Dr. George Ofori-Amanfo of Rye, N.Y., lauded physician and generous mentor, died on December 30, 2021.
Born on April 4, 1962, in Accra, Ghana, he was the son of John Ofori-Amanfo and Yaa Brenya. From childhood, George’s enchanting personality, intellect, and kindness were evident to those around him.
As a young student, he excelled academically, and no one was surprised when he decided to pursue a career in medicine. After earning his medical degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, School of Medical Sciences, Ghana, and completing his early post-graduate training at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Ghana, he went to the United States for advanced clinical training.
Dually certified as a pediatric cardiologist and pediatric intensivist after training at Children’s Hospital of New York, Columbia University, Dr. Ofori-Amanfo was a pioneering leader in the field of pediatric cardiac intensive care and achieved international renown as a master clinician, educator, and leader. Up until his death, he served as the Division Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine in the Jack and Lucy Clark Department of Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital.
His impact and legacy in medicine are both profound and enduring.
While he truly loved his patients and colleagues, his heart was his family. His happiest moments were spent traveling, celebrating, and enjoying quality time with his family by his side.
Dr. Ofori-Amanfo is survived by his wife Celine, the love and joy of his life; his sons, Francis, Justin, and Christian; and two brothers, Francis Ofori-Amanfo of Utrecht, the Netherlands, and Stephen Ofori-Amanfo of Accra, Ghana.
“George will be remembered for many things, including his pragmatic wisdom, equanimity, and brilliant mind,” said his family. “Above all else, we will forever miss and treasure his charisma, joie de vivre and beautiful spirit.”
The family received friends and loved ones at Graham Funeral Home on January 13.