In Memoriam

Dr. Frank G. DeLuca


Dr. Frank G. DeLuca was a founding member of APSA.

(From the Division of Pediatric Surgery, Hasbro Children's Hospital and Alpert Medical School of Brown University)

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Frank G. DeLuca, MD on September 11, 2011. He was one of the 18 Founding Members of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and the Chief of Pediatric Surgery at Rhode Island Hospital for 36 years. He received diplomas from Brown University and the University of Bologna Medical School, and was an alumnus of Tufts University and New England Medical Center, where he trained under Dr. Orvar Swenson. Dr. DeLuca represented the highest ideals of clinician, teacher, investigator, and leader in academic pediatric surgery.

A Professor Emeritus of Surgery and Pediatrics at Brown, he was a core member of the surgical faculty of the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and was one of the prime movers in the establishment of Hasbro Children’s Hospital in 1994. He was instrumental in developing Pediatric Trauma and Critical Care in Rhode Island, and his role as educator reached the highest levels of accomplishment with the creation of the Brown University Pediatric Surgery Residency Program. His memory carries on in the Department of Surgery through the Frank G. DeLuca Distinguished Lectureship in Pediatric Surgical Sciences.

The Pediatric Surgery Division, the Department of Surgery, and many colleagues and friends in the community of Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital extend their deepest condolences to Joyce and all of his children and grandchildren.