Doreen L. DiPasquale
1952 - 2014
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DiPasquale, Doreen L. SAN DIEGO -- Doreen Lynn DiPasquale, MD, "D", passed away January 7, 2014 unexpectedly in her sleep while recuperating at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, CA. Doreen was born on August 26, 1952 in Detroit, MI, the first of three children of Marlene and Richard A. DiPasquale. She is survived by her mother Marlene Zdral, brother Richard M. DiPasquale and, sister Pamela A. DiPasquale Lehnerz. Doreen was preceded in death by her loving husband, George Cierny III, MD who passed away tragically from pancreatic cancer last year. Doreen attended school in the Detroit area, and was a competitive and synchronized swimmer and on the homecoming court at Bloomfield Hills Lahser High School. She attended the Henry Ford School of Nursing and was an R.N. for 5 years in MI, WA, and VA before enrolling at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She completed her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees, with Academic Honors, at G. W. in 1985. Doreen did her residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the university and became Senior Attending Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington Hospital as well as Residency Director and Assistant Professor at G. W. and Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Doreen left in 2003 to become a Consultant MD, Resurgen's Orthopaedics and St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, GA where she met the love of her life, George Cierny III, MD. After training on Ilizarov Method of Osteosynthesis and Traumatology in Kurgan, Russia and Lecco Italy, Doreen became a pioneer of the method and was recognized as a leader in her field, lecturing at various symposiums around the world. She also conducted extensive clinical research and published numerous original articles and book chapters on topics related to musculoskeletal infection, extremity injury, and limb salvage. Doreen served as president of the Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Society and was active in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Musculoskeletal Infection Society of North America, The Western Trauma Association, and The European Bone and Joint Infection Society. George and Doreen established a private practice together in San Diego in 2006 and were very successful helping people with extremely complicated surgical and infection issues, utilizing their unique and world-renowned Orthopaedic skills. Doreen was a brilliant educator and excellent mentor to medical students, residents, nurses, physicians, and patients. Working with Doreen in the clinic or hospital was always a pleasure. In addition to providing extraordinary care to her patients, one quickly learned that she possessed a wonderful wit as well as a wide fund of knowledge about many other aspects of life, making her an enjoyable colleague even when subjects were not purely medically focused. Doreen enjoyed travelling and was also a student of art most of her life, becoming an accomplished Oil and Acrylic artist and member of the La Jolla Art Association where her paintings have been on exhibit from time to time since 2009. Donations in Doreen's memory can be made to Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 7669 Girard Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037 or the Cierny Infection Fund, to continue the work by Dr. Cierny to fund research benefitting patients with musculoskeletal infections at

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Feb. 2, 2014.
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October 26, 2020
Dr. D. i have been thinking about you and where had you gone. I thank you for taking care of me, one Dr. said they didn't know if they could save my arm . they was going to bring a surgery whom might could fix me and you did. very compassion, calm. i am very sad to find this heartfelt reading. my condolence to your family.God bless
your family the Loss of a precious Gem. Geraldine Beale

geraldine beale
May 9, 2020
Dr. DiPasquale helped me through a very tough few years with an Ilizarov when they were at St. Joseph's. I kept touch with her and Dr. Cierny for a few years hence. I am very saddened by losing both of them. I have so many memories of her. "Looks like we have a project here," she said with a grin, after examining me the first time. I knew I was in good hands. She had the best bedside manner, so comforting and confident, always keeping my spirits up with her light humor.
Joseph Talafous
August 15, 2019
Dr D did surgery on me during her time in DC. I randomly googled her name, wondering what she was up to all these years later. I am sad to see she has passed, but let this be a reminder of the impact she made on many lives. I remember her having a good bedside manor, and just that she was dedicated to helping people. I remember she worked trauma at the DC hospital, and helped people with major injuries from things like car accidents and shootings. She was a "boss" in her field. Thanks Dr D for all you did!
Mike Voss
July 15, 2017
I knew Doreen in medical school, residency and for a time shortly thereafter. She was passionate, incredibly dedicated and strong willed. She cared for her patients and friends before herself. She was dedicated to making the lives of others better in whatever manner she could manage. Who could ask for more from any person? We should all be so giving. I miss you and love you. I will to see you again. You are always in my heart.
John Loftus
April 3, 2017
I am deeply saddened by Dr D death. She was the surgeon who performed my first knee surgery at Washington Hospital. She was a good doctor who calmed all of my anxiety of my first knee surgery. I just found out about her passing. I am a now retired police officer in DC. May she rest in heavenlypeace.
May 5, 2015
I am shocked and saddened to hear of this news. I decided to google Dr. DiPasquale today (5/5/15) to find contact information for her, so I could send an email THANK YOU to her for helping me when I was 16. I know she probably wouldn't have remembered me, I was one of many patients, but I will NEVER forget her. I met her in 1993/1994 at Washington Hospital Center. I was only 16 years old and had been hit by a car, resulting in a mulitiple compound fracture of my left leg. The first corrective surgery I had failed and Dr. DiPasquale installed the inhibitor that corrected the problem and I will always be grateful for her. She was a quiet but excellent doctor! I distinctly remember joking with her during one of my office visits, asking her why she always looked so serious and that was the first time I saw her smile. She was an excellent doctor, I am so sorry for this loss. -Myiah Robinson
Myiah Robinson
April 22, 2015
Two tragic losses to humanity. The world is a brighter place for having them, but darker that they're gone. See you later my dear friends.
April 18, 2015
My wife and I are heartbroken of the passing of Dr. Dipasquale. She was an incredible doctor and person that cared for me at the Washington Hospital Center July 26, 1997 for 6 weeks inpatient. She saved my leg, where other doctors would have not. We love you and will miss you Doreen!
Gregory Edwards
April 18, 2015
I will never forget your compassison, kindness, and determination to save my leg at the Washington Hospital Center. My wife and I love you!
Gregory Edwards
December 15, 2014
Unbelievable loss, two of the most heartfelt, diligent, intelligent, sweethearted people I have ever met. Dr. C was an angel sent from heaven, seeing me after four botched surgeries, and basically giving my life back to me. Doreen was an amazing light in his life and I could feel her presence, while in Dr. C's care. God bless! I see you smiling down on us all...
Peter Nez
November 17, 2014
Thank you Dr D, you saved my life! I'll never forget you.
October 18, 2014
Back in 1999 she saved my sons leg from being amputated after a motorcycle accident. Two other doctors had given up and were ready to amputate after infection set in. She looked at it and said "We can fix problem." Six months later my son was walking on the leg that was supposed to be amputated. God bless Dr.D, and may he hold her in his arms forever.
August 19, 2014
I just learn about Dr Dipasquale & Dr Cierny's passing. They were tremendous people, they saved my arm and my life. I'm heartbroken...
Steven Whinery
April 24, 2014
So very sorry to hear of this loss - she brought so much joy to George, as he did to her - they shared a tremendous love of life and a genuine love for each other - they were a great team, and did so much good for so many patients with very difficult orthopaedic conditions - a beautiful woman, a gentle soul, passionate about the care of her patients - she will be missed by so many of us!
Kevin Tetsworth
April 24, 2014
George and Doreen in Istanbul 2004
Kevin Tetsworth
March 16, 2014
Doreen was like a guardian angel for me while rotating through the Washington Hospital Center many years ago.. I always hoped that our paths would cross again. I am so very saddened to hear of her passing. My family will remember her in our prayers.
Daniel Gaccione MD
March 16, 2014
Just learned of Dr. D's passing, many condolences to her family. She was on of my instructors at GW back in the late 90's. She was a dedicated teacher and mentor and she will be missed.
C.Spath, MD
February 24, 2014
Dr. D took over my husband's care after George's passing. They were a great team! Dr. D was very kind and focused on her patients' needs above her own. Her patients and the medical world have lost a wealth of knowledge and compassion.
February 22, 2014
February 5, 2014
So sorry to learn of the loss of Doreen. We knew you when you were born in Michigan. Your parents were dear friends of ours until we moved to Del mar, ca. Their hearts must be broken. Sincerely, Jerry and Connie Judge
February 4, 2014
A beautiful woman with a beautiful heart. Your nursing team on 4North at Sharp Memorial will always remember you fondly. We are happy to see you are together again with your beloved.
Meredith Nevin
February 4, 2014
"The Dream Team"
Brett Rothman
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