Longtime ob-gyn Dr. Murray Nusbaum dies

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Dr. Murray L. Nusbaum, a pioneer in women's health, died Thursday at 91.

Dr. Nusbaum was born Feb. 22, 1922, in Utica. He graduated from Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and completed his medical training at Western Reserve Medical School in Cleveland. He was a World War II and Korean War veteran, serving in the Navy.

In more than 50 years of medical practice, he worked as an obstetrician-gynecologist and later as a reproductive endocrinologist. He launched Mid-York Fertility, one of the first infertility treatment programs that was nationally recognized. At one point, he was invited by the Department of Health and Human Services to travel to Window Rock, Ariz., to help the Navajo Nation in addressing an increased rate of infertility.

"Dr Nusbaum understood the potential benefits of genetic advances in the practice of medicine," said Luba Djurdjinovic, executive director of the Ferre Institute. "He urged everyone to collect and share family health histories. He understood that a cornerstone of personalized medicine in the genomic medical era would be family health history."

At the time of his death, Dr. Nusbaum was medical director of Ferre Institute, an organization that he founded in 1974.

"Dr. Nusbaum was truly an advocate and leader in women's health in the Mohawk Valley and throughout New York State," said Kathleen E. Dyman, executive vice president for Medical Societies of Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Chenango, Oswego, Cayuga and St. Lawrence Counties, said. "He was always forward thinking and was never willing to settle for anything less than the best quality of care for his patients."

He was a leader of the Mohawk Valley, New York State and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and was a member of the Oneida County Medical Society, the medical Society of the State of New York and served as president of the Central New York Academy of Medicine.

"Dr. Nusbaum worked tireless on behalf of ACOG and in the areas of legislative advocacy, research, teaching and direct patient care," said Donna Montalto, executive director of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists District II. "As a result of his vision, our New York office has become an invaluable resource to our members, providing the most up-to-date medical education, while advocating for women's health issues before the New York State Legislature. Dr. Nusbaum will be missed dearly by all of us at ACOG."

Dr. Nusbaum won many awards and in recent years, he was a medical adviser to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists District II and served on the advisory committee to the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory. He was also a professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynecology at SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse and served on the board of Utica College.

"It's clear to those patients Murray cared for, and those colleagues privileged to know him, that he was a medical titan," said Dr. Steven Kussin.

He served as chair of the New York State Chapter of the ACOG District II from 1984 to 1987, and led an effort that resulted in the establishment of the ACOG District II office in New York State. His vision to create the District II office in Albany ensured that continuous statewide advocacy and leadership were priorities for ob-gyns. Dr. Nusbaum was honored statewide with a lifetime achievement award from ACOG District II in 2004.

Survivors include his wife, Bettie; and two daughters, Devra and Korrine.

Funeral services are private, with a memorial at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Ferre Institute, Masonic Medical Research Laboratory, or the MLN Scholarship fund at Utica College.

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