Obituary Post Gazette


Age 54, of Pittsburgh, unexpectedly passed away on May 8, 2017. He is survived by his daughter, Katerina (Sydney, Australia); son, Jakub (Minneapolis, Minnesota); his mother, Dr. Marcela Nemcova (Prague, Czech Republic); and a legion of colleagues, devoted patients, and friends. He also leaves behind his chocolate Labrador, and longtime companion, Med. Dr. Nemec was a dedicated physician, an intellectual, a champion of social justice, and a loving father. An Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, Dr. Nemec was an internationally recognized expert in the subspecialty of Electrophysiology in Cardiology. Beloved by his patients for the careful and dedicated clinical care he delivered, Dr. Nemec remained active and recognized for his research throughout his career. He was especially focused on inherited disorders of the heart rhythm and channel mutations. Dr. Nemec was born in Prague, of then communist Czechoslovakia, on November 7, 1962. He obtained his medical degree from the Charles University School of Medicine in the Czech Republic. After completing his medical residency in the District Hospital in the Czech Republic, he came to the United States to complete another residency in internal medicine, fellowship in cardiology and Electrophysiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He was recruited to UPMC in 2006 where he embarked on a very productive career as an academic physician. In addition to his research and clinical care, Dr. Nemec was a dedicated teacher and was awarded Edward I Curtiss Memorial Teaching Award in 2007. Alarmed by the injustices he witnessed and experienced as a child and young adult in a communist state, Dr. Nemec remained dedicated to the cause of social justice throughout his adult life. He donated countless hours during his vacations and personal wealth to serve the most underserved populations throughout the world in their fight against poverty, disease, and war. Jan will be dearly missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and patients. Friends will be received at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC., ( 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street, Pittsburgh, PA (412-621-1665), on Monday May 15, 2017, from 3-5 p.m. and followed by a memorial service at 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Doctors Without Borders in honor of Dr. Jan Nemec.

Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from May 14 to May 15, 2017

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