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Paul K. Woolf, M.D. (1951–2010)

Paul K. Woolf, M.D., senior associate dean and associate professor of pediatrics, died on November 3, 2010, at the age of 59. A pediatric cardiologist who played a key role in the development of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y., Dr. Woolf was a role model for thousands of medical students and residents. He treated literally thousands of children and trained hundreds of new doctors throughout his career. For the past 20 years, through a program funded by the Rotary Club, he had been volunteering his services to treat children flown in from Uganda, El Salvador, Russia, Siberia, China and the Philippines. Dr. Woolf received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and completed his residency and fellowship in pediatric cardiology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He joined the College faculty in 1984 and was instrumental in developing the pediatric cardiovascular program and the comprehensive Department of Pediatrics. He was a nationally prominent educator, serving for eight years as program director in pediatrics and becoming senior associate dean for graduate medical education in 2004. He was honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award from medical students, a Graduate Medical Education Award, and two Pediatric Resident Awards for teaching residents and supporting house staff.