Eugene Philip Salvati, MD, FASCRS
We are sad to report the passing of a long-time friend and ASCRS Fellow, Dr. Eugene Philip Salviti, who passed away on Dec. 8 at the age of 93. Dr. Salvati was an ASCRS Fellow since 1962, served as President of the organization from 1985-86 and regularly attended the Society's Annual Meetings. He will be greatly missed.
Dr. Salvati was born in Pursglove, WV in 1923. He attended the West Virginia School of Medicine and the University of Maryland and received his MD degree in 1947. He completed his internship at Muhlenberg Hospital in Plainfield, NJ, and surgical residencies in Indiana at St. Vincent's Hospital, VA Hospital, and Indiana University Medical Center. He then completed his colon and rectal surgery training in 1956 at Allentown Hospital in Allentown, PA and quickly became certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. Dr. Salvati practiced in New Jersey and served as the Program Director at UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson. He was preceded in death by his wife Laura who passed away in 2000.
A Remembrance for Eugene Salvati from Dr. Philip Gordon:
With the passing of Gene Salvati, so passes an entire era of colon and rectal surgery. His diminutive physical stature was never overshadowed by his booming, powerful, easily recognizable and unmistakable voice. His articulate comments at national meetings never went unnoticed. He leaves a legacy of countless fellows he trained, numerous scientific publications and major contributions to the Board and Society. We have lost a friend, a colleague and a master surgeon. I feel a particular deep sense of loss of a treasured friend because of our close personal relationship and feel indebted to him in many ways. His devout religious beliefs always acted as a guiding beacon in his life. At the Salvati Dinner and reception afterwards, he held court until late in the evening and indeed into the wee hours of the morning, where he outlasted surgeons many decades younger. He was a very special man with a heart of gold. He will truly be missed by all and the ASCRS Annual Scientific Meeting will not be the same without him. RIP sweet Gene.
A Remembrance for Eugene Salvati from Dr. Gerald Marks:
May Eugene Salvati's soul Rest in Peace. Gene was a pioneering warrior, who helped to establish the position of colorectal surgery within the regional, national and international surgical communities with fierce determination. Anything less than his bold resolve in those transitional years through the 1950s and 1960s might well have led to a failure to define the discipline of colorectal surgery as we proudly know and enjoy the specialty today. We shall be forever grateful for his unique style of leadership, his protective commitment to education and his fundamental goodness. Gene, we love you and will remember you with fondness. You will live forever in the collective hearts of the colorectal surgical world.
A Remembrance for Eugene Salvati from Dr. Robert Fry:
With the passing of Eugene Salvati, our specialty has lost a guiding spirit. To recite his leadership activities in the Society, the Board and the specialty would almost trivialize the special place he held in the hearts of his pupils, colleagues and friends. Over the years, we could anticipate the glint in his eye, the boom of his voice, the warmth of his smile and the humor of his greeting that made each meeting special. The ravages of time caused him to attend the most recent formal meeting of the Board with the aid of a walker. That gathering provided a venue for his many friends to make informal pilgrimage to his table, to bask in the warmth of his fellowship and to marvel at the broken body of the surgeon that could not contain the magnificent spirit of the man. God has other plans for Gene now, but we were blessed to have him with us for a time.
A Remembrance for Eugene Salvati from Dr. Jan Rakinic:
So sorry to receive this news. Gene was a friend and mentor, to me as to so many others.
A Remembrance for Eugene Salvati from Dr. Michael Stamos:
His departure leaves a huge void in our Society. In particular, his late evening get-togethers and his constant presence and leadership at the business meeting or indelible memories of his impact.
A Remembrance for Eugene Salvati from Dr. Anthony Senagore:
One of the giants. He will be missed.
A Remembrance for Eugene Salvati from Dr. Patricia Roberts:
A giant in our field. We will miss his wisdom and sage counsel.
A Remembrance for Eugene Salvati from Dr. David Schoetz:
With all that can and will be said about Gene and his unparalleled career as a colon and rectal surgeon, many of us have been privileged to become part of his ‘non-medical’ life. His enjoyment of his family and friends knew no limits and his pride in all of them was extraordinary and exemplary; we should all genuinely enjoy life to the extent that he did. He has personally been the consummate friend and teacher (of fishing and life). We are all better for knowing him and can never forget him.
A Remembrance for Eugene Salvati from Dr. David Rothenberger:
Gene was such a genuine person who lived a full and happy life. It will seem strange not to hear his voice, enjoy a story or share a memory with him.
A Remembrance for Eugene Salvati from Dr. Bruce Orkin:
Truly a sad day. One of the giants (regardless of height). A friend, mentor and role model.
A Remembrance for Eugene Salvati from Dr. Julio Garcia-Aguilar:
Sad news. A giant in our field.