NYC physician who worked on frontlines dies of COVID-19

Henrietta Strickland
May 22, 2020

According to reports from The New York Times, Dr. James Mahoney worked as a physician at the University Hospital of Brooklyn and the Kings County Hospital Center.

Mahoney is remembered by the community, his colleagues, and other Black young professionals who look up to him and refer to him as their Jay-Z in the medical field.

Prior to his death, Dr. Mahoney served his community for nearly 40 years and was nearing retirement when he chose to continue practicing in order to take COVID-19 face on.

Dr. James Mahoney worked at the same Brooklyn hospital for almost 40 years before he was admitted there with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in New York City, Mahoney never once wavered at his commitment to practicing medicine, knowing very full well the responsibility he had to help his patients who suffered at higher morbidity rates and lived in some of Brooklyn's most underserved neighborhoods.

Dr. Robert F. Foronjy, Mahoney's boss, said the doctor acted fearlessly during his time treating COVID-19 patients, rushing into rooms as monitors sounded off, alerting him a patient was crashing.

"He told that to a lot of his residents who were people of color: you're just as smart of everyone else".

Dr. James Mahoney died of coronavirus near the end of April. "He saw another human being in need, and he didn't hesitate to help".

University Hospital in Brooklyn has seen its share of deaths during the coronavirus pandemic, but one loss has shaken the staff to its core. He eventually became a pulmonary and critical care physician and a professor at the same teaching of college. "When a black medical student, a black resident sees him, he sees a hero". He was hit with a fever shortly before mid-April and was barely able to walk by April 20. "He gave his life for that hospital", said Mahoney's brother Melvin, when speaking to the Washington Post. We hope you love us on YouTube as much as you do on television! His colleagues visited him regularly during his last days there, which they said felt like a treat considering many COVID-19 patients die alone. And he knew how much everyone here loved him.

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