Dr. Robert L. Bree

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Dr. Robert L. BREE Born in Philadelphia, Oct 25, 1943, to parents Max and Esther Bree, Robert died on September 1, 2010. An internationally respected physician and Professor of Radiology at the University of Washington, he was well known for his innovation and expertise in Ultrasound technology. He grew up in Nutley, NJ and Ann Arbor, MI and earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1966. That same year, he met and married Jacqueline Salmon, maintaining a remarkable partnership that lasted nearly 44 years. Bob spent a decade at Beaumont Hospital in Detroit, before joining the University of Michigan Hospital as a professor and Director of Ultrasound. Many of the articles he wrote during this time are still considered landmark in the field of Ultrasound today. Bob was Chairman of Radiology at the University of Missouri before moving to Seattle to be closer to his family. He joined the faculty of the University of Washington as professor and physician at Harborview. Bob also served as the Medical Director at HealthHelp, working to establish guidelines for imaging utilization. Through work with the Washington State Healthcare Commission, he was critical in passing the landmark "Advanced Imaging Management" (AIM) legislation in Washington State. This legislation, among the first of its kind, was designed to ensure appropriate utilization of imaging procedures, and ultimately reduce medical costs. Bob's reputation and leadership in the field of radiology was unmatched. In his personal life, Bob was an avid traveler, and with his wife, he visited nearly every continent. A passionate fan of University of Michigan sports, Bob rarely missed a football game. He loved skiing, sailing, hiking. Bob was devoted to his family, including his beloved wife, Jacki, his children, Carrie Rose and Dan Bree, and his grandchildren, Gabrielle Rose and Ben Rose. A pillar of strength for his family, he also cared for his parents, both of whom survive him. Memorial service is Sunday, Sept 5 at Temple Kol HaNeshamah 6115 SW Hinds St in West Seattle. Burial following at Forest Lawn Cemetery in West Seattle. Send donations to Kol HaNeshamah Temple.
Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 5, 2010
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