In Memoriam


W. Gerald Rainer, MD, FCCP, died November 14, 2017, one day after his 90th birthday Dr. Rainer was President of the American College of Chest Physicians in 1982-1983. He practiced thoracic and cardiovascular surgery for 50 years with St. Joseph Hospital in Denver as his professional home. He was a respected leader, researcher, and educator, helping and mentoring countless residents, fellows, and many other health-care professionals. Dr. Rainer was a distinguished clinical professor of surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and served on many University boards and committees. He published prolifically in many respected surgical journals and was able to masterfully blend his private practice with strong academic involvement. As President of the American College of Chest Physicians and many other respected medical and surgical organizations, he was also actively involved in international professional societies. CHEST extends its condolences to Dr. Rainer’s wife of 67 years, Lois, and to his family and friends.

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