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Burton D. Rose, MD

November 19, 1942 - April 24, 2020

Burton D. Rose, MD
April 24, 2020

Dr. Burton ("Bud") David Rose, a world-renowned clinician, scientist, and educator, died on April 24, 2020 at the age of 77.

Better known as Bud, Dr. Rose was a clinical professor of medicine at Harvard University and the co-founder of UpToDate, a well-known resource that enables practicing clinicians to access the latest expert medical information online. Created in 1989, UpToDate was ahead of its time in using computers and the Internet as educational tools for science and medicine. Widely used today, this resource addresses questions in nephrology, primary care, family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics. The goal is to help doctors "carry with them an entire library of medical knowledge and find answers to their questions within minutes," Dr. Rose once observed. Available in nine languages, UpToDate offers evidence-based recommendations with the help of more than 7,000 physicians, authors, editors, and reviewers.

Last year, in honor of his groundbreaking contributions, the American Society of Nephrology established the Burton D. Rose, MD, Endowed Lectureship, a talk delivered each year at ASN Kidney Week on a topic related to innovative advances in clinical decision-making and educational techniques. In 2009, ASN also recognized Dr. Rose for his substantial and meritorious contributions in education and teaching, honoring him with the with the Robert G. Narins Award.

Once referred to as "the Steve Jobs of medicine," Dr. Rose was nominated five times for the Harvard Medical School Prize for Excellence in Teaching and received various awards recognizing his teaching talent from Brigham and Women's Hospital, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Saint Vincent Hospital.

His highly regarded book, Clinical Physiology of Acid-Base and Electrolyte Disorders, is now in its fourth edition and has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Chinese. He also wrote Pathophysiology of Renal Disease and co-authored Renal Pathophysiology: The Essentials.

Dr. Rose loved his family and many pastimes, including tennis, ping-pong, and gin rummy. He is survived by Gloria; his brother and sister-in-law Stephen Jay Rose and Christina Cerna of Washington, DC; his daughter Emily Rose of Minnetonka, MN and her daughters, Noa and Maya Mor, and their father, Allon Mor; his daughter and son-in-law Anne and Andy Moller of Brookline, MA and their children, Tobey and Skye; and his son and daughter-in-law Daniel and Lindsay Rose of Chattanooga, TN and their son, Ridge.

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