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Dr.  George CIERNY III Obituary

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CIERNY III, Dr. George 12-12-47 to 6-24-13 George Cierny III, MD of San Diego, California passed away June 24, 2013 after a difficult battle with pancreatic cancer. George was born on December 12, 1947, in San Diego, California, the second of two children of George W. and Sylvia J. Cierny. He is survived by his wife, Doreen DiPasquale MD, his sister Carol Cierny Bird, his four children: Bennett Cierny MD, Alec Cierny Esq., Sylvie McDonald and Tessa Beers, and his three grandchildren, Sipsey and Cahaba McDonald and Jackson Cierny. George served as president of the Musculoskeletal Infection Society of North America and was a renowned physician and pioneer of the Cierny-Mader Classification System and Methodology accepted as a scientific standard in the treatment of osteomylelits. He attended the University of California at Berkeley for his Bachelor of Arts and the University of California School of Medicine, Los Angeles for his Doctorate of Medicine. Following a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Texas, Dallas (Parkland Hospital), his education continued with fellowship training in clinical pathology, orthopedic oncology, and the methods of Gabriel Ilizarov. George was an international Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and published over 100 scientific papers and book chapters in the field of musculoskeletal pathology and infection. His dedication to his patients and to the field of orthopedics was paramount to the advancement and understanding of orthopedic infection. George's boundless energy and enthusiasm were also evident in his many hobbies: he was an incredible chef, avid gardener, great dancer, and he loved to surf and ride his bike in the hills of La Jolla. Memorial services will be held privately by his family. The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation has established the "George Cierny III, MD Bone and Joint Musculoskeletal Infection Fund" in his honor. The fund will continue the work of Dr. Cierny by funding researchers investigating the most clinically relevant treatment for patients with musculoskeletal infections. Contributions to the George Cierny III, MD Bone and Joint Musculoskeletal Infection Fund at OREF can be made online at or by mail to OREF/Cierny Fund, 6300 N. River Rd. Suite 700, Rosemont, IL 60018.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 14, 2013
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