SMITHEN, Charles Sherwood, at age 72 died while body surfing in the ocean across from his apartment in Palm Beach, Florida on January 13, 2015.

Raised in Winnipeg, Canada, son of the late Harold and Anne Smithen, Charles graduated from the University of Manitoba School of Medicine in 1965, completed his internship and residency (Internal Medicine) at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City (1965-69), and his Cardiology Fellowship in London, England  (The National Heart Hospital and Guy’s Hospital) and New York City (Cornell Medical School and the New York Hospital).   In 1971 he returned to New York City and started the New York Hospital – Cornell Medical School’s first Echocardiography Department.  In the mid-seventies, he joined with Dr. Martin Post in private practice and together they developed what became a world-renowned Cardiology practice.  Charles was known as a “consultant’s consultant.”  Heads of state from around the world, diplomats, politicians, boldface names in the arts and in society as well as many of his medical colleagues sought his counsel and cardiology expertise. In 1995 he was one of the founding partners of The New York Cardiology Associates, where he served as its first President.  He also served as President of the Physician’s Association of the New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Centre (New York City).  

In addition to his clear and analytic mind and his love of the practice of Medicine, Charles had a tremendous energy and zest for life; he was a true bon vivant.  He developed a passion for antiquities, history, travel, fine wines and fine food through a lifetime of travel, reading, collecting rare objects and the stimulation provided by the vast array of patients who found their way to his practice. He and his wife, Barbara, bought acreage in Mattituck, NY and developed an award-winning vineyard, Sherwood House Vineyards.  

Charles leaves behind his beloved wife, Barbara, whom he married in 1992; his two children from his first marriage,  Kevin (Montclair, NJ) and Lindsay (Washington, DC), their spouses, Corinne and Jeremy (Kirsch), and five granddaughters, Chloe, Felicia and Scarlett (Smithen) and Talia and Taylor (Kirsch);  his brother, Rob Smithen (Susan) and nephew Jon;  his sister-in-law Randese (Serge) Leoni and their children and grandchildren; and his first wife and good friend, Marcia Smithen Cohen (nee Marcia Micay, formerly of Winnipeg), as well as friends and former patients throughout the world.

A private graveside funeral was held Friday, January 16 in Palm Beach, Florida.  Please direct letters of condolence to Barbara Smithen at 2560 South Ocean Blvd.,Unit 401, Palm Beach, FL. 33480.


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