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Robert Finberg, MD

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Dr. Robert Finberg, Chair Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School passed away on August 30, 2021.

Robert's accomplished career as a physician, infectious disease researcher, and teacher spanned four decades. He was an internationally renowned physician-scientist and chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School for 21 years. With more than 300 publications and 40 years of continuous NIH funding, Dr. Finberg's research contributed enormously to our understanding of viral receptors and entry to host responses and he was widely recognized as an expert on influenza and Sars-CoV2; he was also awarded research grants from the Department of Defense, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and other agencies. He played a pivotal role in developing, testing, and implementing novel therapies for patients with influenza and SARS-CoV-2 infection. He rose to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, helping lead clinical trials for SARS-CoV-2 therapeutics and vaccines. He was also an ardent public health advocate and served on multiple state and federal committees to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

For more than two decades, Robert skillfully directed the educational, clinical and research activities in the largest academic department at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, all while continuing to care compassionately for patients in the hospital. He proudly served as a member of the Board of Trustees for UMass Memorial Health from 2012 until this past March, sharing his knowledge and expertise with Board members and other leaders to make key decisions for the health system. He was a strong advocate for faculty and staff development, overseeing three residency programs and fellowship training programs in more than 16 specialty and subspecialty areas.

A special endowment has been created for the Dr. Robert Finberg Fund and gifts in memory of Bob can be made payable to the UMass Medical School Foundation and sent to the Office of Advancement, 333 South Street, Shrewsbury, MA, 01545.

Dr. Robert Finberg Fund

Dominic Nompleggi, MD

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Dr. Dominic J. Nompleggi, the Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School passed away on August 27, 2021.

Dom joined the UMass Memorial Medical School and Hospital in 1991 where he was on staff for over 30 years. He served as the Clinical Chief of Gastroenterology until 2004 and then became the Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology for the remainder of his tenure. Professionally, he served on multiple system leadership committees including the UMass Memorial Medical Group Board of Trustees and the Compliance Committee. He was a beloved member of the staff; served as a mentor, educator, clinician, and friend to all. He will be remembered for his calm and inclusive demeanor, his thoughtful leadership, and his ability to make everyone feel special. He loved being a physician and cherished all the moments of his tenure.

A special endowment has been created for the Dr. Dominic Nompleggi Fund and gifts in memory of Dom can be made payable to the UMass Medical School Foundation and sent to the Office of Advancement, 333 South Street, Shrewsbury, MA, 01545. 

Gifts can also be made through the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Dominic J. Nompleggi, MD to support cancer research and patient care at: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284 or online via www.dana-farber.org/gift.

Dr. Dominic Nompleggi Fund