In Memoriam

The faculty, staff, students and alumni of SMBS are greatly saddened by the tragic death of Richard T. Sarkin, MD. Dr. Sarkin, 54, died in the crash of Corporate Airlines Flight 5966 on Tuesday Oct 19, 2004 as the flight approached Kirksville Missouri airport.

Dr. Sarkin was a member of the faculty of the SMBS Department of Pediatrics and a staff member of Clinical Services of the Department of Pediatrics of The Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo where he directed General Pediatrics in the Newborn Nursery and saw patients at Hodge Pediatrics.

As Director of Pediatric Clinical Clerkships at UB, Dr. Sarkin touched the lives of countless medical students over the years and is credited with influencing many of them to practice in Pediatrics. He was passionately interested in medical education. In describing his interest, he said, “My main professional interest is in the area of medical student education. I am most interested in ways to improve the teaching skills of residents, community faculty and full time faculty. I am also interested in ways for physicians to improve their communication skills with patients and families”. At the time of his death he was en route to a conference on humanism in medicine.

During his career Dr. Sarkin was recognized with many awards for his excellence in education and medicine.

Dr. Sarkin resided in Amherst, NY and is survived by his wife and two children.



There will be a memorial service for Dr. Richard Sarkin on Saturday, October 23, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. at the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York.
[ Direction to Albright Knox Art Gallery ]
[ Letter from Dr. Morin ]

The Richard Sarkin, M.D. Memorial Teaching Fund
The Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo Foundation
219 Bryant Street
Buffalo, NY 14222


Sarkin Lecture