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In Memoriam: Arnold H. Einhorn, M.D.

Remembering the life and contribution of past Children's National resident director April 15, 2021
Arnold Einhorn, M.D.

The world is a little darker as we have learned the Children’s National Hospital community lost a great friend, colleague and mentor: Arnold H. Einhorn, M.D.

Dr. Einhorn was born in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1923. He received his early education in Belgium and France. As a child during World War II he spent a short time in a concentration camp. As a young man, he joined the French Resistance, escaped the Nazis and enlisted in the British Army to fight against Germany.

After the war, he earned a B.S. and M.D. in Paris, where he completed residencies in pediatrics and infectious disease. He moved to New York in 1954 and served for many years as chief resident and faculty member at The Lewis M. Fraad Department of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He served as Pediatrician in Chief and Director of the Pediatric Residency Program of its hospital affiliate. In 1978, Dr. Einhorn joined the George Washington University (GWU) School of Medicine and Health Sciences as a Professor of Pediatrics, Department Chairman of Pediatric Medicine and Director of the Residency Program at Children’s National. 

Dr. Einhorn led the residency program at Children’s National for 14 years, evolving it into one of the most sought-after programs in the country. He was widely recognized for his strong advocacy of the house staff's education and well-being. After serving at Children’s National as GWU Professor and Senior Attending Pediatrician, as well as Professor of Pediatrics at Georgetown University, Dr. Einhorn continued teaching medical students as Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at both GWU and Georgetown University for many years.

Dr. Einhorn trained more than 1,000 pediatric residents who are now practicing throughout the United States and in many countries around the world. His students are on the forefront of every field of pediatrics – as teachers, leaders, researchers and distinguished practitioners. His legacy lives on through their meaningful work.

Our condolences go out to his family and friends. Our support goes out to all who knew Dr. Einhorn, as a mentor or colleague, and who were touched by his commitment and leadership.