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Dr. Sidney A. Goldblatt

June 23, 1934 ~ January 3, 2022 (age 87)

Obituary

     With a heavy heart we announce the death of Dr. Sidney A. " Sid" Goldblatt of Johnstown, Pennsylvania  who passed away on January 3, 2022.  Dr. Goldblatt was an internationally known physician, scientist, inventor, and entrepreneur. He served the Johnstown area as the Chief of Pathology, Medical Director of Laboratory Services, and as a Board Member of Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center (now LifePoint Healthcare) for more than five decades 1965-2015.

    He was a founder and CEO of Sunquest Information Systems (1979-2001) and Goldblatt Systems (2001-2022), both based in Tucson, AZ.  At the time of the sale of publicly traded Sunquest, his 1600+ international customers included the Mayo and Cleveland Clinics, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Mass General, Cedars-Sinai, UCLA, John Hopkins, the National Health Service in the United Kingdom and many of the academic medical schools in North America and Europe. At Goldblatt Systems, he and his team have developed precision medicine solutions based on advanced structured data and artificial intelligence/machine learning technologies.

   An expert forensic and clinical pathologist, Dr. Goldblatt was also a Founder, Medical Director, and CEO of MolecularDx, an advanced genomics diagnostics and toxicology laboratory, and as a Founder of ForensicDx, a nationally recognized forensic science center, both based in Windber, PA. Together with his son, Dr. Curtis Goldblatt and his team, ForensicDx performs forensic autopsies on behalf of coroners for twenty Pennsylvania counties, federal prisons, and hospitals and also private autopsies on behalf of families in eight states.

    Dr. Goldblatt graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Chemistry and Pre-Medicine from Penn State University in 1955. He received his M.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1959 graduating as the class valedictorian.  His postgraduate training included a rotating Internship (1959-1960) and Anatomic Pathology (1960-1961) and Clinical Pathology (1963-1965) residency at Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital in Johnstown, PA. Sidney served as a Research Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD (1962-1963).  He was among the most board-certified pathologists in the United States with subspecialty board certifications in anatomic pathology (1965), clinical pathology (1965), blood bank & transfusion medicine (1973), hematology (1974), medical microbiology (1978), and forensic pathology (1986).

    He has served as Governor (2006-2009) for the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and President (1989-1991) of the Pennsylvania Association of Clinical Pathologists (PAP). He was also active in the American Society of Clinical Pathologist (ASCP), American Medical Association (AMA), Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), Pennsylvania Medical Society, and Cambria County Medical Society.

    Known by many associates and friends as "Dr. G", he was beloved and regarded as a mentor and professional business leader winning many national awards including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 1997. As a scientist and researcher continually learning and teaching, Dr. Goldblatt published more than one hundred clinical papers from 1961-2021, including co-authoring the 2020 paper, "Rahman A, Kriak J, Meyer R, Goldblatt S, Rahman F. A Machine Learning Based Modeling of the Cytokine Storm as it Relates to COVID-19 Using a Virtual Clinical Semantic Network (vCSN). IEEE Big Data Conference December 2020."

    Sidney and Rae Goldblatt met at Penn State in 1954 and married in 1956 for 65 magical years. He is survived by their sons Brian Goldblatt and Brad Goldblatt of Johnstown, PA and Dr. Curtis and his wife Julia Goldblatt of Pittsburgh, PA and daughter Jodi Gottlieb and her husband, Jim Gottlieb of Tucson, AZ as well as five granddaughters. His parents were Joseph and Bertha Goldblatt of Beaverdale, PA, both deceased. He was loved and cherished by many people including his parents, sister Marilyn Smith (Spouse Jack) both deceased, surviving brother David (Spouse Rema) and many nieces and nephews.

    Dr. Goldblatt dedicated much time and his medical brilliance to aid hundreds of friends, family, and strangers who requested medical advice and assistance in times of need. He will be fondly remembered and regarded as a caring and wonderful friend.

   In remembrance of Dr. Sidney A Goldblatt's life, the family asks that any charitable donations be made in his memory to the Johnstown Area Heritage Association in support of the Johnstown Children's Museum or to The American Cancer Society to support research for finding a cure and prevention of cancer.

    For the American Cancer Society, Donations can be made by at https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/memorial-giving.html.

   For Johnstown Children's Museum - a check payable to JAHA and indicate "In memory of Dr. Sidney Goldblatt" on the check and mail it to:

JAHA, PO Box 1889, Johnstown, PA 15907

Or 

At www.jaha.org. Selecting "Donate". Donors can select "In Memory of" and then enter the necessary information.

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