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Harold N. Bornstein, former Trump personal physician, dies at 73

“He dictated this whole letter,” he told CNN. “I did not write this letter.”

Harold Nelson Bornstein was born on March 3, 1947 in New York City to Dr. Jacob and Maida (Seltzer) Bornstein. From an early age, he wanted to be a doctor, like his father. A photo in his office showed him as a smiling young boy holding a stethoscope to what appeared to be a teddy bear, according to a 2016 profile of him on the medical news site STAT. In high school, he played in a band called Doc Bornstein and the Interns.

Dr Bornstein went to Tufts, outside Boston, graduated in 1968, and graduated there with his medical degree in 1975. He had a strong allegiance to the university, which 19 members of his extended family had. frequented over the years. He made a flamboyant figure on campus, was a good student, albeit irreverent, and wrote poetry under the pseudonym of Earl Harold.

Dr Bornstein eventually joined his father in his Manhattan practice and had privileges at Lenox Hill Hospital, also on the Upper East Side. His father at one point had lived in Jamaica, Queens, near Mr. Trump’s childhood home, and a patient of Jacob Bornstein reportedly introduced them. Dr. Bornstein’s eldest son died in 2010 at the age of 93.

Dr Bornstein was proud of the concierge medical practice that he ran with his father for over 50 years. “My greatest successes,” he said in a 2017 interview with a Tufts medical school alumni magazine, “have been to avoid managed care medicine and refuse to have the conservative beard and haircut my parents thought were necessary to be successful.

Dr Bornstein, who lived upstairs New York in Scarsdale, NY, has been married three times, most recently to Melissa Brown, who survives him. His is also survived by a daughter, Alix; two sons who are also doctors, Robyn and Joseph; and two other sons, Jeremee and Jackson, according to the published obituary.

Dr Bornstein was initially pleased with the attention he received as Mr Trump’s personal physician, although his notoriety subsequently subjected him and his family to harassment.

The back of his business cards, STAT reported, included his name and underneath, written in Italian, the phrase “dottore molto famoso” – “very famous doctor”.