ACEP mourns loss of first emergency physician to COVID-19

April 1, 20204min8501
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“This is never easy. It is especially difficult when the loss is one of your own, part of your family. Tonight, we pause and invite you to join us.”

—Dr. William Jaquis, President of the American College of Emergency Physicians

WASHINGTON, D.C.—An emergency physician at East Orange General Hospital in New Jersey, has died due to symptoms consistent with the COVID-19, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) said today.

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is the national medical society representing emergency medicine.

Dr. William Jaquis, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) released the following statement:

“We are deeply saddened to learn that a former ACEP member and our current colleague on the frontlines—an emergency physician—has lost his fight against this virus. Emergency physicians understand that sometimes in our efforts to save your life, we may end up sacrificing our own. This is not a decision made lightly or a post abandoned in times of need. We know the risks of the job we signed up for, but we are on the frontlines in this historic war against COVID-19 with insufficient protection.

There are dire shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) in emergency departments across the country, and despite efforts to ramp up production, we do not see significant relief in the near future. America can’t afford for more emergency physicians and other frontline health care providers to get sick or worse due to PPE shortages.

In times of loss, emergency physicians take what’s called ‘the pause,’ a moment shared between health professionals meant to halt the fast pace of emergency medicine and provide a chance to reflect. The pause gives everyone a chance to honor the significance of the day’s work and the solemn responsibility of holding a life in your hands. This is never easy. It is especially difficult when the loss is one of your own, part of your family. Tonight, we pause and invite you to join us.

We recognize that the stress of living and working in this environment is without precedent and can be difficult to manage. This evening at 8 PM EST, while many of you are safe at home, please stand with emergency care teams and take the pause in honor of a life lost on the frontlines. And remember, you can do your part to help emergency physicians by staying home and take the appropriate steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.”

ACEP is providing up-to-date patient guidance and resources at

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One comment

  • Paula Ingram

    April 1, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Rest peacefully Dr Frank Gabrin
    If only I could have thanked him for his extraordinary services he has provided to the sick and physically injured patients.
    My sincere condolences to all who loved appreciated and respected him as well.
    Now far as those in charge of supplying the medical professionals with all necessary emergency equipment and protective materials needed failed to do the job..they should be fired and replaced with those who are qualified to handle the responsibility successfully! It’s a travesty lives are lost partially because a shortages
    America is not so great. It won’t be until we do better.


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