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Roy Greenberg, MD, 1964-2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

CTSNet is sad to announce the passing of Dr. Roy K. Greenberg. Dr. Greenberg, 49, died December 7, 2013 at his home on Lake Erie near Cleveland, OH. He was born in Ithaca, NY to Iris and Donald Greenberg on November 9, 1964. Roy obtained his Bachelor’s degree at Cornell University and his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. He trained in General and Vascular Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where he met his wife Alicia Fanning. They both joined the faculty at the Cleveland Clinic after completion of their training.

Roy had a passion for problem solving, and he applied this to the care of his patients. His innovations and research have helped to shape our current treatment of complex aortic disease, and his contributions were instrumental to ushering in the era of endovascular therapy. His interest in teaching and mentoring has contributed to the academic growth and development of many colleagues. His contributions, whether directly or indirectly, have saved the lives of many around the world. He has been recognized with numerous awards and the Society for Vascular Surgery established an annual lecture on innovation in his honor.

Roy’s international reputation provided him with the opportunity to travel the globe and explore many different cultures, which he loved. He was thrilled to be able to share these experiences with his family, in particular his sons Zachary, 11, and Lucas, 10, who accompanied him on many of these adventures.

Additionally, Roy is survived by his younger brother and sister, Eric and Jane, and his parents, Don and Iris.

Roy will be remembered as an innovator, surgeon, teacher, and mentor. Most importantly, Roy will be remembered as a friend, husband, and father. He was a great light that shone on his patients, colleagues, friends and family.

A memorial service to honor Roy will be held on January 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the InterContinental Hotel (9801 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH).

Please consider a contribution to the Dr. Roy Greenberg Memorial Fund for Innovation and International Scholarship in the Heart and Vascular Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. Gifts can be sent to Cleveland Clinic Foundation, PO Box 931517, Cleveland OH 44193-1655, or online at

This remembrance is published with the permission of the Cleveland Clinic. 


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