Dr. Arthur Bank Has Passed Away

March 3, 2014 – CAF sadly announces the passing of Dr. Arthur Bank.

Dr. Arthur Bank

Dr. Arthur Bank

Dr. Arthur Bank, Professor of Medicine and Genetics and Development at Columbia University, and Director of Hematology in the Department of Medicine, until his retirement in 2005, died at age 78 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital on February 27, 2014. A graduate of Columbia College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Bank was a world-renowned molecular biologist and hematologist. Throughout his research career, in which he authored over 300 publications and was continuously funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, he was also an Attending Physician at Presbyterian Hospital. His career was unique in that he made major contributions to research both in the area of basic science and that of clinical medicine. After his retirement he wrote two books “Turning Blood Red: The Fight for Life in Cooley’s Anemia,” and “Searching for the Best Medicine: The Life and Times of a Doctor and Patient,” both published by World Scientific Press.

Dr. Bank is survived by his wife Rona, his sons Drs. David and Michael Bank, and three grandchildren. A private funeral service was held February 28, 2014.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation.

CAF hopes you will join us in remembering the enormous contribution that Art made on behalf of our community.

We remember him with great warmth, enduring respect and gratitude for all the advances that he brought forth and for his generous concern for each patient.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories and at the request of the family I will forward them.


Gina Cioffi

CAF National Executive Director


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