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August 14, 2007

Dr. David Gorman dies

PLATTSBURGH "" Dr. David Gorman, a gynecologist with practices in Plattsburgh and Malone and a two-time winner of the Mayor's Cup Regatta, died Sunday.

Gorman, 71, died at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. He had undergone surgery for prostate cancer last week and then suffered a heart attack while recovering from the surgery.

He apparently suffered another heart attack Sunday night.

Gorman was chief of surgery and past president of the medical staff at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone. He also operated the Women's Health Center Obstetrics and Gynecology office in Plattsburgh.

Among his survivors are his wife, Judy Murphy-Gorman, whom he married July 2006. They honeymooned in the Greek isles.

They worked together at both the Women's Health Center and the Malone office and had recently expanded the practice to include infertility treatments.

He was born in Syracuse on April 24, 1936, the son of Phillip and Caroline (MacCartney) Gorman.

Dr. Gorman joined the medical staff at Alice Hyde Medical Center May 9, 1965, and served on nearly every committee within the hospital during his 40-plus-year career.

In 2004, he introduced a new hysterectomy procedure to the North Country that would remove the uterus through tiny incisions rather than vaginally or abdominally, reducing the recovery time and pain for patients.

Sheila Maneely, an ultra-sound technician who worked for Gorman for the past 12 years, said he was a great doctor.

"He could be very demanding, but everything he did was because he wanted the best for his patients," Maneely said.

"I've been in this field for 36 years, and I learned more from him in my 12 years with him than I ever did. Going to work for him was the best decision I could have made."

In 1993, anti-abortion activists protested outside his office on Main Street in Malone, where he performed the procedure.

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