DJP Update 11-16-2015: 1- R.I.P. Dr. Gustavo A. Colón; 2. The world on alert: Terrorism

1- R.I.P. Dr. Gustavo A. Pirulo Colón June 14, 1938 – November 12, 2015

Dr. Gus Colon passed away on November 12, 2015. I visited him just before he died and told him how much love there was for him. I told him he was the best of the best. The American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Inc. has a beautiful tribute to Gus at the link immediately below. Be sure to read it. Thanks to Dr. Mark Constantian for sharing that link.

Gus was a talented plastic surgeon, a great artist whose office had compelling works he painted, an awesome stand-up comic who could keep medical audiences laughing and laughing, a fascinating historian who could mesmerize audience, and much more. He was my intern briefly in the early 60s and he and I often reflected on our first meeting in the Charity Hospital Emergency Room. Most of all, Gus was a kind loving man who treasured family and friends. He always was the first to offer help with any problem. He will be missed. Robin and I extend our sincere condolences to his family.

Here is the published newspaper obituary:

In this obituary the time and place for the services are listed:

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 12:30pm at St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church, 4317 Richland Ave, Metairie 70002. Visitation at the church will begin at 10:30 am until service time.
2- Terrorism abounds in the world and the latest horror happened to innocents in Paris. It is time to show true leadership. Identify the cause. Eliminate it. Can’t do half-way measures. Otherwise it continues and will strike repeatedly.

Here is one of my tweets about terrorists in Paris:

Sad. #Terrorism : identify and eliminate. True #Leadership needed and not just poll-tested words. Vive la France!
11/13/15, 4:25 PM

Surely it is time to focus on this evil and have a strategy to eliminate it. The world truly is a dangerous place in 2015 and leadership is needed.

There are many opinions about what to do next. Here are some comments from a former chair of AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA), Rob Tenery, MD:

You may agree or disagree with Dr. Tenery but a full debate with FACTS is needed. Are we at war? If war, then no half-way measures. Our brave soldiers are at risk if we don’t give them a clear mission with full support. You can be certain that the terrorists are planning a Paris-like attack on America this very moment. Washington, D.C.? New York City again? Blowing the levees in New Orleans to recreate Katrina destruction? Time to end the political preening.

Stay well!


Donald J. Palmisano, MD, JD, FACS
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