University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Pitt-Johnstown Remembers Dr. Joel E. Borkow, Board Member

The Pitt-Johnstown community remembers Dr. Joel Borkow, committed Pitt-Johnstown Board of Advisor from 2014 until April 2021, who passed away June 17 at the age of 77. Humble and charitable, Dr. Borkow was a generous donor to many local nonprofit organizations and volunteered at the free clinic Highlands Health.

His remarkable life took him to Princeton University at the young age of 16 and never looked back. After doing Chemical Research and earning several Master Degrees in Engineering, he attended Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He did his residency at Millard Filmore Hospital in New York, and his Plastic Surgery Residency at the Medical College in Ohio.   He was a board-certified Plastic Surgeon licensed in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and California. He lived in Westmont and worked at Plastic Surgical Associates for over 30 years and another 10 years with the Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center system. He was dedicated and known for providing the best care possible for his thousands of patients.

“The Pitt-Johnstown family morns the loss of a great friend, a very thoughtful, wise, and esteemed member of the Board of Advisors, and a talented, dedicated surgeon who has done so much for our community,” President Jem Spectar said. “We send our heart-felt condolences to his wife Mary and his family and friends.”

He is survived by his dedicated wife, Mary, who partnered with him to give back to many local organizations in the region. He is also survived by his children, David (Melissa), Jason (Rebecca), Michelle (Jim), K. Andrew (Laura), Philip (Pat); grandchildren, Hannah (Christian), Emma, Aaron, Meagan, Stephen, Nathan, Grant, Paige, Madilyn, Owen, Ryan, Joshua, Ella, Brooke, Rachel; one great grandson, Micah; brother-in-law, T.J. Pappas; sister, Ellen (Wayne); also survived by multiple nieces and nephews.