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Dr. Gil Friedell, a champion for Kentucky healthcare justice, healthy communities, dies in South Carolina

Staff report

Dr. Gil Friedell, a champion of health and well-being in Kentucky, has died in South Carolina, the Friedell Committee for Health System Transformation announced.

There will be a memorial event in Charleston later in October or early in November, the family said.

Condolence cards can be sent to his wife, Jan Friedell, at the following address: 7 Harlston Place, Charleston, S.C. 29401.
For those who want to send notes of tribute to Dr. Friedell, send them to colettecrown@friedellcommittee.org. They will be forwarded to the family.

Dr. Friedell is remembered as a “champion of the public good,” as an advocate for “healthy communities,” as a “kind, passionate man with a vision and dedication as a scientist,” and as a champion of “healthcare justice.”

Gil Friedell

Dr. Friedell had a distinguished educational and professional career having graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and Harvard College. He received his training in pathology in Boston where he eventually taught at Harvard, Boston University and the University of Massachusetts Medical Schools. While teaching, he also served as the Medical Director of a 600-bed community teaching hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Arriving in Kentucky, Dr. Friedell served as the first Director of the Markey Cancer Center and was the founding director of the Kentucky Cancer Registry, the Principal Investigator of the NCI Mid-South Cancer Information Service, and Co-Director of an expanded statewide cancer control outreach program, all based at the Markey Cancer Center.

Throughout his career, he has put particular emphasis on reaching the medically underserved.  
In 2006, Dr. Friedell was given a special recognition award from the Appalachian Regional Commission for “Untiring commitment, dedication, and leadership in improving the health and well-being of the people of Appalachia.”

In that same year, he also received the Soar High Leadership Award from the Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural and Minority Medicine.

He authored a book published in 2014, The Great Diabetes Epidemic: A Manifesto for Control and Prevention, with J. Isaac Joyner, MPH. 

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