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Dr. Joseph R. Gerbasi, transplant surgeon at ECMC

June 30, 1934 – Jan. 16, 2016

Dr. Joseph Roy Gerbasi, of East Aurora, former director of transplant surgery at Erie County Medical Center, died Saturday in Father Baker Manor, Orchard Park. He was 81.

Born in Niagara Falls, he attended LaSalle High School. He was a 1957 graduate of the University of Rochester and earned his master’s degree in bacteriology and immunology the following year at the University of Buffalo. He graduated with high thesis honors from UB Medical School in 1962.

Dr. Gerbasi completed his internship and residency at Buffalo General Hospital in 1966, then was a captain in the Army Medical Corps from 1966 to 1968, serving in Vietnam at a field hospital at Nha Trang.

Returning from service, he was director of transplant surgery at ECMC from 1969 to 2004 and an assistant professor of surgery at the UB Medical School from 1969 to 1977, then became a clinical associate professor of surgery.

He founded Surgical Associates of Western New York in 1976 and continued to practice until 2014.

Dr. Gerbasi was a founding member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Artificial Internal Organs, and national and local medical societies.

He served on the board of directors of Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS) from its inception in 1995 and received its Gift of Life Award in 2000.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Joan Kennedy; two sons, Patrick and Kenneth; two daughters, Diana Izydorzak and Lynda Schmidt; two brothers, Ross and Robert; a sister, Patricia Sosnowski; and eight grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 520 Oakwood Ave., East Aurora.

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