Department Mourns Loss of Dr. Warren Warwick

Warren Warwick

Dr. Warren Warwick, retired Professor of Pediatrics and a colleague to many of us, passed away on February 15, 2016. Dr. Warwick was a member of the Department of Pediatrics from 1960 to 2011. He made it clear that he was going to cure cystic fibrosis and set out every day to get that done.

Dr. Warwick graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1954. After a rotating internship in Ohio he returned to Minnesota and did his pediatric residency from 1955 to 1957. This was followed by additional training in England and active duty in the United States Army. He quickly assumed the lead in the CF clinic and led the program from 1962 to 1999. Dr. Warwick is often remembered as the developer of the first chest compression vest for bronchial drainage, but it was his comprehensive approach to CF care that extended the lives of countless individuals with cystic fibrosis and set a national benchmark for excellence. Over his tenure he established cystic fibrosis clinics in Minnesota, Iowa, and North and South Dakota. He is also credited with six patents. At the time he received the U of M President's Award for outstanding service one of his nominators noted "Dr. Warrick truly embodies what the University stands for: creativity, passion, integrity, hard work, and compassion for others. A researcher-physician who is truly "driven to discover," he has made outstanding contributions to the Medical School, the University of Minnesota, and the world beyond, particularly through his decades-long commitment to serving patients suffering from cystic fibrosis."

Department Mourns Loss of Dr. Julie Ross

Julie Ross

Julie Ross, PhD, MPH, Director for the Department of Pediatrics' Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Research, passed away June 19, 2015. Dr. Ross joined the University faculty in 1995, was promoted to Associate Professor in 2000 and Professor in 2005. She was one of the leaders of the field of molecular epidemiology. Dr. Ross was internationally recognized for her work and chaired the Epidemiology Committee of the Children's Oncology Group as well as the NIH Epidemiology of Cancer Study Section. She was an outstanding mentor and those skills were recognized locally and nationally with numerous honors and awards. Over the past two years, Dr. Ross served as the Associate Head of Research for the Department of Pediatrics. She was a trusted friend, colleague, scientist, and leader who will be sincerely missed. 

Department and University Community Mourn Dr. Rich Kaplan

Rich Kaplan

Richard "Rich" Kaplan, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and the director of the Center for Safe and Healthy Children, passed away Monday, August 19, 2013, at his home in Northfield, MN. Dr. Kaplan joined the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics in 2004 and rose to the rank of Professor in 2012. He was internationally recognized for his work in child abuse and neglect. He received numerous awards and honors during his career.  Rich will be remembered for his compassionate care for children. He was an inspiration to many, and truly one-of-a-kind. He will be sincerely missed by his colleagues at the University and nationwide.


Department Mourns Loss of Dr. Theodore (Ted) Thompson

Theodore (Ted) Thompson

The University of Minnesota Medical School and Department of Pediatrics are deeply saddened by the sudden death of Dr. Theodore (Ted) Thompson, Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology.  Dr. Thompson completed his Pediatrics residency and fellowship at the University of Minnesota, and has been a faculty member since 1975.  Most recently Dr. Thompson served as the Medical Director of Neonatology at both Fairview Southdale and Ridges, and also worked as a Community Faculty Liaison for the medical school.  Dr. Thompson has been an unwavering advocate for medical students, and his contributions to medical education during his career are immeasurable.  Part of Dr. Thompson's legacy will be the generations of medical students, residents, and fellows he taught; he will be sincerely missed.


Dr. John Kersey, lifelong faculty member at U of M, dies unexpectedly

John Kersey

The University of Minnesota suffered a significant loss when Dr. John Kersey, a  towering figure in the history of the Medical School, died unexpectedly on March 10, 2013.  John left a lasting mark as a researcher, as a physician, and as a mentor to those who will now carry on his work.  Dr. Kersey has a passion for discovery, and he translated that passion into breakthrough thinking and extraordinary results.  He was the founder of the University's Blood and Marrow Transplant program, serving as director from 1974 - 1995.  He was also the founding director of the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota, which is one of only 40 centers across the country designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute (NCH). 

John's legacy will be measured by the teams of researchers who have been inspired by his spirit, and by the countless patients who have benefited from his passion, vision, and care.

Renowned brain tumor pioneer, Dr. John Ohlfest, dies after battle with cancer

John Ohlfest

The University of Minnesota lost one of its best and brightest researchers when John Ohlfest, PhD, passed away on Monday, January 21, 2013 after his own battle with malignant melanoma.  John's work on behalf of the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota was ground breaking, and offered great hope for brain tumor treatments.  John was an Associate Professor in the Division of Bone and Marrow Transplantation in the Department of Pediatrics. 

John's death at such a young age robbed us of limitless potential that he brought to his research every day.  His work, and the impact he had on the lives of those battling cancer, will live on.  We are committed to continuing his research, and will do our best to follow the promising paths that John's work opened to us.