DR. MICHAEL RAVITCH Dr. Michael Ravitch, a leader in the southern Nevada medical community and longtime Boulder City resident, passed away Jan. 12, 2016, at the age of 74, three years after his retirement as a highly acclaimed orthopedic surgeon. Named one of the Las Vegas Valley's Top Doctors by Las Vegas Magazine in 2004, Dr. Ravitch had a 39-year career in which he served as chief of staff twice at St. Rose Dominican Hospital and also at Boulder City Hospital. He served on the Boards of Trustees of both hospitals as well. He was also the originator of Emergency Medical Services and Black Mountain Orthopedics in Henderson. "Doc Ravitch truly was one of a kind," said Burt Buy, his close friend as well as one of his patients. "When we went to lunch former patients would often come to the table to talk to him. He remembered everyone, even their families. He was a kind, gentle and caring man and I was incredibly lucky to have him as a friend." Born Aug. 19, 1941, in Oberlin, Ohio, Dr. Ravitch was married for 44 years to Donalene (nee Robinson) Ravitch. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Sara Ravitch and Amanda Ravitch Mastantuono; son-in-law, Angelo Mastantuono; grandchildren, Milo and Dashiell Mastantuono; sister, Sally Ravitch; nieces, Michelle and Danielle Ravitch; and nephew, Shane Robinson. Known as a devoted father and a loving husband, his family has many happy memories, including Dr. Ravitch's passion for betting on professional football. The family gathered for lively Super Bowl parties and, from the winnings, would be treated to steak and Maine lobster. While his friends say he didn't like to talk about it, Dr. Ravitch served with the Special Forces in Vietnam as a Green Beret and captain with the U.S. Army Medical Corps, where he earned the Combat Medical Badge. "It's hard to think of him jumping from airplanes in a green beret, but I've seen pictures of him in operating rooms in Vietnam that looked like a scene from M*A*S*H," said Buy. Neighbor Sara Denton, who had been Dr. Ravitch's patient since a hip operation more than 20 years ago, has known the Ravitch family since they moved to Boulder City in 1974. The families traveled together to Russia and Mexico, and became so close that Sara Ravitch was named for her. "He was always so sweet and gentle with his patients, and never said a bad thing about anybody," Denton said. "Our son, Scott, did a rotation with him in medical school. He said Dr. Ravitch was the kind of doctor he always wanted to be. I can't think of a finer tribute." Memorial donations in Dr. Ravitch's name may be made to Emergency Aid of Boulder City, 600 Nevada Way, Boulder City, NV 89005.