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09/04/2019    Spencer F. Dubov, DPM

The Passing of Murray B. Goldstein, DPM

Podiatric Medicine has lost an iconic member this
April 19th as Murray B. Goldstein, DPM of Delray
Beach, Florida, passed away after a heroic battle
with cancer at the age of 94. Murray began his
podiatric medical practice in Kew Gardens Hills,
Queens, New York in 1951 following his service in
the U.S. Army, and graduating from the M.J. Lewis
College of Podiatry (Now the New York College of
Podiatric Medicine).

As President of the New York Podiatric Medical
Society, together with members of the New York
State Board, Murray was instrumental in obtaining
the reversal of the decision by New York Blue
Cross that was to disallow payment for bunion
surgery by podiatrists as outside of the scope of
practice. Together with Attorney General Louis
Lefkowitz during the Rockefeller administration,
this momentous roadblock was successfully
overcome.

Murray’s office was always open to anyone
interested in our profession and especially
welcoming new young practitioners, running
courses in practice administration in how to run
a successful practice.

As State Society President, during a clinical
conference, he arranged live televised surgical
procedures performed at the hotel by Earl Kaplan,
DPM, well known founder of the first podiatric
residency program at the then Detroit Civic
Hospital. Murray later relocated to Florida,
establishing his practice in Delray Beach and
then, truly dedicated to serve his profession,
extended his administrative skills to his
profession by becoming President of the Florida
Podiatric Medical Association.

We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to Murray for
his foresight, tenacity, and imagination in
providing the basis for the extensive scope of
practice that we all take for granted. It was my
honor and privilege to have been associated with
Murray as I joined him in our practice in New
York. He will always be remembered as one of the
truly greats in our profession and personally as
a super guy. May God rest his soul.

Spencer F. Dubov, DPM (Retired), Naples, FL

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