Carmel Bitondo Dyer
{ "" }
Share
Share Carmel's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
Carmel Bitondo Dyer

Carmel Bitondo Dyer passed away on May 4, 2021. She was born in New Jersey to first generation Italian-Americans. Her parents provided excellent parochial school education for her in elementary and high school. They worked hard to support her through college at Stetson University and Physician Assistant School at Baylor College of Medicine. During college she worked as a nursing assistant in long term care facility where she became enamored with the care of older adults.

She was accepted into medical school at Baylor in 1988 and went on to complete Internal Medicine residency and Geriatric Medicine Fellowship also at Baylor. She joined Baylor's faculty and established the Geriatric Program at Ben Taub Hospital. While at Baylor she also established The Elder Abuse and Mistreatment Institute which continues to serve vulnerable older adults across the state of Texas.

In 2007 she was recruited to UTHealth where she established geriatric and palliative programs at Memorial Hermann Hospital, LBJ Hospital and UT Physicians. She served as Chief of Staff at LBJ Hospital well as Executive Vice-chair of Internal Medicine. She loved all her roles as doctor, educator, researcher and administrator. She was passionately devoted to underserved and vulnerable older adults throughout her career.

Carmel is predeceased by her parents Carmela and Salvatore Bitondo. She is survived by her loving siblings Jerene Bitondo, Donna Ahern and Salvatore Bitondo, as well as dear nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her devoted husband James Kimbrough Dyer; his conversion to the Catholic faith was one of her most memorable life events.

Carmel was grateful to her dear friends and colleagues. She was extremely appreciative for the extensive support of Dr. Giuseppe Colasurdo and Dr. David McPherson. The family acknowledges the excellent medical care she received particularly by Dr. Andreea Xavier, Dr. Eduardo Bruera, Dr. Jeffrey Lee and Crossroads Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations sent to: UTHealth, 7000 Fannin, Suite 1200, Houston, TX 77030 benefiting the Carmela and Salvatore Bitondo Graduate Fellowship in Elder Mistreatment. You may also make an online donation: https://giving.uth.edu/memorial or Holy Cross Chapel 905 Main Street Houston, TX 77002 or through online giving at https://holycrosschapel.org/online-donation

Friends and family are cordially invited to a visitation on Sunday, May 9, 2021, from five until eight o'clock in the evening, with a Rosary beginning at seven o'clock, at Bradshaw Carter Funeral Home, 1734 W. Alabama Street in Houston. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, May 10, 2021, at ten o'clock in the morning, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, followed by a private burial.



To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Houston Chronicle on May 8, 2021.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
MAY
9
Visitation
05:00 - 08:00 PM
MAY
10
Memories & Condolences
Not sure what to say?
View Printed Guest Book
21 entries
July 8, 2021
Dr Dyer took care of my dad, George Lyons, who lived at St Dominics. She was beyond superb!!! Kind, caring and knowledgeable to the Nth degree. I have no doubt that she will visit my dad in heaven, hold his hand and check to see that he is doing okay.
Steve Lyons
Work
July 1, 2021
The impact this outstanding geriatric health care educator has had - and will continue to have - on the care of the elderly will extend well beyond her too short life. I am priviledged to be among her many learners/collogues with interest in the area of elder mistreatment and will continue to benefit from her precept and example. My condolences to her family, her patients, and the larger adult protective community in Texas and beyond. Amicus pacis
john heath md
Other
May 14, 2021
I was saddened to hear of Carmel's passing. I worked with her when she founded the Center for Healthy Aging. She was a hard worker who was devoted to her patients. Such devotion and advocacy is uncommon and thus a treasure. I learned a great deal from her and will be forever grateful for having had the privilege to have worked with her. She will be missed.
Mark Wilde
Coworker
May 11, 2021
I am deeply saddened to learn about the loss of such a profoundly compassionate and kind person. Carmel and I worked years ago at Ben Taub and I can never forget her awesome disposition and commitment to her patients and students. She was indeed one of a kind. Humble and unpretentious, she made an enormous difference in the lives she touched. She will be sorely missed, as she was dearly loved and respected by so many.
Sherry Glover, RRT, RCP
Sherry Glover
Coworker
May 11, 2021
The Medical Profession has lost the last of The Best of the Best Physician that Houston ever Produced.

I first met Carmel Bitondo Dyers MD in 1984,when she was PA-C for Dr Feleciano. She had been assigned to me as my preceptor, while I was attending BCM PA Program. Our Italian heritage gave us an immediate connection and her years of exceptional mentoring rapidly developed into a friendship. In fact, The Last Dance I had with my Father was at her Wedding. (See photos) She was a brilliant compassionate clinician even prior to becoming a medical Doctor, having graduated at the top of her class in every one of her educational endeavors. The fact that she became a nationally renowned physician was of no surprise to me. She taught me to love the medical profession and to never forget what a privilege it was to be able to establish the sacred relationship between patient and clinician. Her ethics, compassion, & dedication to quality patient care with a 24/7/352 commitment to the patient has always been what I professionally aspired to practise in my own life long career. I would hope that the Medical Profession resumes making these qualities an essential aspect of the Medical training.
My Heart is broken and heavy with loss; but I know because of her deep religious commitment that she is sitting in the highest position Heaven. (and somehow is continuing in service to humanity)
My sympathies to her siblings, husband and her patients
Candice Pellegrino MPAC, PA-C
Friend
May 10, 2021
I have known Dr. Dyer over 20 years. Her friendship was one of the most important in my life. She saved my father's life on several occasions by diagnosing the exact thing that was wrong or she knew the right person to help him. She was one of the most generous people I have ever met. She was deeply faithful to God and gave him ALL the glory for all her success and deeds. There will never be another Carmel Dyer. Unique. Irreplaceable. Fiercely loyal. Dedicated. One of a Kind. I am a better person for having known her. I will never forget her kindness and compassion. My prayers will remain with her husband and her family. God Bless!
Angela M. Goins
Friend
May 10, 2021
Dr. Dyer was a wonderful mentor and a force to reckon with. She carried herself with such grace and dignity. She worked tirelessly for her patients and advocated for them relentlessly. I will miss her confident smile
Simbo Chiadika
Coworker
May 10, 2021
Group of 10 Memorial Trees
Plant Memorial Trees
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
Kenneth Wu
May 9, 2021
Group of 10 Memorial Trees
Plant Memorial Trees
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
Myla A. Magno and Family
May 9, 2021
Dr. Dyer and I have worked closely together for the past nine years at The Center for Healthy Aging. I had the pleasure of being the nurse manager and assisting in providing care for her hundreds of patients, which she enjoyed so much. But the one thing that she and I truly bonded on was our Spiritually. She was a true servant of the Creator and it reflected in her service and care extended to her patients and their families. Rest peacefully Dr. Dyer.
Faith Young, RN BSN

Faith Young
May 9, 2021

Faith Young
Coworker
May 9, 2021
What a tragic loss of an amazing human being and Physician. Dr. Dyer was instrumental in providing an excellent, quality of life for my ailing mother. Her compassion and insight brought us much comfort as we walked the path of dementia with our mother. As a Nurse, I also knew her to be equally giving to those patients we referred to her. Her legacy will live on forever and I pray she was able to instill her way of practicing medicine to all those around her. Rest in peace.
Bernadette Aguirre
May 9, 2021
What a huge loss for the champions of older persons. She has been a source of inspiration and support for me even at a distance. I will miss her encouragement and bright demeanor. My condolences to her family, friends, and all those whose life she has touched.
Ronan Factora
Friend
May 8, 2021
Eco-Friendly Memorial Trees
Plant Memorial Trees
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
Eva Delossantos
May 7, 2021
Dr. Dyer was a wonderful doctor to both of my parents. She provided them with excellent care and compassion. My father had an LVAD and had a team of doctors concerned with keeping him alive, while Dr. Dyer was concerned with helping him have a life worth living. My mother is convinced that Dr. Dyer not only helped my father have a better quality of life, but actually extended his life under her care. She is a wonderful human being and will be greatly missed by all who came within her circle of influence. I am devastated by her loss, but blessed to have known her. She left this world a better place and I will forever be grateful for her.
Caroline Dozier
Acquaintance
May 7, 2021
She was a lovely human being, who had such sincere empathy and caring. It such a loss for all who were fortunate to know and work with her.
Charise Miltenberger,RN
May 7, 2021
Such sad news and a great loss. Carmel was an inspirational leader and a guiding light for American medicine. One always felt better, more encouraged and committed after any conversation with her. She embodied the idealism and commitment of geriatric professionals. Her legacy will be great and enduring. With deep sympathy to her family, colleagues and friends.
john burton
Acquaintance
May 6, 2021
Working with Carmel Dyer, whether it was with the TEAM Institute, after Hurricane Katrina in the Astrodome on the SWIFT Team, or day to day when I worked in Adult Protective Services cental office, I was always amazed by her vision, competence, leadership skills, and compassion. A brilliant light has gone out in our lives. May the perpetual light shine upon her. My condolences to Jim and all her family. Carmel passing is being mourned all over the country.

Nicolo Antonio Festa
Friend
May 6, 2021
There are no words to express my sadness in the lost of Dr. Dyer. When my mom moved to Texas, Dr. Dyer agreed to be her physician even though she was no longer taking new patients. From the moment the moment they met, they laughed like old friends. That was Dr. Dyer (her laugh was infectious).
You rarely meet people with world renowned credentials who are genuinely “down to earth”! Dr. Dyer was that person. She could be tough, but never malicious. She truly had a love her patients. They could contact her anytime.
I’m so fortunate to have worked, traveled, and had her care for my mom.

Legends live forever...goodnight, Dr. Dryer

Sherry Plummer
Coworker
May 5, 2021
Group of 10 Memorial Trees
Plant Memorial Trees
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
Crossroads Hospice
May 5, 2021
Dr. Dyer- a superhero that donned a white coat instead of a cape. To me, my aging mother, and I know to many others. May her dream and passion of a society that cares for their elderly with compassion, respect and with the expertise of more focused geriatric medicine be realized.
Cheryl Cuzco
Friend
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences