moses MD

Dena heller

October 10, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss
I went to Brooklyn college with Melvin-
We were friends and hung out together-he always tried to get me to ride his motorcycle with him-but I was more comfortable drinking beer and hiking with him.
He was a wonderful friend back then -our paths crossed over the years and I always remember his pure good heart nature.
May his neshoma have an aliyah.
Dena Cohen Heller

Anne Small

October 10, 2019

I worked with Mel at YALE for many years. He was wonderful to his co- workers and patients. We had such a great time and would play pranks on each other all the time back in the 90’s. I am so sorry for your loss, may you all find comfort in your memories.
Anne Small

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY