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Obituary for Philip C. Bonanno MD

Philip Carl Bonanno died peacefully at his home on May 5th at the age of 80. Born on March 5, 1938 in Brooklyn, Phil led a truly extraordinary life that in many ways embodies the American dream. His father, Peter, immigrated to the United States from Sicily as a boy in 1918 and later married Rose Castoro and settled in Brooklyn. Through his teenage years, Phil lived in Brooklyn and later on Long Island with his parents and older sister, Kathryn.
After attending NY Military Academy and graduating from Hofstra University, Phil attended Albany Medical College and later trained at Kings County Hospital Center. He ultimately entered the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery, first serving as Chief Resident at the NYU Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and then establishing his practice in Mt. Kisco and White Plains, NY. Over the years, Phil emerged as one of the true pioneers in his field and established a national reputation as one of the leading cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons in the country. Phil later founded the Institute of Aesthetic Surgery and Medicine and The Breast Institute, both at Northern Westchester Hospital. Through Phil’s vision, The Breast Institute, which is designed to provide comprehensive and compassionate care for breast cancer patients, has had a profound impact in the community in helping cancer patients through their most difficult times. Beyond these achievements, Phil also took great pride in serving as a mentor to an entire generation of doctors and medical professionals, a legacy that will long be felt throughout the medical community.
In parallel to his incredible accomplishments in the medical profession, Phil was also a founding partner of the Pawling Mountain Club in Dutchess County, NY. In a true illustration of his vision, Phil and his partners purchased an entirely undeveloped parcel of land in 1979 and over the years transformed it into one of the leading sporting clubs in the world. Through his passion for the sporting world and his desire to establish an environment to promote strong relationships and a truly warm and collegial atmosphere, Phil succeeded in achieving what many thought was impossible when he set out in this mission over 30 years ago.
Phil is survived by his loving wife Rosemary, and children Dominique (Mark) Mannix, Peter (Jennifer), and Philip,Jr.(Louise),his grandchildren Sarah, Caroline, Matthew, Philip, and Max, and his step-daughters Nicole (Dan) Russo, Victoria Casson (Lowell Thompson), and Lindsay (Peter) Brosens. He was predeceased by his sister Kathryn and his beloved wife of forty-seven years, Diane.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Phil’s memory may be made to The Breast Institute at Northern Westchester Hospital, 400 East Main St. Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
Family and friends will be received at his home at 47 Haights Cross Road, Chappaqua, NY, on Saturday, May 12 from 2-6 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

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