Dr. Damian Augustyn
Dr. Damian Augustyn died peacefully on October 3, 2012 at the age of 60. The beloved son of Joseph Augustyn and Laura Urban Augustyn, Damian is survived by his children Catherine Elizabeth (27) and Damian Alexander (24), his sister Francene Augustyn Newbury (Michael), brother Stephen Augustyn, nephews Joseph and Michael Augustyn, and his mother. Damian was married for 35 years to his beloved wife and best friend Dr. Caroline Craig Augustyn, who died in May.
Dr. Augustyn specialized in internal medicine and gastroenterology in San Francisco. A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Medical School, he completed his training at the University of Colorado and UCSF Medical Centers.
Dr. Augustyn distinguished himself as a leader in his field for 30 years at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), both in the medical community and as a clinician in private practice. He was respected for the compassion, sensitivity, and dedication he showed to his patients and heralded by his peers for his knowledge, clinical skills, and consulting expertise. He was Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at CPMC for 10 years before becoming Chief of the Medical Staff and a member of the Medical Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He served as Managing Partner of Pacific Internal Medicine Associates, as a member of the Boards of Directors of the San Francisco Endoscopy Center, Sutter West Bay Hospitals, and Anthem-Wellpoint-Blue Cross Insurance Company, and as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of a medical malpractice insurance company. In addition, he was recognized as a leading clinician by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), and proudly served as the organization's Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer-Secretary, and member of the Board of Governors and Executive Committee.
Dr. Augustyn was a role model for practitioners throughout his career and was committed to education, serving as Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine. He was well-respected and admired by his colleagues for his wisdom, judgment, and fairness. He was committed to providing love, support, and guidance to his family, friends, and patients and will be remembered for the concern and care he gave to all.
A celebration of his life will be held at Skylawn Memorial Park on Saturday, October 13 at 1:00 p.m. Those wishing to honor him may send donations in his name to California Pacific Medical Foundation, 2015 Steiner, San Francisco, 94115.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 7, 2012