Barry Savits was born and raised in Chester, Pennsylvania. Except for several year-long hiatuses, he has made New York City his personal residence - since 1960. He attended Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. A surgical residency followed at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.
Subsequently, he spent a year in Cuenca, Ecuador with Project Hope in 1965/ 66 to successfully salvage a failing medical school and train its surgical staff. He has also afforded in-country medical care in Afghanistan and Kenya. He has had the honor of serving his country as a Commander in the US Navy for 2 years during the latter part of the Vietnam War- in Guam and Morocco.
A surgical career in Brooklyn, for 40 years, followed his national service. He was Director of Surgery at the St. Mary’s Hospital and the Kings brook Jewish Medical Center for 28 years during which time he was involved in resident and student training as well as clinical research. He fostered the concept of “Outreach” through participation in neighborhood clinics and support for local family practitioners. The remainder of his career was spent in the private practice of surgery.
He is the proud husband to Joseph Meaney, a dedicated Middle School teacher. His pride and joy are his four sons and their families. He appreciates the gifts life has afforded him and supports “give back” in all its ramifications.