Dr. Desmond Arthur Jordan MD

June 12, 1953November 2, 2020

Dr. Desmond Arthur Jordan passed away at age 67 while at his home in Hoboken, New Jersey, on November 2, 2020. Born in New York, New York, on June 12, 1953, to Thelma and Victor Jordan and raised in Englewood, New Jersey, “Desi” was a bright and mischievous kid. He grew up with his older sister Ellen surrounded by family and friends including his cousins Kyle, Keris, Alexander, Caroline, Nathan, Debbie, Paula, Mark, Hope, Yvonne, and Vanessa. He excelled in community and school activities, and was an all-star musician and drum major. He transitioned into Dr. Desmond Jordan through an impressive academic journey that included Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, New Jersey, Cornell University for his undergraduate degree in Ithaca, New York, and Brown University Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island, before going on to become a resident at Harlem Hospital and serving in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

As a young adult, Dr. Desmond Jordan trained in anesthesiology, critical care medicine, and research at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He then joined the Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) Department of Anesthesiology in 1987, the same year his oldest daughter Kristin was born. Dr. Jordan was the first director of the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit at CUIMC. In 2004 he was named both “Teacher of the Year” for the department of anesthesia and New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s “Doctor of the Year.”

His youngest daughter Lauren was born in 1989 and he actively cared for “the girls” all while developing complex protocols for the care of heart and lung transplant patients. He served everyone from the children of Ghana to politicians to celebrities to the families of his medical colleagues with kindness and respect. He donated his time to Doctors Without Borders, Mentoring In Medicine Inc., and to anyone who ever asked for help. He was a beloved educator, an author, a pioneer in bioinformatics and healthcare technology, and a humorous physician with an excellent bedside manner. All who knew Dr. Desmond Jordan will miss his quick wit and his signature side eye.

Later in his life he enjoyed returning to his alma maters to proudly watch his children graduate. He continued to grow in his career. His brilliance, humor, and huge heart was treasured by a large circle of family, colleagues, students, and friends. He was beloved. Dr. Desmond Jordan is preceded in death by his parents Thelma and Victor Jordan; his aunt Roberta Myrick; his grandparents Thelma Louise and Robert Bowens; and a number of cousins. He leaves behind his daughters Kristin Jordan and Lauren Jordan (Jeff Newman), his sister Ellen Jordan-Evans (Oliver Evans), his niece Lynette Tiernan (Nicholas Tiernan), his uncles Robert Wilber Bowens Jr. and Dr. Howard Myrick, and his cousins Keris Myrick, Kyle Myrick, Yvonne Mathews, Vanessa Mathews, Paula Dotson, Mark Joseph, Nathan Joseph, Jason Bowens, Randall Bowens, Phillis McCalla, Sandra Coleman, Wanda Sampson, and Brenda Coleman; and a myriad of other family and friends.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, November 21, 2020


  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, November 21, 2020


  • Burial

    Saturday, November 21, 2020


  • Reception to Follow

    Saturday, November 21, 2020


Dr. Desmond Arthur Jordan MD

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Christine Indech

April 16, 2021

Desmond was my Anatomy dissection partner the first year of Brown Medical School. At that time he was skinny and had the tallest Afro I'd ever seen. We had a mutual love for classical music. Brown 's Program in Medicine also had chamber concerts several times a year. Together we put on a Mozart French Horn concerto. He played French horn, I played the orchestra part on the piano, and we brought down the house. We remained friends through medical school and he came to my tiny home wedding in 1977. We still have one silver rimmed glass he gave us, 44 years later. I was always happy to see info about his stellar career, and later arranged the Mozart concerto for flute choir. He left this world way too early.

John Reasoner

April 13, 2021

Just read about Desmond’s untimely passing in the Brown Alumni Monthly. He was a great friend and study partner in medical school. He will be remembered for his quick wit and keeping things lively. I am sorry our careers took us along different paths after his wedding. He obviously left a legacy and medical footprint that his family can be very proud.
He will be dearly missed by many.

Isauro Fernandez

March 9, 2021

I just learned of Dr. Jordan’s passing and wanted to express my deepest condolences to his family.

After my son received a heart transplant last March, Dr. Jordan cared for him at the CTICU. Although he and I only met for a few short, intense and forever moments in time I will always remember his compassion, wisdom, humor, huge heart and strength. His presence always brought my son and I a sense of peace.

Thank you Dr. Jordan. God Bless you.

Sanford Littwin

November 21, 2020

To the most wonderful man, mentor and friend. You shall be missed.

Denise Ellison

November 19, 2020

Desmond could lead the band with the Dwight Morrow High School Marching Band. He could really kick his legs up and was very popular with students and faculty. I knew Desmond's family for a long time. Ellen, my prayers are with you and the family. Peace

Esther Bachor

November 18, 2020

I’m so sorry about your loss Ellen..! 😢 Is this the same Ellen working two jobs who I’d meet in the locker room at UA/IAD airport daily..? Your never ending smile brighten up my days for a brief moment but more than enough to recharge my batteries for a better tomorrow. You’re such an inspiration of love and joy Ellen! I’ve never met your loving brother but I’m sure he was also an inspiration to so many as well.
I thank God for having met you!! God bless you and your family and give you strength in such hard times...
Call or text me any time...9543266754

Ana Loy

November 9, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Jordan's passing. He treated my father at CTICU at Columbia in 2009 during the last days of my father's life with great love and compassion. He was a kind and gentle man and helped me get through one of the worst times of my life, for which I will be eternally grateful. May he rest in peace. My condolences to his friends and family.

Ana M. Loy