Ephraim S. Siker, M.D., was born in Port Chester, New York, On March 24, 1926. His father, Samuel Siker, was a family physician. Ephraim was known to his family, countless friends, colleagues and students as “Rick.” After high school in Port Chester, he started his pre-medical studies at Duke University. Graduating shortly before the end of WWII, he enlisted in the Navy, becoming a hospital corpsman while awaiting his admission to New York University’s College of Medicine. He received his M.D. in 1949.

Dr. Siker completed his internship and began his resident training in anesthesiology at the Westchester County Hospital, where he met and planned to marry Eileen Bohnel, a nurse at the hospital. These plans were interrupted by the Korean War in December of 1950.

Rick had remained in the Navy reserve and was loaned to the Army to serve as an anesthesiologist in the 4th Field Hospital in...

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