Thursday, January 14, 2016

A loss to the IBD world, Dr. Present

It is with regret and sorrow that we wish to inform you that Dr. Daniel H. Present passed away at the age of 81.
The pain is still raw, and the loss so profound. Dr. Present was a strong advocate for our noteworthy organization JCCSG. He has been a source of advice, guidance, and affection ever since our inception. We vividly recall the time we met with him in year 2011, prior to founding our organization. Dr. Present spent over an hour with us, providing us with sound advice how to open this organization. His guidance and encouragement keep us going to this day.

Dr. Present, or Dan as he was fondly called, entered private practice in 1964. He quickly began to focus on the treatment of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, bringing clinical trials into clinical practice. A brilliant, innovative, and charismatic figure, Dr. Present has played an integral role in the treatment of the disease, serving as a world renowned Gastroenterologist at Mount Sinai Hospital for over 54 years. He paved the way for the currents modes of treatments for Crown's disease.
Dr. Present took immense pleasure in his care and dedication for his patients. He derived joy from sparing his patients the pain, discomfort, and humiliation of inflammatory bowel disease by finding the right treatment. He tried to prevent surgery by all means whenever there was another possible medical solution. He spent many, many hours with his patients, more than any HMO would have allowed. He sat at their bedside and visited them late at night when they fell ill, and he shared their joy when they recovered.

Nothing made Dr. Present happier than seeing a college student returning to school or a former patient feeling well enough to plan a wedding or bear a child. The numerous people he has helped are his everlasting memory, and his many achievements in the field of medicine will be his immortal presence. May his virtuous soul rest in peace.

Funeral services will be held on Today, Thursday at 12:00pm at "The Riverside", 180 West 76th St., New York, NY 10023.

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