New York doctor who delayed retirement dies of coronavirus


Dr. James Mahoney’s family, friends, and colleagues should have been celebrating his retirement, but instead they’re remembering the life of a doctor who many called a hero.

Mahoney, 62, died from the coronavirus on April 27.


According to The New York Times, at the beginning of the pandemic, his loved ones urged him to take a break from practicing medicine. After a 40-year career, he had seen it all. He had been on the front lines of the AIDS epidemics, September 11th, and Hurricane Sandy, but Mahoney wouldn’t back down.

He kept busy by working shifts at multiple hospitals in New York. When he wasn’t at a hospital he was helping patients via telemedicine.

Unfortunately, in mid-April, he came down with a fever. He isolated at home, while continuing to treat patients, but eventually he had to check himself into University Hospital, where he worked day shifts in Brooklyn.


“I got to visit him, hold his hand,” said Dr. Robert F. Foronjy, Mahoney’s boss. “And he knew how much I loved him. And he knew how much everyone here loved him.

Mahoney died on April 27 surrounded by his colleagues.

“He worked on the front lines to the end,” his brother, Dr. Melvin Mahoney, who retired in 2014, said.

While he spent a great deal of time away from his family, his children never faulted him for it.

“That was like his calling, he loved to take care of people,” his son, Ryan Mahoney told ABC 7. “I mean, he died doing what he loved. So I have peace in knowing that.”

A GoFundMe was set up to fund the Dr. James (Charlie) Mahoney Scholarship Fund. The fund will support for an “African American applicant to attend SUNY Downstate Medical School.” Mahoney attended and graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical School before becoming a physician.

Thank you Dr. Mahoney for not only helping coronavirus patients when others urged your to take a step back, but for inspiring others in your community. You will be missed.

Share this to remember Dr. Mahoney.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related News

Kentucky school surprises little girl by including photo of her service dog in the yearbook

An elementary school made one little girl’s year when they saved a spot in their yearbook for her service dog. As per reports, St. Patrick...

Reopened bar makes customers wear giant rubber tubes to keep them six feet apart

Source The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on all of us. We’ve all spent the past few months staying indoors and social distancing. One of...

100-year-old WWII veteran beats coronavirus after 58-day stay in Virginia hospital

Source After months and months of seemingly hopeless stories of people falling ill with coronavirus, it’s finally time to hear about those in recovery. On March...

Garth Brooks praises Jimmy Carter as a hero after they work together for Habitat for Humanity

Source At 95 years old, Jimmy Carter is the oldest US president ever, but he’s still going strong. In the decades since leaving office, he...

Husband donates kidney to wife in stage 5 renal failure

Source Elsa Garza has an autoimmune disease, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, FSGS, a disease that causes scar tissue on the kidneys. “I was hanging on by...