Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Ernest R. Jaffe, M.D., Einstein's First Chief of Hematology

Ernest R. Jaffe, M.D.

February 12, 2008

Ernst R. Jaffe, M.D. died suddenly on Saturday, February 11th.

Dr. Jaffe held a number of positions at Einstein, including Senior Associate Dean, Professor of Medicine, and the first Chief of the Division of Hematology (1970 to 1982). He served twice as Interim Dean, keeping the institution afloat during some turbulent times in its history. Jaffe served as Editor-in-Chief of Blood, the Journal of Hematology, and as President of the American Society of Hematology as well as Co-editor of Seminars in Hematology.

Dr. Jaffe was the quintessential clinician, investigator, and scholar, and made significant contributions to understanding hereditary anemias due to enzyme deficiencies and hereditary methemoglobinemia. He was one of the founders of modern hematology along with his friends and colleagues William Dameshek, Helen Ranney, Ernest Beutler, Ralph Wallerstein, Eugene Cronkite, Samuel Rappaport, George Brecher, Theodore Spaet and Maxwell Wintrobe. He was known for his gentle manner and extraordinary diplomacy.

Dr. Jaffe was 83 years old and had been married to Jayne (ne Silvestre) for over 57 years. He is survived by two children, Stephanie Anne (a graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine) and Richard, and four grandchildren.

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