Legendary D.C. doctor Stanley Sinkford Jr. died

A legendary doctor in our region has died.

Family members say 83 year old doctor Stanley Sinkford Jr. died Saturday after a lengthy illness. Sinkford was a renowned Pediatric Cardiologist who served the D.C. community for more than forty years.

He was the head of pediatrics at the now-closed D.C. General Hospital and also created the Border Baby Program. The program was aimed at helping treat babies that were born addicted to crack cocaine.

Dr. Sinkford received his undergraduate degree from Howard University and his medical degree from the Howard University College of Medicine and was one of the first African American Pediatric Cardiologists in this new subspecialty, according to a statement from his family.

Dr. Sinkford is survived by his wife, Jeanne; daughters Dianne Sinkford, Janet Jones and son, Stanley Sinkford III, M.D. Dr. Sinkford has two beloved granddaughters Zoe and Nina Sinkford; his sisters: Bobbie Ware, Doris Mosley, Jacqueline Sinkford, Jane Strother, Patricia Redd, Madeline Greene; nieces, nephews as well as other extended family and friends.