Dr. Derek Piper graduated from our dual Internal Medicine/Emergency Medicine (IM/EM) program in 2004. An excerpt from his obituary printed in the Miami Herald on January 11, 2006, follows. “Derek Dauphinot Piper, MD, man of adventure, science, and generosity; died at 36. His death followed a recent diagnosis of a brain tumor. His fervor for adventure and history led him to travel to the remote corners of the planet. As an avid sailor, he circumnavigated the globe aboard Pipe Dream IX, along with his father. As a mountaineer, he summited Kilimanjaro, Tarija, Huayna Potosi and Parinacota. Most recently, he was training for his conquest of Aconcagua-the highest peak outside of the Himalayas mountain range. He attended Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business and Tulane University’s School of Medicine, followed by his medical residency at University of Illinois at Chicago. He was board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. Within medicine, his passion was medical relief work, which he pursued in both Central America and Southeast Asia.”
Please consider donating to the Derek Piper Endowment Fund, a scholarship supporting our residency’s senior international emergency medicine elective. This fund was established to tribute Derek Piper’s (IM/EM’ 04) passion for world travel and medical relief work and will allow our residents to experience an international medical rotation and its career-changing effects.