In Memoriam: Gerald DeNardo, MD

February 21, 2024

Gerald DeNardo, MD, professor emeritus of internal medicine and radiology at the University of California (UC)–Davis, passed away on February 11, 2024.

Gerald DeNardo, MD

With his wife, Sally J. DeNardo, MD, DeNardo pioneered the federally funded radioimmunotherapy (RIT) program at UC Davis and in 1985 treated the first patient in the United States to undergo an RIT procedure for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. His decades-long career paralleled the development of nuclear medicine. Upon his retirement from UC Davis, DeNardo reflected on his career, saying: “I’ve had a thrilling ride growing, building, learning much, and translating from bench to bedside with the help of many others.” His work was marked by ingenuity, inventiveness, compassion, and good humor.

DeNardo served as SNMMI’s president in 1981-82. Both the DeNardos have received wide acclaim and honors for their work, including the 2000 Cassen Award, awarded for interdisciplinary research and work that led to improved patient diagnostics and therapy.

The Gerald and Sally DeNardo Lectureship, established through an endowment by the DeNardos at Santa Clara University, provides a platform for presentations in the health sciences. Gerald DeNardo’s legacy also lives on through the Science Research Scholars program and a Senior Prize, which recognize outstanding research by Santa Clara undergraduates pursuing careers in the health science industry.

Services will be held at Saint Joseph Church, Lincoln, California, on Friday, February 23, at  1:00 pm.