Elywn M. Grimes, M.D., died at the age of 69 on Aug. 8, 2012, in Houston, Texas. Grimes came to the UMKC School of Medicine in the fall of 1978 as a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and had a profound effect on the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology during his more than 20 years at the School. Throughout his career, he was a well-respected expert on the topic of reproductive endocrinology, and was invaluable in the development of this sub-specialty at the SOM.
Grimes graduated third in his class at Meharry Medical College in 1968 and pursued a career in Ob/Gyn. He completed a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Harvard School of Medicine in 1975. His career path led him to multiple academic institutions including the Meharry Medical College of Nashville, Tenn., and John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Ill., in addition to the SOM.
In 2007, Grimes was appointed chair of the John Peter Smith Hospital of Fort Worth Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and professor of Ob/Gyn and reproductive endocrinology at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, where stayed until January 2012.
Grimes will be remembered for his dedication to advancing the health of the community by training future physicians and being a leader in his field.
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