Dr. Robert P. Geronemus: In Memorium

In memorium

Dr. Robert P. Geronemus (1948-2009)

M.D., Albert Einstein College, Bronx, N.Y. (1974)

Internship: Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago

Residency: Nephrology Department, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, N.Y.

Fellow: New York Kidney Disease Institute

Research Focus: Dialysis and hemofiltration, carbohydrate metabolism and lipids in renal failure, continuous arteriovenous hemodialysis, and slow nocturnal dialysis

Advisor to Medicare on Dialysis Policies

Frequent speaker at medical conferences

Professor, Nephrology & Kidney Transplant Surgery: University of Miami
Guest lecturer: Florida Atlantic University

Chairman: Florida Renal Coalition

Treasurer: Florida Society of Nephrology

Member: American Medical Association, Renal Physicians Association, American Society of Nephrology, American Association of Kidney Patients, and others.

President, South Florida Nephrology Associates and South Florida Nephrology Research Institute

Survived by his wife and four daughters

Dr. Geronemus placed patients in home dialysis using Aksys PHD in early 2003, long before many nephrologists supported the modality. He also had many patients using nocturnal dialysis.

Dr. Geronemus, walking across a street to a restaurant after attending a medical conference in Miami, was killed in January 2009 by a drunk driver (who was later charged with vehicular manslaughter). Dr. G was a well-known expert in nephrology, a supporter of home dialysis, and a tireless advocate for ESRD patients. He will be sorely missed.

With only 5,000 nephrologists in the U.S., it is rare to see a specialist die in this way. The story of his killing was covered by the Associated Press and many major newspapers, as well as the dialysis news media. His passing should have been noted on this website as well.

Mmiller, I think you emailed us about Dr. Geronemus, too. We’re very sorry for the renal community’s and his family’s loss. I did check his publications, and he’s never written anything about home dialysis. Having never met him, we weren’t aware of any home dialysis connection.

This site has lots of lovely tributes, if anyone is interested or would like to add one. Clearly, he was a much-beloved person and nephrologist. http://www.legacy.com/gb2/default.aspx?bookID=4406759794512.