Find a Member:

1978 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Samuel Rosen*

Emeritus Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

"Man can find meaning in life only through devoting himself to society as a healer."

Samuel Rosen was born in 1897 in Syracuse, New York. His father, a peddler of crockery, barely earned enough money to feed his family. By age eight, Rosen had decided to become a doctor so that he could find a cure for his mother's asthma. While his brothers and sisters didn't consider a college education for themselves, the entire family supported Rosen financially so that he could attend Syracuse University. He obtained his MD in 1921. After finishing his two-year internship at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, he continued to work there and began to specialize in ear, nose, and throat ailments. In 1952, Rosen accidentally freed the fixed stapes bones during a probing in the patient's ear. This action restored the patient's hearing and after months of refining the operation's technique, Rosen published his findings in medical journals. The operation took only 30 minutes. He demonstrated and taught his technique to doctors all over the world, charging no fees for the instruction. He was recognized both nationally and internationally for his achievements in the field of medicine. He began the first collaborative medical research project ever undertaken between Americans and the People's Republic of China involving acupuncture and the treatment of nerve damage to the ear.

* Deceased