“He dictated this whole letter,” he told CNN. “I did not write this letter.”
Harold Nelson Bornstein was born on March 3, 1947 in New York to Dr. Jacob and Maida (Selzer) Bornstein. From an early age he wanted to be a doctor, like his father. A photo in his office shows him as a smiling young boy holding a stethoscope on a bear that appears to be a bear, according to his 2016 profile on the medical news website Stat. In high school, he played in a band called Doc Bornstein and the Interns.
Dr. Bornstein moved to Tufts, outside of Boston, graduated in 1968, and received a medical degree from Tufts in 1
Eventually, Dr. Bornstein joined his father in his practice in Manhattan and had privileges at Lenox Hill Hospital, also in the Upper East Side. His father once lived in Jamaica, Queens, near Mr. Trump’s boy’s home, and it is believed that a patient of Jacob Bornstein introduced them. The older Dr. Bornstein died in 2010 at the age of 93.
Dr. Bornstein was proud of the porter’s medical practice with his father for more than 50 years. “My greatest successes,” he said in a 2017 interview with Tufts Medical School alumni magazine, “were avoiding managed care medicine and giving up the conservative beard and haircut my parents thought necessary for success.”
Dr. Bornstein, who continued to call home, had a reputation for being extremely attentive to his patients. One former patient, Evan McGlynn, who began seeing him in 1988, said in an interview that visits to doctors always made him nervous and raised his blood pressure. He said Dr. Bornstein was aware of this and would leave the examination room only to reappear with a top hat and a rubber nose.
“It was going to crack me and then my blood pressure was going to be normal,” said Mr McGlynn, who was a Forbes magazine reporter at the time.
Dr. Bornstein, who lived north of New York in Scarsdale, was married three times, most recently to Melissa Brown, who survived. He also had a daughter, Alix; two sons who are also doctors, Robin and Joseph; and two other sons, Jeremy and Jackson, according to the published death notice.