Aldona Lillian Baltch-Gravrogkas M.D.

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Baltch-Gravrogkas, Aldona Lillian MD ALBANY Aldona Lillian Baltch-Gravrogkas, M.D. distinguished physician and teacher, died May 2, 2016, after a brief illness. She was born June 25, 1926, to Anthony C. and Julia Baltch in Binghamton, N.Y. In the early 1930's she and her family moved to Vilnius, Lithuania because of her father's business responsibilities and she completed high school and attended medical school at the University of Vilnius. Her studies were interrupted by the German occupation of Lithuania, and her family was subsequently interred by Soviet forces at the end of World War II. After a harrowing escape from occupied Lithuania in 1947, she entered undergraduate school at Syracuse University to finish the academic qualifications for medical training in the United States. She entered the Syracuse University College of Medicine, and received her M.D. degree in 1952. After completing Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Disease fellowship at Syracuse, she continued to develop her research skills at Case-Western University and the Research Hospital of the University of Illinois where she served as a faculty member in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. She returned to Syracuse as Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Syracuse VA Medical Center, and then relocated to Amsterdam, where she practiced internal medicine and was the chief of medicine at St. Mary's Hospital for several years. At the invitation of the chairman of medicine at Albany Medical College, she began to teach infectious diseases to residents and students in Albany, and in 1972 became chief of infectious diseases at the Stratton (Albany) VA Medical center, a position she held until 1999. During her tenure at the VA, she was founder and director of the Infection Control program, physician-in chief of the Infectious Disease ward and a senior investigator in the Research Service. She was named "Physician of the Year" by her colleagues, and contributed actively to the academic growth of both the Infectious Disease Section and the Medical Service. She established of the Infectious Disease Research Laboratory in 1972 and authored or co-authored more than 120 scientific articles, received numerous research grants for both laboratory and clinical research, and trained numerous students, residents and fellows in research techniques. Her research in Pseudomonas aeruginosa lead to national recognition for her expertise and she published a reference book on Pseudomonas in 1994. Dr. Baltch was an integral member of the Infectious Diseases Division of the Albany Medical College for her entire career, and was named professor of medicine and pharmacology as a result of her educational and research efforts. After retiring as chief of infectious diseases, she continued her active and productive research career until recently, and was preparing a publication at the time of her death. She was recently named professor of medicine emerita at Albany Medical College in recognition of a career dedicated to excellence in teaching, clinical practice and research. She held numerous clinical appointments in both Albany and Amsterdam, and was a member of important research committees at both the VA and Albany Medical College. She was a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Disease Society of America, and a career member of the American Society for Microbiology. During her life, she continued to be actively involved in the large community of Lithuanian-Americans who have so enriched our society. In her brief illness she was comforted by the unwavering presence of a dedicated group of companions who have supported her over the past year. She was predeceased by her parents; and her brothers, Robert K. and Julius J. Baltch. Her husband of 54 years, George Gravrogkas, died in early 2015. She is survived by caring companions, friends, colleagues and former trainees. A funeral Mass will be held on Friday at 11:30 a.m. at St. Piux X Church, Crumite Rd., Loudonville. The Rite of Committal will follow in St. Casmir's Cemetery, Amsterdam. Calling hours for friends and colleagues will be held on Thursday evening at the funeral home from 5 until 8 p.m. Those wishing to memorialize Dr. Baltch may do so by donation to the Infectious Disease Research Fund, c/o Department of Medicine, Albany Medical College (MC-57), 47 New Scotland Ave., Albany NY 12208 or to a . For more information or directions please visit,

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Published in Albany Times Union on May 4, 2016
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