Mendy Ganchrow, M.D.

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Introduction a retired colo-rectal surgeon, served as president (94-2000) and chairman of the board (until 2002) of the Orthodox Union, world's largest Orthodox Synagogue group. In 1968, while serving as an army combat surgeon in Vietnam, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and promoted to major. Upon the death of a Jewish chaplain, in light of his education at Yeshiva University and Orthodox upbringing, he was pleased to volunteer to serve as acting Jewish chaplain. Civilian life lead him to a surgical practice in Rockland County, NY. He simultaneously became deeply involved in the community. He served as president of his synagogue and local day school among his many different communal responsibilities. In 1962, he organized the Hudson Valley Political Action Committee (21 year president), which for a time was the largest local pro-Israel PAC in the US and was extremely active in AIPAC. He is former Chief of Surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern NY. In addition to his 3 books, he has written numerous Op-Eds on political, religious and general themes. Mendy is a well known public speaker and scholar-in-residence at synagogues throughout the US & Canada.