Gerald Reaven
1928 - 2018
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Dr. Gerald M. Reaven, MD

July 28, 1928 - February 12, 2018

Gerald (Jerry) Mark Reaven, MD of Stanford, CA passed away peacefully on Monday, February 12, 2018, after a short illness.

Often referred to as the "Father of Insulin Resistance," Dr. Gerald Reaven is credited with establishing the importance of insulin resistance in human disease, especially Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A central theme underlying much of his work was that many medical conditions that increase risk for heart disease—such as high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and elevated blood sugar—have a common cause in decreased insulin action (insulin resistance). He named this constellation of conditions "Syndrome X," but its clinical manifestation is most commonly recognized as the Metabolic Syndrome.

Dr. Reaven was a prolific and rigorous researcher. He mentored countless young scientists, resulting in over 800 peer-reviewed papers in collaboration with over 500 investigators. His work revolutionized medicine, opening broad avenues of investigation that continue to bear fruit today. Dr. Reaven's achievements were recognized with numerous prestigious awards, including the William S. Middleton Award from the Veterans Administration, the Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement from the American Diabetes Association, and the Banting Memorial Lecture from the British Diabetes Association.

Dr. Reaven was born in Gary, Indiana, on 28 July, 1928, raised in East Chicago, Indiana, but spent formative years living in Cleveland, Ohio, thus accounting for his lifelong affection/frustration for the Cleveland Indians baseball team. Dr. Reaven completed his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Chicago—then led by Robert M. Hutchins—receiving an education that influenced his thinking for the rest of his life. He did residency training at the University of Michigan, and joined the Stanford University Medical School faculty in the early 1960s. He worked in the Department of Medicine at Stanford University until the end of 2017. He is survived by his wife, fellow scientist Eve Reaven, Stanford CA; daughters Marci and Nancy Reaven, and son Peter Reaven; and their respective families in New York, Los Angeles and Scottsdale.

A memorial educational fund has been established in Dr. Reaven's name to support young scientific investigators. Donations can be made to the Gerald M. Reaven Memorial Research Fund at, or make a check payable to "Stanford University" and send to: Stanford University Development Services, P.O. Box 20466, Stanford, CA 94309-0466. Please note online or on the memo line of the check: "In Memory of Dr. Gerald Reaven."

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Feb. 17 to Feb. 18, 2018.
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May 15, 2019
So crushed to learn that Dr Reaven (I could never manage to call him Gerry) has left us. I was thinking of Dr Reaven today, so many of my patients suddenly popping up with previously undiagnosed PreDM. Because I was lucky enough to have Dr Reaven wander into my Diabetes Center one day-and change my life as we endeavored to launch research into the indigenous Mexican workers of Monterey County-I will always carry a torch for undiagnosed Insulin Resistance. You will always live on in your amazing legacy, but my heart is broken
June 6, 2018
I had the privilege of being Gerry,s post graduated student, a very generous person, great professor and very brilliant mind. My sincerely condolences to Eve and all his family. We lost a giant
May 12, 2018
Dear Eve and family
I had recently been thinking about Gerry and the workplace and decided to check on the computer. I was sorry to see that he had passed early this year. I remember working with all of you for many years.
I am still volunteering at Kaiser in the hospital side twice a week at the age of 86! Still living alone in my home. My condolences to all of you.
Shirley Gray
Shirley Gray
May 1, 2018
I will remember Jerry as a true gentleman, a generous colleague and a wonderful scholar. He will be sorely missed
Stephen G. London
stephen godwin
February 28, 2018
Jerry was consistently thoughtful of others and kind to befriend younger scientists. I'll always remember and appreciate his openness and generosity.
My condolences to Eve and Peter and the rest of the family.
Eliot Brinton
February 27, 2018
My condolences to the Reaven Family for the loss of Gerald Reaven. He was a long time mentor and friend. He will be missed.
Claude Lardinois
February 27, 2018
My condolences to the family. Jerry was my mentor during my Fellowship and I am glad we stayed in touch since then. A dedicated scientist and teacher who could explain the most complicated physiology in elegant, almost-poetic language. We will miss him. Rest in peace.
February 25, 2018
My condolences to the family of Gerald Reaven. I'm very sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you at this difficult time and be comfort by God'sWord in JER.29:11
February 24, 2018
Our sincere sympathy for your loss. May God's comfort be with you all. John 3:16.
February 23, 2018
My condolences to AUNT EVE, PETER, MARCI, AND NANCY.
JERRY WAS MY FIRST COUSIN BECAUSE HIS DAD, Sam REAVEN, was brother of my mom, Sylvia REAVEN Roseman.

Mark Alan Roseman
mark roseman
February 23, 2018
Please accept my expression of sympathy. Gerry was a giant of endocrinology, but mostly I remember him as the teacher who kindled my interest in endocrinology when I was a medical student in 1961, and who always had an encouraging word when we met over the ensuing years. May he rest in peace.
Victor Lavis
February 18, 2018
Sheralee hILL iglehqrt
February 18, 2018
My deepest sympathy go to my neighbor on Tolman Drive, Stanford, Eve Reaven and her children upon the passing of her husband, Dr. Gerald Reaven, Father of Insulin Resistance and Metabolic Syndrome
at Stanford University.

My neighbor , Dr Gerald Reaven, wrote books on Metabolic Syndrome and I have one that he autographed for me years ago. They have lived on Tolman Drive around 50 years,

Dr Reaven was very intelligent. Eve is also a medical doctor at Stanford University, retired. -----(Mrs) Sheralee Hill Iglehart, B.S., M.A.
Sheralee Hill Iglehart
February 18, 2018
We lost a great guy and fine scientist. Long live the memory and scholarly traditions of Jerry Reaven. From a vitamin D scientist interested in Jerry's important discovery and promotion to prominence of Syndrome X. Cedric Garland DrPH FACE UC San Diego School of Medicine La Jolla CA
Cedric Garland
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