Esteemed and beloved physician, Robert J. Sinnott, passed away peacefully on May 25th, 2022, at the age of 62 after a brave and relentless battle with ALS. Dr. Sinnott was born and raised in the Logan section of Northeast Philadelphia and graduated from Cardinal Dougherty High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Lycoming College and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1996 for outstanding athletic achievement in football. He received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his general surgery residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital. He then completed his colorectal surgery training at Lehigh Valley Hospital, eventually becoming the first osteopathic diplomate of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.
He practiced at Doylestown Hospital for 12 years before returning to Lehigh Valley Hospital in 2004. He filled many roles at Lehigh Valley, including Chief of the Division of Colorectal Surgery and Program Director of the Colorectal Surgery Fellowship. His commitment to education was visible both in the classroom and the OR. Dr. Sinnott served on multiple regional and national committees, including the ASCRS Program Committee, the Colon and Rectal Surgical Self-Assessment Committee, and the Core Curriculum Committee of the Association of Program Directors for Colon and Rectal Surgery. He also served as President of the Keystone Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and President of the Pennsylvania Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
Upon his diagnosis of ALS, and wishing to honor him for his selfless nature, friends and family organized and funded a research laboratory in his name at Temple University Hospital. Through the work of the Dr. Robert Sinnott Research Lab, he will continue to advocate for patients living with ALS. Dr. Sinnott is survived by his dedicated wife Trish and their four children, Matthew, Patrick, Stephen and Kathleen.
The Wizard of Oz A Celebration of Life visitation will take place on Tuesday, May 31 from 4-9p.m. at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church, 1325 Upper State Road, North Wales, PA 19454. A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, June 1 at 11:00 a.m. at Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church. If you are unable to attend, there will be a livestream available at: mmredeemer.org/mass-streaming