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Dr. James P. Giambrone, president of Associated Physicians of WNY

July 4, 1941 – Sept. 20, 2013

Dr. James P. Giambrone, a doctor of internal medicine and president of Associated Physicians of WNY, died Friday in his Amherst home after a brief illness. He was 72.

Born in Buffalo, Dr. Giambrone was a graduate of Cleveland Hill High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1963 from the University at Buffalo, and a doctorate in 1967 from UB’s School of Medicine.

He began his medical career as a captain in the Army Medical Corps at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, where he served from 1969 to 1971. He then returned to Buffalo and began building a medical practice.

Dr. Giambrone served as president of Associated Physicians of WNY and, concurrently, as managing member of Century Professional Building, the Buffalo facility in which it operates.

He was a longtime staff physician at Sisters Hospital, and the former St. Joseph and St. Francis hospitals. Dr. Giambrone formerly served on the board of directors of Catholic Health System and, in 2012, was voted Man of the Year by the medical staff of Sisters Hospital.

He was widely considered a valued mentor to aspiring physicians and a “physician’s physician” who counted many of the region’s medical providers among his personal patients.

Dr. Giambrone was a member of the American Medical Association, the Western New York Society of Internal Medicine and the Baccelli Club.

His interests included golf, and he was a member of Transit Valley Country Club since 1977. He served several terms as president of the Christy Mathewson Little League from 1978 to 1984, then returned to the renamed Mathewson-McCarthy Babe Ruth Baseball League from 2007 to 2010 to serve as an assistant coach of his grandson’s team.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Judith Kraebel Giambrone; a son, James P. Jr.; his mother, Pauline M.; and two sisters, Rita Elben and Marcia A.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Wednesday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court, Amherst.