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ROSE, Burton David "Bud" MD Founder Of UpToDate Dies At 77 Died on April 24, 2020 from Alzheimer's disease complicated by the COVID-19 virus; he was 77. He was a passionate educator, a brilliant kidney specialist, an author of medical textbooks with a gift for presenting complex topics with simplicity, and a humble entrepreneur who founded a resource tool, UpToDate, which transformed the practice of medicine around the world. Bud was born in Brooklyn, NY on November 19, 1942 to Sam and Edith Rose. He and his younger brother, Stephen, enjoyed playing sports together: stickball, sock ball, and any other ballgame they could think up. Bud went to Princeton, where he majored in History and thrived in its expansive academic environment. He returned to New York for medical school, attending NYU, where he and a group of medical students lobbied for, and got, a basketball court overlooking the East River. During his medical residency in 1970, Bud met Gloria Epstein on a blind date; she was a social work student at NYU. Bud would tell the story of their meeting for the next 40-plus years, always wanting to share that he fell in love with Gloria the moment he saw her at his apartment door. Indeed, their love endured for 50 years, during which time they raised three children, built a business together, traveled the world, and shared the New York Times crossword puzzle every week. After serving in the US Navy for two years as a nephrologist, Bud moved with Gloria to Wellesley, MA, where they raised their children and Bud, an ardent sports fan, adopted the Celtics and Red Sox as his hometown teams. Their lives were enriched by sharing novels, spending time outdoors — including horseback riding in Colorado, which was an unexpected love for an NYC native — friendships, and a wonderful community in Wellesley, especially Temple Beth Elohim. Bud's tremendous career spanned positions at University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Harvard Medical School. He absolutely loved his work, the people with whom he collaborated, and the pursuit of improving medical care and access. Bud is survived by Gloria; his brother and sister-in-law Stephen Jay Rose and Christina Cerna of Washington, DC; his daughter Emily Rose of Minnetonka, MN and her daughters, Noa and Maya Mor, and their father, Allon Mor; his daughter and son-in-law Anne and Andy Moller of Brookline, MA and their children, Tobey and Skye; and his son and daughter-in-law Daniel and Lindsay Rose of Chattanooga, TN and their son, Ridge. Bud adored his family and taught them how to play gin rummy, ping-pong, and his favorite sport, tennis. Bud also leaves his companion and friend Robert Lubega, who helped him navigate the shoals of Alzheimer's disease. The Memorial Service will be private, and there will be no shiva due to the coronavirus. A celebration of Bud's life will be held when it is safe to gather. Remember Bud's radiant smile, optimism, and kindness, and you will remember his essence. Brezniak-Rodman Funeral Directors Newton, MA 02465

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April 21, 2021
Thank you to all who noted Bud's passing, and remember him with affection; we miss him terribly, and hold his love in our hearts.
Gloria Rose
April 19, 2021
Bud was a wonderful guy and Gloria is equally as wonderful. I think of them often and remember how much fun I had hiking with them in New Mexico. I have no doubt the world is a better place for having had Bud in the medical field with Gloria at his side. May he fly with the angels. I love you, Gloria. ♥
Mary Blennerhassett
September 6, 2020
I was Buddy's other roomate (actually suitemate) for our last two years at Princeton. We were born the same year (1942), I had lived in Forest Hills next to Queens, we played and loved sports but were both less than varsity material, and, looking back, I think we were both immature even for our ages at the time. We were different but also very much alike in many ways. I had always intended to catch up with Buddy at some point - but that was almost sixty years ago. Very sadden to hear this news. Can't imagine a brain like Bud's being susceptible to Alzheimers. Atmore Baggot '63 (Atmore1@hotmail.com).
Atmore Baggot
July 20, 2020
Buddy, as he was known then, was my close buddy at Princeton from 1959-63. I was, and am, a Californian; he introduced to the part of New York that wasn't Midtown Manhattan. I'd only seen him once in the last half century, but he hadn't changed a whit. The world, and I, will miss him.
Larry Hill
June 22, 2020

June 21, 2020
I met Bud and Gloria on a hiking trip in New Mexico. I immediately struck up a friendship with both of them and loved being in their company. Bud was a very kind man who enjoyed talking about his wife, his work and his family. I've thought about him often through the years since our trip. He and Gloria are unforgettable, and I am very happy to have known them. May he Rest in Peace with the Angels.
Mary Michael Blennerhassett
June 11, 2020
Enjoyed hosting him in Lancaster PA
where a baseball board game had been produced Burt had played as
a boy.
Laurence Carroll MD FASN FNKF
June 11, 2020
Enjoyed hosting him in Lancaster PA
where a baseball board game had been produced Burt had played as
a boy.
Laurence Carroll MD FASN FNKF
June 6, 2020
Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I did a one month nephrology rotation as medicine resident with Dr. Rose when he was at the Memorial Hospital in Worcester in 1978. I was very impressed with his knowledge and his ability to teach. We would end rounds in the library where we reviewed journals and jotted notes in cards not realizing that we were participating in the origins of Up to Date. I am a nephrologist today because of Dr. Rose. He was very kind to pick up the phone and call Dr. Gulyassy at UC Davis to give a verbal recommendation for me. With a twinkle in his eyes and a broad smile on his face he told me that he had to lie through his teeth so that I'd get the Fellowship. Thanks to his teaching and kindness I am an academic nephrologist and my son has followed in my footsteps. Dr. Rose's legacy lives on. I am eternally grateful to him.
Ken Abreo
May 7, 2020
The best teacher I ever had and a great ball upfake on the bball court.
Go Tiger! Oh what a lucky man he was!
Wille Pitts
May 4, 2020
I was sorry to hear this news. Bud and i spent lots of time together earlier in our lives. It is no surprise to me that he became as well respected and loved by all who were lucky to know him. Please accept my sincerest condolences. Bonnie Chajet
Bonnie Chajet
May 2, 2020
Albert Bodt
I had the privilege of knowing Dr. Rose, having met him several times at Nephrology Board prep courses he ran, and being one of the "charter" subscribers to his opus deus,"UptoDate", which I still use today, after 31 years, even though I am now retired.
Dr. Rose, was my mentor of sorts. His books on Nephrology and Renal Physiology were integral in my training during Fellowship at UCLA. He was not only a wonderful teacher and colleague, but a kind gentleman. I was shocked by his passing, as he was in such great health, last I saw him. admittedly several years ago. He will be missed by all that knew him.
May 2, 2020
A wonderful teacher! Will miss him.
Le Bon Mot
April 30, 2020
Master teacher with unique ability to simplify complex material.. Thank you From a grateful student.
Zia Kidwai
April 30, 2020
Dear Gloria,
My heart is full with gratitude, I am soon graduating nursing school through Dr. Rose Burton's scholarship program. I will forever be grateful to him, and his kindness. I was blessed to meet a kind, gentle soul. May God give your family comfort during this trying moment.
Rebecca Achieng
April 29, 2020
Dear Gloria
I was so sad to hear of Bud passing. He was always so approachable and kind when I would see him. It was a privilege to meet him and I will think of him every time I refer to uptodate.
Your grace and strength naviagating the Alzheimer journey was inspirational.
May the memories of the good times you all shared be sustaining to you and your family.
Lynn, daughter of Lennie Grush
Lynn Grush
April 28, 2020
Hello, my name is Landi Lowell, I am a physician in Gillette, Wyoming. We have never met, and I did not know Dr. Rose personally. However, thanks to his invention of the UpToDate computer program, I owe him (and you, his family) a debt of gratitude. I have used UpToDate since I was in medical school in 1995, and through residency. I have been a doctor now for over 20 years and still, I use this program daily. It makes me a better clinician.
My deepest sympathies to you in this very sad time. Please know that Dr. Rose improved the lives of countless doctors and their patients. I will think of him often.
So sorry for your loss.
Landi Lowell, MD
Adult Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Gillette, Wyoming
Landi Lowell
April 28, 2020
Dear Gloria,

Please accept my deepest condolences.

I was incredibly saddened to learn of Buds passing away. What a clear thinker and visionary! His contribution to the world of medicine and to saving lives will live on in posterity. And, thank you for the role that you played in all this. I knew how much he relied on your acumen in steering the UpToDate story forward.

Warmest regards,


Vikas Sukhatme
April 27, 2020
Gloria and Family. I was a patient of Bud's, first at St Vincent's and I followed him to the Brigham and BI. He was a great Doctor and explained everything so well. I can't believe how many thousands of people he has touched through his teaching, lectures, books and Up to date. I know is is playing tennis now where ever he may be.
Jeanne Lynch
April 27, 2020
Dear Gloria - This is Michael Rudnick. It has been a while since we were all together having dinner in Boston at Bud's Nephrology review course. My deepest condolences. I will always cherish my relationship with Bud and will miss him very much. He was special.
Michael Rudnick
April 27, 2020
My thoughts are with Buds family during this heartbreaking moment. Although we were acquainted through a mutual friend, when we would meet, Bud always had a twinkle in his eye and a humorous take on things. Im sure his friends and family mourn his presence. With sympathy, Petra
Petra Nicholson
April 27, 2020
I know Dr. Rose only peripherally during my residency at Beth Israel. I remember his excitement about his early work on UpToDate, which has become the leading source of reliable medical information for doctors. His ideas seemed a bit farfetched to many, but in fact his vision was exactly on target, and his work has resulted in better medical care for many thousands of patients, just as he had hoped it would. He is not a household name, but in fact he is one of the most influential physicians of the last several decades. We are forever indebted to him.
Jonathan Blum
April 26, 2020
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April 26, 2020
Dearest Emily, your father was a precious gift not only to your family but to all those whom he served with his caring and talents. I am so sorry for your loss. With love, Sue DiGiandomenico.
Sue DiGiandomenico
April 26, 2020
Dear Gloria and Family,

I am sorry for your loss but I know I am one of thousands of Bud's fans. I met him as a medical student and resident in the late 70s and his impact on me has been lifelong. He was an amazing teacher and mentor. I remember when he was talking about UptoDate when it was a concept but to realize now that I witnessed one of the most impactful transformations in medicine is incredible. I am a better doctor because of Dr. Rose and consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to have known him.

Thank you, Bud.

Paul Clark MD

Concord, NH
April 26, 2020
To Bud's family and friends, I was so sorry to learn of his passing. Bud was a mentor when I trained in nephrology many years ago at the Brigham. All of the fellows in my time recognized his unmatched clinical skills and passion for teaching. People like Bud leave a lasting impression on young minds that we never forget. He truly was a unique and brilliant man. The world is diminished by his passing.
Lance Dworkin
April 26, 2020
Gloria. we send our most heartfelt and sincere condolences to you and your family. Carol & Leo Pessin.
carol & Leo pessin
April 26, 2020
Dear Gloria and Family,
We were very sorry to hear of the loss of Bud. Although we haven't seen you in many years, we have good memories of sharing times together when we lived in Boston. We fondly remember being taken to the basement to see the beginnings of up to date, and to think of what it has since become.
Our thoughts are with you and we hope the coming days are better ones.
Judy and Roger Platt
New York City
April 25, 2020
I will miss the sweetness and warmth of a man I barely knew but, he left an imprint on me.
with affection,
audrey sandler foster
audrey foster
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