1930 - 2011
Robert H. De Bellis, M.D., associate clinical professor of medicine-oncology and a 1958 graduate of P&S, died May 15, 2011, at age 80.
Dr. De Bellis graduated from Queens College in 1951. After graduating from P&S, he was an intern at Jacobi Hospital/Bronx Municipal Hospital, then completed a hematology fellowship in 1964 at Columbia.
After the completion of his fellowship, Dr. De Bellis focused on basic nucleic acid research. His most recent research interests included the development of anti-sickling agents for patients with sickle cell anemia. His clinical interests included breast cancer, lymphomas, and chronic leukemias. He also maintained a general internal medicine practice.
He served for many years on the Board of Directors of the New York State Society of Medical Oncology and Hematology and as an associate editor for the Journal of Thanatology. He received a 2010-11 Ewig Educational Award recognizing clinical teaching excellence in the Department of Medicine.
Dr. De Bellis had a wide range of interests outside of medicine including sculpture and art and had several of his pieces exhibited here on campus. He was an inveterate amateur jazz pianist. Most of his spare time was spent on his sailboat and he frequently sailed in the Northeast and the Caribbean.
He is survived by his wife, Frances, son Robert and his wife, Amanda, and daughter Stacy Chamberlain and her husband, Tom.
“The Department of Medicine mourns the loss of Dr. De Bellis, respected for his practical knowledge of oncology as well as for his friendship and his collegiality,” said Donald Landry, M.D., Ph.D., the Samuel Bard Professor of Medicine and chair, Department of Medicine.
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