Harold N. Bornstein, Trump’s Former Private Doctor, Dies at 73


“He dictated that entire letter,” he told CNN. “I didn’t write that letter.”

Harold Nelson Bornstein was born on March 3, 1947, in New York Metropolis to Dr. Jacob and Maida (Seltzer) Bornstein. From an early age he wished to be a health care provider, like his father. {A photograph} in his workplace confirmed him as a smiling younger boy holding a stethoscope to what seemed to be a teddy bear, in response to a 2016 profile of him on the medical information web site Stat. In highschool, he performed in a band referred to as Doc Bornstein and the Interns.

Dr. Bornstein went to Tufts, outdoors Boston, graduating in 1968, and earned his medical diploma at Tufts in 1975. He had a powerful allegiance to the college, which 19 members of his prolonged household had attended through the years. He minimize a flamboyant determine on campus; was a great pupil, if irreverent; and wrote poetry underneath the pseudonym Rely Harold.

Dr. Bornstein ultimately joined his father at his apply in Manhattan and was on workers at Lenox Hill Hospital, additionally on the Higher East Aspect. His father at one level had lived in Jamaica, Queens, close to Mr. Trump’s boyhood residence, and a affected person of Jacob Bornstein’s is believed to have launched them. The elder Dr. Bornstein died in 2010 at 93.

Dr. Bornstein was happy with the concierge medical apply he ran along with his father for greater than 50 years. “My biggest successes,” he mentioned in a 2017 interview with a Tufts medical faculty alumni journal, “have been avoiding managed-care medication and refusing to have the conservative beard and haircut that my mother and father thought was mandatory for fulfillment.”

Dr. Bornstein, who continued to make home calls, had a status for being exceptionally attentive to his sufferers. One former affected person, Evan McGlinn, who began seeing him in 1988, mentioned in an interview that physician visits all the time made him nervous and made his blood stress rise. He mentioned that Dr. Bornstein was conscious of this and would depart the analyzing room, solely to reappear in a prime hat and a rubber nostril.

“It could crack me up, after which my blood stress could be regular,” mentioned Mr. McGlinn, who was a reporter for Forbes journal on the time.

Dr. Bornstein, who lived north of New York Metropolis in Scarsdale, was married 3 times, most just lately to Melissa Brown, who survives him. He’s additionally survived by a daughter, Alix; two sons who’re additionally medical docs, Robyn and Joseph; and two different sons, Jeremee and Jackson, in response to the printed loss of life discover.