Doctor, professor, author Morton 'Morty' Spivack, 84


Morton “Morty” Spivack, M.D., 84, died surrounded by his loving family on June 26, 2018, in New York City.

Born April 12, 1934 in New York, he was the son of the late Mae (Levine) and David Spivack. He grew up in New York City, attended Cornell University and the University of Buffalo School of Medicine.

He was board certified in internal medicine, and a diplomate in hematology. 

He was the director of the blood bank and chief of hematology at both Montefiore and Mount Sinai hospitals during his distinguished career. Numerous medical students and young doctors benefited from his expertise while he was professor of medicine and pathology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and associate professor of both disciplines at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

He served on the executive board of the New York Blood Center, and numerous other boards.

He was appointed by Gov. Mario Cuomo and Gov. George Pataki to serve on the New York State Council of Human Blood and Transfusion Services, which he did for 18 years. 

He was a member of several medical societies related to hematology, blood banking, transfusions and others. 

He also co-authored more than 40 articles that were published in prestigious medical journals.

He was the beloved husband of Carol (Goldstein) Spivack for 63 years, who was the director of Riverdale Temple Nursery School; devoted father of Laura Siegel (Gary), Mark Spivack (Lisa) and Dr. Julie Spivack. Adoring grandfather of Steven (Bari), Danielle and Tyler Siegel; Brett, Jessica and Adam Spivack; Mack, Beck and Clay Reiferson. And ecstatic great-grandfather to Pauli Siegel.

He also was the loving brother of Harriet (Spivack) Stettiner. 

He will be missed by many other family members, friends, colleagues and patients.

A memorial service was held June 29 at Riverdale Temple, 4545 Independence Ave.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Morton’s memory to New York Blood Center, P.O. Box 419354, Boston, MA, 02241-9354.

Or send to American Friends of Magen David Adom, 352 Seventh Ave., Suite 400, New York, N.Y., 10001.

Arrangements were handled by Weinstein Memorial Chapel.

Morton Spivack