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Age 54, of Pittsburgh, unexpectedly passed away on May 8, 2017. He is survived by his daughter, Katerina (Sydney, Australia); son, Jakub (Minneapolis, Minnesota); his mother, Dr. Marcela Nemcova (Prague, Czech Republic); and a legion of colleagues, devoted patients, and friends. He also leaves behind his chocolate Labrador, and longtime companion, Med. Dr. Nemec was a dedicated physician, an intellectual, a champion of social justice, and a loving father. An Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, Dr. Nemec was an internationally recognized expert in the subspecialty of Electrophysiology in Cardiology. Beloved by his patients for the careful and dedicated clinical care he delivered, Dr. Nemec remained active and recognized for his research throughout his career. He was especially focused on inherited disorders of the heart rhythm and channel mutations. Dr. Nemec was born in Prague, of then communist Czechoslovakia, on November 7, 1962. He obtained his medical degree from the Charles University School of Medicine in the Czech Republic. After completing his medical residency in the District Hospital in the Czech Republic, he came to the United States to complete another residency in internal medicine, fellowship in cardiology and Electrophysiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He was recruited to UPMC in 2006 where he embarked on a very productive career as an academic physician. In addition to his research and clinical care, Dr. Nemec was a dedicated teacher and was awarded Edward I Curtiss Memorial Teaching Award in 2007. Alarmed by the injustices he witnessed and experienced as a child and young adult in a communist state, Dr. Nemec remained dedicated to the cause of social justice throughout his adult life. He donated countless hours during his vacations and personal wealth to serve the most underserved populations throughout the world in their fight against poverty, disease, and war. Jan will be dearly missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and patients. Friends will be received at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC., (freyvogelfuneralhome.com) 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street, Pittsburgh, PA (412-621-1665), on Monday May 15, 2017, from 3-5 p.m. and followed by a memorial service at 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Doctors Without Borders in honor of Dr. Jan Nemec. http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from May 14 to May 15, 2017.
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April 18, 2018
I'm so sorry to hear of Jan's passing (and a year late!). We trained together in Rochester, MN, from 1993-2000. I remember Jan well for always going the extra mile in patient care, and for connecting with him over the fact that we were both from Europe. Unfortunately, we completely lost touch after Jan left for the Twin Cities.
Tom Gerber
September 28, 2017
Dr.Nemec - Was a wonderful person and Doctor . I am truly sad by his loss Dr.Nemec was so caring he will be missed .
vanessa kocher
June 15, 2017
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family!! Dr . Nemic was an incredible doctor. He was responsible for saving my life. When I was in fear of what was going on with my body, he always made sure I knew that I was in good hands. 2 ablations later my life is back to normal. I was so grateful to him and just compassion and care that he showed. He will be missed!!
June 7, 2017
Debbie Mason
June 7, 2017
Dr. Nemec was my Mothers heart DR.. He was so humble and kind.. I'm so saddened to hear of his passing.. We lost a outstanding Dr in the Pittsburgh area..He was loved by our family.. Debbie Mason & Lillian Komacko and Family. My MOM REALLY LOVED HIM..
Debbie Mason
June 6, 2017
Thank you to all who have written their condolences. On behalf of my family, I thank you for all of your kind words. If you would like to add additional comments or share your stories about Jan, please feel free to contact me at katerina.nemcova@student.uts.edu.au , I would love to hear more about my father's life, work and the people he touched. We will create a memorial website with these stories and comments.

With many thanks,

Jan's daughter
June 5, 2017
I just found out that he past away today in a letter from UPMC heart & Vascular & I am in shock & sadden over this.He was a marvelous physican & human being,he saved my life and gave me strength and stamina back with 3 ablations & just in March he put in my pacmacker I am going to miss him very much,my sincere condolences to his family and colleagues.
Rchard & Sandra Conlon
June 3, 2017
RIP Dr. Nemec
June 2, 2017
Dr. Nemec was one of the smartest most patient physicians I've ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with. His knowledge was vast, his kindness was endless, and the time he spent with his patients was never rushed. His passing is an absolute shock. He will be very missed.

To his children, your father was the very best physician. He never became annoyed when we paged him,...no matter the time. Even if it was a mistake, he would try to help staff figure things out from his end. As smart as he was, he never made those with less knowledge feel inferior; he freely shared what he knew. He was an amazing educator to both patients and staff alike. My deepest condolences to your family at this very difficult time. I will keep you all in my prayers.
a coworker
May 31, 2017
Dr Jan Nemec was a caring doctor who took the time to explain any procedure before he did it . Because of him my husband is with me today we will forever miss him . Prayers to his family. He will be greatly missed. My husband and myself were so sad . Heaven gained a beautiful angel.
Robert and Leigh Yatsko
May 31, 2017
Srikanth Seethala
May 31, 2017
I will miss you. I am going to be an electrophysiologist because of you.
Srikanth Seethals
May 27, 2017
A caring Doctor who went out of way to explain the details of my heart issues. He also liked to talk to me in Slovak.
Peter Mulik
May 22, 2017
Just heard of his death today. He was my cardiologist and I loved him. He changed my life for the better and gave me my strength and stamina back. When I would see him for my annual checkup, I would call him "My Hero". I will miss him tremendously. He was a marvelous physician. My sincere condolences to his family and colleagues.
Alan Lefcort
May 19, 2017
Sympathy to family, A great doctor and human being.I will miss him.u
Kay Chemsak
May 19, 2017
Sympathy to the Family. We just heard about His death. He was my Husband's Doctor. R.D.Smith
May 18, 2017
Condolences to the family!! I worked at the Uniontown office with Dr Nemec. His intelligence was beyond my grasp. He will be sincerely missed
Tammy D'Eletto
May 17, 2017
May God be with you always to sooth your aching heart. My prayers are with you.
May 16, 2017
My husband and I wold like to extend our deepest sympathy to Dr Nemec's family.
He was my husband's doctor and was always very patient and kind. He was never rushed and made sure he took the time to answer and questions we ha.
He was a wonderful doctor and a good man. May he rest in peace. God bless you Dr. Nemec.
May 15, 2017
He was a good man. Sad he is gone
Joyce BVanhulten
May 15, 2017
Dr. Nemec and I shared many conversations in the Electrophysiology office suite before I retired in 2015. He always had a smile for me. It was part of my job to ask if he wanted to upgrade his flip phone to an iPhone but he was happy with the older technology; that was in keeping with his old-world charm. His research and relationships with patients are well-known and he was an icon in the Heart and Vascular Institute. He will be missed. My condolences to the family and friends.
Adrienne Weiss
May 15, 2017
Dr. Nemec was very kind and I enjoyed working with him. His passing is shocking and sad. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and patients.
With sympathy,
Christina Smith CRNA
May 15, 2017
I've only had the pleasure of knowing you for such a short time but during that time I appreciate your service as my doctor. My condolence to your family, staff, and the lives of others you have touched. Prayers of comfort and strength during this difficult time.
Shawnel C
May 15, 2017
Isaiah25:8 tells us he God will swallow up death forever.
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