Dr. Nicholas Peter Rossi Jr. Obituary

Dr. Nicholas Peter Rossi Jr. passed away in the early hours of November 5th after a brief illness. The visitation will take place on Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, 605 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City, with an all-night service at 6:00 pm. Funeral Mass will be held at Newman Catholic Student Center on Friday, November 18th at 11:00 am. 104 East He met Jefferson Street, Iowa City, one hour before his service. Burial will be held at St Joseph’s Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, you can donate to the Newman Catholic Student Center, Oaknoll Foundation, Helen K. Rossi Volunteer Guest House, University of Iowa Hospital Volunteer Program. He was born in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 17, 1925, to Nicholas Peter and Edna Noland Rossi. His mother is a housewife and his father is a pharmacist. Together they owned and operated his corner drug store, Italian He Market, on his 9th Avenue. His uncle Joe was the principal of Philadelphia High School, home to famous high school students who regularly appear on the nationally televised program American His Bandstand. He graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia, a few classes ahead of linguist Nome his Chomsky. He was soon drafted into the army and his interest in dentistry caused the authorities to place him in the Army Medical Corps. He participated in the Battle of the Pacific Theater and Saipan. He studied engineering in college and graduated with degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann School of Medicine. During his 62 years, he was Professor of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, specializing in pulmonary, coronary, esophageal, great vessel rupture, and valvular occlusion conditions. For many years he was Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the City of Iowa. He helped perform the state’s first kidney transplant in 1969. His career as a surgeon and researcher spanned nearly the entire history of open heart surgery. He co-published his last paper on esophageal anastomotic leakage at the age of 93, attended his last academic conference two months ago, and remained active in his department throughout his career. Like many first-generation cardiovascular surgeons, he was originally trained in general and pediatric surgery. In Philadelphia, he studied with C. Everett Koop and touched on thoracic and abdominal procedures. His introduction to open-heart surgery involved cold hypothermia, developed in the early 1950s, to interrupt a beating heart long enough to restore function. The procedure, which predated the invention of the heart-lung machine, consisted of immersing an anesthetized patient in a tub of lukewarm water made from a modified horse. Ice was then gradually added and when the patient’s temperature dropped to exactly 86 degrees he We provided 6 minutes of operating time. Dr. Johann “Hans” Ehrenhaft recruited him to the University of Iowa in 1960 from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. At the time, Iowa had one of only three thoracic surgery programs in the country. Dr. Ehrenhaft was interested in tuberculosis research and patient care at the Sanitorium of his campus at the University of Iowa Oakdale, but used his engineering background to direct him to the University of Minnesota, where he I instructed them not to come back until the doctor could explain how they built the building. The first oxygenation unit for extracorporeal circulation, a prototype of a heart-lung machine. With plans he returned three days later to Iowa, perfecting its own machine and further initiating the golden age of cardiothoracic surgery. Fellows and residents were impressed with his patience and supervision in the OR. He has mentored generations of thoracic surgeons and has taught the art of heart surgery in Japan, Singapore, the People’s Republic of China, and Argentina. Anesthesiologists and surgical staff respected him for his calm demeanor and demeanor. When he stopped humming during surgery, they were able to foresee surgical complications.His colleagues called him a surgeon’s surgeon and a conscientious clinician. did. He cared for patients almost every day of his career. Hospital and university administrators saw him as a stable and reliable team his player. He has published numerous academic papers, served on the American Heart Association’s Central Advisory Board, was a founding member of major surgical and thoracic societies, and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Cardiology, and the International College. served. Surgeon, past president of the Iowa Thoracic Society, and public member of the Accreditation Board of the American Association of Law Schools. He married the girl next door to him, Helen girlfriend Marie Kennedy, and he remained married for 60 years until her death in 2015. A campus to discuss cultural topics that affect Catholic students. The Nicholas P. Rossi Professorship of Cardiothoracic Surgery was established in recognition of his many years of service to Carver College of Medicine. He was quiet and reserved. He loved his family, crosswords his puzzles, math, reading, dog walking and opera. His favorite aria was her Ch’ella mi creda in act 3 of Puccini’s West Fantura. He said it melodically sums up his views on surgery and life: the situation is fatal, but not hopeless. died earlier. Nicholas is survived by his sister, Barbara Franks, from Cinnaminson, New Jersey. sister-in-law, Nancy Munch, from Berwyn, Pennsylvania; Four sons, Nicholas J. of Houston, Texas, Christopher (Monica) of Iowa City and Tromso, Robert (Kimberly) of Clive, Iowa, and Timothy of Iowa City. His four grandchildren, Sigrid Sophia, Nicholas Christian, Ryan Marie and Nicolas Lauren. You can leave your condolences online for your family at

Posted online on November 10, 2022

Listed in the Des Moines Register

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