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Dr. Ervin and Adrienne Gombos Leave Legacy Gift in Gratitude for His Long, Successful Career

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Adrienne and Dr. Ervin Gombos

When Dr. Ervin Gombos and his wife of 55 years, Adrienne, were planning their legacy, it was an easy choice to include NYU Langone in their estate plan. As an expression of gratitude for his long and successful career and to fulfill their charitable goal of giving back, the Gomboses have made a bequest through their will to support the Department of Medicine at the Medical Center.

Ervin received his medical degree from the University of Zagreb in Yugoslavia in 1954. He had few options for a fellowship in the struggling, postwar economy. When he had the chance to come to the United States, where he did his internship with French Hospital and his residency at Memorial Sloan Kettering, he took it.  

He was offered a renal fellowship at NYU by Dr. Herbert Chasis, who was treating his first wife at the time. After ten years of marriage, she died in 1960. A year later Ervin’s friends brought him to a party to get him out and meet people. “My friends dragged me to the same party,” says Adrienne. “We met there and were engaged a week later.” The couple married in 1961.

Ervin was the chief of the renal division at the VA Hospital in Washington D.C. from 1961 to 1969, when NYU started a dialysis program in order to perform kidney transplantations. Saul Farber, then dean of the School, hired Ervin as the director of hemodialysis at both NYU and Bellevue. He continued his work as a nephrologist at NYU Langone for 35 years, until his retirement in 2004.

“I participated in weekly training sessions with esteemed physician-scientists, including Drs. Homer Smith, William Goldring, Herbert Chasis, and David Baldwin—all giants in the field of nephrology,” Ervin says. “By presenting patients to this group, I developed a depth of knowledge that positively impacted my life and career.” Ervin and Adrienne encourage others to consider making a planned gift to support NYU Langone.

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