Joseph R. Wilder

First Name
Joseph
Last Name
Wilder
Middle Name
R.
Graduation Year
1945
Degree granting institution
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Death or Deceased
Death
Death Year
2003
This person was the first at something
No
This person was notable for some reason
Yes
This person was P&S Faculty
No
Memo

New York surgeon and respected artist (whose oil painting of a women's Olympic relay race graced the cover of the Spring 1990 issue of P&S), died at age 82. Professor of surgery emeritus at Mount Sinai and former director of surgery at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, Dr. Wilder divided his time in the prime of his career between wielding a scalpel in the morning and a paint brush at night. His split career began when one of his patients, the actor and sometime painter Zero Mostel, who had been hit by a bus and on whom Dr. Wilder performed several operations, advised him to start painting to relieve stress. Largely self-taught, Dr. Wilder soon began showing his work at galleries and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. Three books of his paintings were published. He was especially known for his renditions of athletes and surgeons. Dr. Wilder ardently believed that health professionals had to expand their humanistic horizons and cultivate untapped talents. A quote follows to that effect.

Citation

P&S 24 (Winter 2004) P 36

Academic year of citation
2003-2004
Record ID
8711