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Ronald M. Reisner


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Ronald M. Reisner Obituary
May 2, 1929 - January 13, 2017 Ron was born in Buffalo, New York and moved to Los Angeles with his parents and sisters at age 10. He attended Dorsey High School and UCLA, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1952 and graduated as a Doctor of Medicine in UCLA's second medical school class in 1956. He completed his internship at UCLA-Harbor Medical Center and his residency at UCLA School of Medicine, where he was the first Chief Resident in Dermatology during 1959-1960. In the ensuing four decades Ron had a distinguished clinical, research, and teaching career. He was a Professor of Medicine/Dermatology at UCLA School of Medicine from 1962-1994, and Professor Emeritus thereafter. He was Chief of the Division of Dermatology at UCLA-Harbor Medical Center from 1962-1973, Chief of the Division of Dermatology at UCLA School of Medicine from 1973-1992, and Chief of the Department of Dermatology at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center from 1977-1997. As a researcher Ron was best known for his work on the causes and treatment of acne. He was an author on over 120 academic publications and gave hundreds of scholarly and public speeches and presentations internationally. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and a member of the Pacific Dermatologic Association and the American Dermatological Association. As Chief of Dermatology at UCLA, Ron built an initially small residency program into one of the nation's best and most prominent. In his later years, Ron was devoted to raising awareness and understanding of Alzheimer's Disease. He and his wife Ellen together faced Ron's affliction with Alzheimer's with honesty and bravery over the course of a 15 year struggle. In spite of the gradual devastation of the disease, Ron retained his scientific outlook, participating actively in the experimental treatments that helped to maintain the quality of his life for years beyond expectations. He also never lost his good humor, love of music, and fundamental concern for the well-being of others. He cared for those who cared for him, providing love and support that will be profoundly missed in the many lives he touched. Ron is survived by his wife Ellen of Los Angeles, sons David (Frankie) of Los Angeles and Andrew (Jessica Pepp) of Uppsala, Sweden, and grandson Spencer. The funeral will be held at Hillside Memorial (http://www.hillsidememorial.org) at 11am on Tuesday 17 January. In place of flowers, the family request that donations be made to OPICA (http://www.opica.org), which made Ron's later years much more joyful.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 17, 2017
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