John David Hirsch, MD

John David Hirsch, MD

John David Hirsch, MD

Born January 23, 1948, died July 7, 2020 peacefully after a brief illness in Florida.

John was an accomplished surgeon and entrepreneurial medical professional.  He graduated from Washington University Medical School and practiced in St. Louis as a general surgeon at the former Jewish Hospital and at Missouri Baptist, where he was also Chief of Surgery.  He invented the “Hirsch Catheter” which was used for patients requiring nutrition therapy and named after him.   He was instrumental in the creation of a home infusion company, a physician billing company, a surgical center and other enterprises. He was a respected medical professional who clearly wore many hats. 

John’s hobbies included growing orchids, raising bonsai trees, saltwater fish and scuba diving.  He had an aquarium exotic fish business after he retired.  He loved dogs and raised many Dobermans. 

John is survived by his wife, Nancy, his son Matt (late Brooke) Hirsch, daughter Marni (Mike) Ward and his grandchildren, Olivia, Madison and Emme Hirsch, Claire and Evan Ward, his mother, Sylvia (late Jerry) Hirsch, his sister, Betty (Mark) Goran, his stepdaughters, Krista and Kara Klund and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

John will be remembered for his superb surgical skills, his entrepreneurialism, and his many varied interests.  He spent his retirement years enjoying life in Florida and spending time with his grandchildren and his dogs.  Memorial tributes to Stray Rescue or a charity of your choice.

Berger Memorial Service