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In Memoriam: Dr. Fred Brancati

Dr. Brancati

It is with deep sorrow that we report the death of Dr. Fred Brancati, who served as Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine until January of this year. Fred passed away peacefully at home on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 14, 2013, after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis for over two years.

Dr. Brancati was University Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Samsung Professor of Medicine. He held joint faculty positions in the Department of Oncology and the School of Nursing. At the time of his death, he was the Associate Director of the Division of GIM, Director of the Hopkins-UMB Diabetes Prevention and Control Core and Executive Medical Director of Hopkins Medicine’s Business Development and Strategic Alliances. He was a Core Faculty member and former Interim Director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research.

Fred was a truly remarkable person. To his colleagues, he was a brilliant scientist with a brilliant sense of humor. For the 200+ faculty and staff members in the Division of General Internal Medicine, he was an extremely supportive and effective leader. For his students and trainees, he was a superb mentor. In all roles, he was warm and compassionate--he cared deeply about people.

Fred leaves behind his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Jaffee, twin 16-year-old daughters, his sister, his mother, a nephew and other family members.

The family is not planning a service at this time.  At some point in the future, the Division of GIM and the Welch Center will hold a memorial in his honor.

Instead of flowers, the family prefers that individuals make donations to charitable causes of their choice to honor Fred. The following are suggested:

For more information, see the following resources:

Dr. Brancati's faculty page

Message from Paul Rothman, MD, Dean of the Medical Faculty, CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine and Ronald Peterson, President of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, EVP of Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins University obituary   

Baltimore Sun obituary