Dr. Jose


DR. JOSE A. SOSA was born in Puerto Rico on September 16, 1924. He practiced medicine in Camden from 1957 until his retirement in 1990. His first office was at 634 Penn Street, where he also made his home through at least 1970, according to New Jersey Bell Telephone Directories. By 1977 he had moved his office to 3113 Westfield Avenue in East Camden.

Last a resident of Cherry Hill, Dr. Sosa passed away on August 7, 2007. He was buried in Puerto Rico.

Camden Courier-Post * September 26, 2007

Camden doctor kept door open to the uninsured

An oil painting of Dr. Jose A. Sosa stood by the mystical images inside the Mount Carmel & Fatima Church in South Camden. The temple's lights accentuated the figure of one of this city's most popular and beloved residents who died on Aug. 7.

Sosa's family in Puerto Rico decided his ashes were to be discretely taken to the island without a public funeral service. For this reason, Sosa's closest friends organized a Mass on Sept. 15 in his honor, the day before what would have been his 83rd birthday.

The ceremony was difficult to describe; it was both moving and composed. The brilliant choir performed songs with lyrics such as, "Friendship is a star placed by God in one's heart" and provided the liturgy with a special touch.

True friend

Truthfully, this was a meeting of friends who were there to show gratitude for Sosa who was a true friend to them.

Sosa was a physician by trade. He was in his profession to be at the ultimate service of others, particularly the destitute.

Sosa was born in Puerto Rico and graduated with a combined degree in natural sciences, biology and chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico. In 1951, Sosa received his doctorate in medicine from Hahnemann University.

In 1953, as a new graduate, Sosa served as a military doctor in the Korean War. "I went to the war to save lives," he once told a Courier-Post reporter.

In 1957, Sosa opened his office in Camden and became the first Spanish-speaking doctor in the city's history. When Sosa died, the Courier-Post ran a story in which those who knew him talked about his professional ethics and social concerns.

Anyone who went to Sosa's office would never leave without being seen by him, even if the patient did not have the money to pay for the visit.

Sosa also made home visits at all hours and gave medications he purchased -- not free samples -- to those who couldn't afford them.

A detail that clearly reveals Sosa as both a doctor and human being was recorded in the Courier-Post's article. The article mentioned that at the time of Sosa's death at Cooper University Hospital, there was a prescription booklet among his personal belongings.

Sosa had closed his office when he retired in 1990, but never let his professional license expire. He continued to carry the prescription booklet in case someone needed his help.