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In Memoriam: Duane Sewell, MD, Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Monday, November 28, 2011

 "He made a difference," says Dr. Scott Strome of his colleague Dr. Sewell.

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Duane Sewell, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, who passed away on November 27, 2011 following a battle with gastric cancer. He was only 44 years old.

"We have lost a dear friend and a wonderful colleague in Duane Sewell," said Scott Strome, MD, department chair, in a letter to colleagues. "Duane embodied the highest qualities of an academic physician – always providing outstanding personalized care for his patients, serving as a tremendous educational resource, and seeking to better the human condition through his research. Despite his myriad of tangible achievements, it was his intangible qualities that made Duane truly special. He lived his life with integrity, dignity and quiet strength. He always held his friends and family in the highest regard. He was a man of deep faith and was a mentor in the truest sense of the word. In short, he made a difference."

Private funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 10 in Philadelphia. Dr. Sewell will also be honored at a memorial service in Baltimore on Sunday, December 18 at Westminster Hall from 1-3 p.m. Those wishing to attend the Westminster Hall service are asked to please RSVP by December 12 to catherineasewell@aol.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. Sewell's honor can be made to the University of Maryland Department of Otorhinolaryngology (Ear, Nose, Throat) via the Office of Development website. Please specify "The Sewell Head and Neck Cancer Research Fund" in the memo line.

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