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In Memoriam

Remembering Danielle Peress, MD

Dani passed away at home on November 26, 2017 surrounded by family after battling stage IV lung cancer. A second year fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Dani’s love of medicine and the field of maternal-fetal medicine was stunningly evident to anyone who met her.  Even after her devastating diagnosis in August of 2016, she was determined to continue her dream of becoming a MFM physician. She used her remaining time fighting to fulfill that dream. Her dedication to clinical medicine was rivaled only by her passion and enthusiasm for research. 

Before she died, Dani wrote about her experience in the New York Times.  As her health declined, she expressed an interest in helping future MFM fellows fulfill their dreams of conducting research during fellowship. The Dani Peress Memorial Fund has been established by the Foundation for SMFM to honor Dani’s wishes – to further advance the field of maternal-fetal medicine by supporting MFM fellows in their research endeavors during fellowship. Learn more about Dani's life and those who loved her most.

A donation to the Foundation for SMFM is one way to honor a SMFM member who has died. Your gift to the Foundation is an investment in the future of maternal-fetal medicine. Each gift advances pregnancy care through research scholarships, global initiatives in patient care and scientific endeavors, grants for clinical education, and mentorship in training the next generation of clinicians and scientists involved in improving pregnancy care. Once a financial gift is received, the Foundation will send a card to the family acknowledging your gift.

If you would like to notify SMFM staff that a MFM colleague has passed away, please read our In Memoriam policy and email smfm@smfm.org with the proper information.

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