Gerald Frank "Gerry" Scidmore, a former longtime chief of medical staff at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian and prominent Newport Beach radiologist, has died. The 71-year-old died Friday at Hoag after a brief but intense fight against leukemia, his wife said.
Scidmore joined the Hoag medical staff in 1971 and was a founding member of the Newport Harbor Radiology Associates.
The nearly 40-year veteran was a role model to all who knew him, said longtime friend and retired physician Douglas Cassel.
"Gerry was more than great; he was the best in the department," Cassel said. "Everything he did was special and awe-inspiring."
Scidmore served as partner of the radiology department and was seen working diligently up until not long before his death, according to departmental staff.
He was a member of numerous medical and radiology societies, including the California Medical Assn., the American Medical Assn., the Radiological Society of North America and the American Roentgen Ray Society. He was also a fellow of the American College of Radiology.