Maurice Galante

Dr. Maurice Galante A renowned surgeon at UCSF for over 50 years, gently passed away at his home on February 5, 2013 surrounded by his family.
Born on the island of Rhodes (then Italy) in 1919, he emigrated to the United States where he eventually found his home in San Francisco. He settled two blocks from UCSF where he dedicated his life to the health and wellbeing of others. Maurice was regarded as "one of the last generation of real 'general' surgeons," those who mastered a broad range of medical specialties and superb technical expertise. His skill, charismatic personality and intellect were the foundation for a prolific medical career.
As he was dedicated to his individual patients, Dr. Galante was also committed to securing the ability to advance research and shared knowledge in perpetuity. Dr. Galante was integral in the establishment of the Maurice Galante, MD Distinguished Professorship, the Maurice Galante, MD Lectureship Series and the Maurice Galante, MD Research Fund in the Department of Surgery at UCSF. The many people whose lives he touched helped to fund these important funds. This year marks the 16th anniversary of the Maurice Galante, MD Lectureship Series and featured Malcolm Gladwell as it celebrates intellectual exchange outside of medicine.
Dr. Galante is survived by his devoted family, wife Patricia, children Philip, Michel and Danielle, daughters-in-law Lori (Birnbaum) Galante and Carol (McGonnell) Galante, and grandchildren, Ondine and Lily.
A memorial service to celebrate Dr. Galante's life will be held on Friday, March 8 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at UCSF's Parnassus Heights Campus in the Golden Gate Room, Millberry Union, 500 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that individuals consider making a donation to Maurice Galante, MD, Research Fund at UCSF. Donations can be made online at or via check, made payable to the UCSF Foundation and including "Maurice Galante, MD, Research Fund" in the memo line. Donations can be sent to Regan Botsford, 220 Montgomery Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104. Regan can also be reached at 415.502.1573 or
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 3, 2013