It was with deep sadness that I learned of the recent passing of Dr. Sidney Fishman. I can still picture Dr. Fishman sitting behind his desk at NYU’s Prosthetic/Orthotic department with his stern look offering a glimpse into his vast knowledge and understanding of persons with limb loss and the effects of amputation. I was honored to have been a student of such a distinguished gentleman.
Dr. Fishman was vital in the development and organization of the National Academy of Science’s first university-based prosthetic education center. He was the director of the world’s first Orthotic/Prosthetic degree program and collaborated with other great pioneers in our profession, while encouraging advancements in prosthetic and orthotic education.
O and P education continued to be a main focus of Dr. Fishman’s even after the closing of NYU’s program and his subsequent retirement from formal teaching. As recently as late last year, Dr. Fishman continued to offer his guidance and knowledge freely to our profession as we embark on the next phase of our future education.
In 1996, Dr. Fishman was presented with Honorary Membership in the Academy for his accomplishments and dedication to Orthotics and Prosthetics. Throughout his illustrious career, he raised the bar and helped define the future of the profession.
On behalf of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the Fishman family as we all mourn the loss of our friend, mentor, and true pioneer of our profession.
Dr. Fishman, thank you for your passion, your leadership and your vision.
David F. Moretto, CPO, FAAOP
American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists