In Memoriam

Dr. Sigmund (Siggie) H. Ein

died 2015

From Dr. Jack Langer, The Hospital for Sick Kids, Ontario Canada

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Dr. Sigmund (Siggie) H. Ein on January 25, 2015, with his wife Arlene and his family at his side.

Dr. Ein began his career at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada  on July 1, 1969, where he spent his entire career until his retirement in 2004. During his 35 years in practice he held many leadership positions within the world of Pediatric Surgery. He was President of the Canadian Association of Paediatric Surgeons and Chair of the Royal College of Surgeons Specialty Committee for Pediatric Surgery. He was an active and involved member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Surgery. In particular, for the past 10 years he, along with Mike Caty, ran the much-loved difficult case session at the AAP Section on Surgery meeting.

Dr. Ein was internationally known for documenting the natural history of a wide variety of paediatric surgical conditions and for promoting non-operative management of the ruptured spleen and the use of peritoneal drainage for perforated necrotizing enterocolitis. He was not afraid to speak up at surgical meetings when he felt the need, and his combination of humour and wisdom was respected by all.

But first and foremost, Siggie Ein was all about patient care. He was devoted to the children and their families, and his advocacy on their behalf served as a powerful role model for several generations of his trainees and colleagues. He had strong opinions and he never hesitated to share them, but his focus was always on the best interests of the child.

Dr. Ein was a dedicated surgeon, teacher, mentor, husband and father whose pursuit of excellence in patient care will continue to influence us for generations to come. We will miss him deeply.