Creighton mourns death of longtime Medicine professor
Longtime and beloved Creighton University School of Medicine faculty member, alumnus, family physician, and teacher Eugene Barone, MD’76, died Oct. 12 after suffering a head injury in a fall. He was 67.
Barone’s academic and professional career with the University spanned almost 50 years. He was recently awarded the Crystal Caduceus Award, the highest form of recognition bestowed by the School of Medicine Alumni Advisory Board.
A 1976 graduate of the School of Medicine, he completed his residency in the Department of Family Practice in 1979. Barone devoted his time to the betterment of Creighton, to its medical students and to patients who entrusted him with their care.
A native of upstate New York, Barone earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Le Moyne College in Syracuse. In his role as assistant dean for admissions, Barone showcased his devotion to his chosen profession and alma mater. With compassion and competence, he recruited and selects prospective medical students.
He actively served on numerous committees, including the University’s Athletic Board and the Geriatric Coordinating Committee. Within the medical school, Barone served on the Curriculum Committee and the Advancement Committee in the Department of Family Medicine, among many other leadership positions.
Barone, educated by two Jesuit institutions, was an advocate of community service. For many years, he served on the advisory board of the St. Joseph’s Villa Home Health Care, and was the medical director for United Catholic Social Services and St. Gabriel Alcohol Treatment Center.
A curious and dedicated scholar, Barone’s name appears in medical journal articles ranging from depression screening to children and television, from congestive heart failure to binge drinking. For his studies of medical school curriculum, geriatric education, methamphetamine abuse and other research, Barone earned more than $6 million in grants.
Most recently, Barone was honored during September’s Reunion Weekend as this year’s recipient of the Crystal Caduceus Award. The award is the highest form of recognition bestowed by the Creighton University School of Medicine Alumni Advisory Board. Watch the video salute to Dr. Barone which was played during the Crystal Caduceus Award Dinner.
Dr. Barone’s family, including his wife Mary and sons Andrew and Nicholas, established the Dr. Eugene Barone, MD’76 and Family School of Medicine Endowed Scholarship to honor his memory. In selecting recipients for these awards, preference will be extended to underrepresented ethnic minorities. As Assistant Dean for Admissions in the School of Medicine, Dr. Barone was a steadfast advocate for underserved minorities and strove to provide opportunities for those who wanted to attend medical school at Creighton.