In memoriam

In memoriam

In Memoriam Martin A. Entin, MD 1913–2004 Dr. Martin A. Entin passed away peacefully on May 14, 2004 at the age of 91. Dr. Entin made many contributi...

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In Memoriam Martin A. Entin, MD 1913–2004

Dr. Martin A. Entin passed away peacefully on May 14, 2004 at the age of 91. Dr. Entin made many contributions in all areas of plastic surgery with a special emphasis on congenital deformities of the hand and upper extremity in children. Dr. Entin was born in the Crimea and emigrated to Canada with his parents in 1930. He graduated from McGill University Faculty of Medicine in 1945 and completed his residency in plastic surgery at the Montreal General Hospital, The Montreal Children’s Hospital, the Montreal Neurological Institute, and the Royal Victoria Hospital. In 1949 he was awarded the NRC Graduate Research Fellowship under Dr. Sterling Bunnell at Stanford University in San Francisco, CA. In 1950, Dr. Entin was appointed to the staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital. He was also on staff at the 182

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Shriners Hospital for Children where he began his research of congenital anomalies of the hand. From 1971 to 1977 he was Director of Plastic Surgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital. He initiated an international series of special courses designed to extend knowledge and promote innovations in hand surgery techniques that continues to this day. His medical career encompassed the repair and reconstruction of birth defects and burns and the reimplantation of limbs. In 1973 Dr. Entin was elected President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and took part in the first exchange of surgical information on replantation with Chinese Surgeons during his visit to China. He invited the Chinese Replantation Team to visit McGill University and to present their work

In Memoriam

at the Congress in Dallas, TX in early 1974. A year later the Board of Directors of the Royal Victoria Hospital honored Dr. Entin with the R.V.H. Distinguished Service Award for his continuous dedication to patient care and teaching students. Nine years ago Dr. Entin embarked on his second career as a writer. His first task was to chair the committee and supervise the writing of the Centennial History of the Royal Victoria Hospital, published in 1994. Since then he has published an impressive number of articles on the history of medicine. Dr. Entin received several awards for his contributions including the William B. Spaulding


Certificate for his contribution to the history of Medicine in Canada. Honored by his colleagues, and deeply loved and appreciated by his many patients and his family, he will be greatly missed. He was a loving husband to Laura and father to their 3 daughters, 2 sons-in-law, 4 grandchildren, and 1 great-granddaughter. He will be long remembered by the many whose lives he touched. H. Bruce Williams, MD Montreal, Quebec, Canada doi:10.1016/j.jhsa.2004.09.014