Mr. Gerald Stanley Supinski
Gerald Stanley Supinski, M.D.
Gerald Stanley Supinski, M.D. passed away December 31, 2022, at the age of 71. He was born to Stanley and Helen (Stasiowski) Supinski in Pittsburgh, PA, on June 18, 1951. He is preceded in death by both parents, and his brother Robert “Bob” Supinski (Susie). He is survived by his loving wife, Patti Bruckner Supinski, his brother, David Supinski (Carol Surges), and nephews; Stephen, Jonathan, Alex, Zachary and a niece, Lily. Jerry also leaves behind a large family through marriage; Gina Winer (Joseph) and Michael Rossetti (Kimberly), numerous step-grandchildren: Shelby Winer, Natalie Winer, Trey Winer, Giuliana Winer, Mia Rossetti, and Luca Rossetti, as well as many other relatives, friends and co-workers who will miss his love, wit, and interesting stories.
During his early career, while doing his fellowship at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, he received numerous grants from the American Thoracic Society, American Heart Association, a VA Career Development Award, and while still a fellow, served as a Project Leader on a Program Project Grant. Jerry served on the faculty there for 18 years where he developed and expanded multiple clinical programs, directed the fellowship training. Jerry was division chief at MetroHealth Medical Center and directed the intensive care unit there. He continued many of these roles at the University of Rochester and the Medical College of Georgia before joining the University of Kentucky.
Jerry, a tenured professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, was an internationally respected pulmonary and critical care physician, and translational scientist. He was recruited to the University of Kentucky in 2007 to expand research in the Division and the departments. He was also enlisted to join the newly established Center for Muscle Biology, not only for his expansive knowledge of the basic science of muscle biology, but also for his exceptional skills as a practicing clinician who could translate this knowledge to the bedside.
Dr. Supinski also served as an attending physician providing clinical care in the medical intensive care unit for veterans. He was a tireless advocate for these patients. Early in his career he worked at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Administration Medical Center, and for the past seven years served as a faculty member at the Lexington VA. In addition to his clinical work, he was also a recipient of a VA Merit Review Grant to study respiratory muscle weakness as well as a research grant from the VA’s Rural Health Pulmonary Rehabilitation program. He was extremely passionate about discovering new methods of delivering high quality rehabilitation therapy to patients who were suffering from pulmonary diseases to improve their quality of life and remained active in this program until his passing.
Relatives, friends, and patients alike, are truly blessed to have had Jerry touch their lives.
A celebration of life with family and friends will be announced at a later date.