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.