| Physicians of Interest
history of Arizona's physicians is rich in mystery,
controversy, innovation and pride. Since the
settlers first inhabited the territory, physicians
have been a part of Arizona's legacy. They helped
shape the culture of this Great State and set
the standard for the quality of care delivered
to its citizens. The Physicians of Interest
page on this website highlights the historical
work of Arizona's physicians and the roles they
played while shaping the State's future. The
biography of a new physician will be added each
month and in time, the page will represent a
patchwork of the names and faces that brought
medicine in Arizona to life.
Mark Forrest Gordon, M.D.
On Christmas Eve, 2004, the East Valley lost a popular and well-respected member of the medical community in a tragic automobile accident that also took the life of his 15-year old son.
Dr. Mark Gordon graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago in 1979 and began a distinguished career in charge of the NATO Health Clinic in Brussels, Belgium from 1980 to 1982. Dr. Gordon began serving the East Valley in 1990 when he joined the Thomas-Davis Medical Center in the specialty of Obstetrics/Gynecology before leaving to establish his own practice. He joined the staff of Chandler Regional Hospital and, over his career, delivered more than 5,000 babies - each receiving a bib on the occasion of their six-month birthday with the inscription, “Hand Delivered by Dr. Gordon”.
His smile has been described as “cheesy”, his manner as comforting and caring, his laughter as contagious, and the legacy he left, memorable and missed.