In Memoriam: 1st ER physician loses his fight to COVID-19

By April 2, 2020April 3rd, 2020Healthcare Heroes

We are deeply saddened that Dr. Frank Gabrin, 1st emergency physician in the US has lost his fight against COVID19

An emergency room physician at East Orange (N.J.) General Hospital died April 1 from COVID-19 complications, according to a statement from the American College of Emergency Physicians.

The physician, Frank Gabrin, MD, was the first ER physician in the U.S. to die due to symptoms related to the novel coronavirus, ACEP said.

Dr. Gabrin was a New York City resident, according to USA Today. He was 60 years old and a two time cancer survivor.


Our heart goes out to his family and loved ones.

“We are deeply saddened to learn that a former ACEP member and our current colleague on the frontlines — an emergency physician — has lost his fight against this virus. Emergency physicians understand that sometimes in our efforts to save your life, we may end up sacrificing our own,” ACEP said.

ACEP renewed its efforts that the U.S. needs to do more to ensure physicians are equipped with the proper personal protective equipment.


We can honor his sacrifice by taking this virus seriously, stay home, practice hand washing and social distancing.


Like his colleagues across the world including Italy and Spain and China, he is a truly healthcare hero. Please leave note of support for his family and other healthcare heroes at


Source: Beckers Hospital Review

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