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In Memoriam

Thomas David Boyer, MD

Thomas Boyer

We are sad to report that Thomas David Boyer MD, renowned hepatologist, UCSF alumnus, and former SFVAMC Chief of Gastroenterology, died on January 11th 2018 of cancer at the age of 74 yrs.

Tom exemplified the outstanding talent attracted to the UCSF Gastroenterology Division under the leadership of Rudi Schmid MD, PhD. Tom came to UCSF as a GI fellow in 1976 to obtain laboratory-based research training, having already completed a hepatology fellowship and clinical research training in portal hypertension at the University of Southern California. During his 14-year stay at UCSF, Tom rose to the rank of Professor in Residence and served as Chief of Gastroenterology at the SFVAMC from 1981-1990. Tom’s basic research focused on mechanisms of liver cell injury; a complement to his career-long clinical research interest on the pathogenesis and treatment of complications of cirrhosis. Tom is one of the few investigators who was consistently NIH RO1-funded for both clinical and basic research. While at the SFVAMC, Tom met Carol, his wife of more than twenty years, and mother of their son Thomas.

In 1990, Tom was recruited from UCSF to Emory University, where he served as Chief of Gastroenterology. He was subsequently recruited by the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he served as Director of the Liver Research Unit and was later appointed Chairman of the Department of Medicine. The Liver Research Unit will be named after Tom in his honor. Tom was the founding Editor of Zakim and Boyer, one of the world’s premier Hepatology textbooks and served as President of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) in 2002.

Tom was an outstanding mentor, and a dear friend to many. He will be sorely missed. Tom’s wife Carol pre-deceased Tom, who is survived by his daughter Sarah and son-in-law Scott, his son Thomas, his partner Sherry, his brother Clayton and two grandchildren, Mathew and Evan.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Tom’s name to the AASLD Foundation.