Dr. James Tait Goodrich

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Dr. James Tait Goodrich

Birthplace: OR, United States
Death: March 30, 2020 (73)
New York, NY, United States (Covid 19 )
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Occupation: Pediatric Neurosurgeon
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About Dr. James Tait Goodrich

He was an American pediatric neurosurgery chief at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Goodrich passed away on March 30, 2020, from COVID-19 complications, according to hospital officials.

“Our beloved colleague, mentor, teacher, brother-in-arms passed away early this morning,” the hospital wrote in a tweet. “As a last act of service to others, he will forever remind us that Covid-19 is not a faceless disease. He will always be in our hearts.”

Dr. James T. Goodrich

Education: Goodrich graduated from the University of California, Irvine, Columbia University and completed his residency at Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and the New York Neurological Institute.


James Tait Goodrich (April 16, 1946 – March 30, 2020) was an American neurosurgeon. He was the director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery and Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery, Pediatrics, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Background: Goodrich was born in Oregon and received his undergraduate degree from University of California Irvine and his masters, PhD, and MD from Columbia University. He did his medical residency at New York–Presbyterian Hospital. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

Career: Goodrich was best known for his 2004 and 2016 separations of conjoined twins. He developed his own multi-stage approach to separate craniopagus twins, like those of Jadon and Anias McDonald. In 2004, he gained attention when he operated on Carl and Clarence Aguirre, twins who shared brain tissue. During a 27-hour surgery, Goodrich led a team of 40 doctors to separate them when they were 13 months old.

Goodrich was also an historian of medicine, and distinguished collector of antiquarian medical and scientific books. In 1982, he was elected a member of the American Osler Society, an organization of physicians and historians devoted to the celebration of the extraordinary humanistic, scientific, and bibliophilic achievements of Sir William Osler (1849-1919.) Goodrich often cited Osler as his role model.

Awards and recognition: Goodrich was named to Best Doctors in America and was listed in the Guide to America's Top Surgeons by the Consumers Council of America and New York magazine. He received the New York City Mayors Award in Science and Technology. He also received the Bronze Medal from the Alumni Association of the College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has also received awards including the Mead-Johnson Award, the Roche Laboratories Award in Neuroscience and the Sir William Osler Medal. In 2018, he was awarded a Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award.

Death: Goodrich died in New York on March 30, 2020, of complications of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). He is survived by his wife, Judy Loudin, and three sisters.


In 2017, Goodrich earned worldwide acclaim when he famously separated Anias and Jadon McDonald, cranially conjoined 13-month-old boys, during a 27-hour long surgery.

‘Humble’ NYC Doctor Who Led Miracle Surgery on Conjoined Twins Dies of COVID-19 Complications

Goodrich was known for his kindness, his caring and his sense of humor==

The pioneering pediatric neorosurgeon spent more than 30 years at the Bronx hospital, where he was director of the division of pediatric neurosurgery at Montefiore Health System and professor of clinical neurological surgery, pediatrics, plastic and reconstructive surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.



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Dr. James Tait Goodrich's Timeline

April 16, 1946
OR, United States
March 30, 2020
Age 73
New York, NY, United States