Robert Gold, MD, 1942-2016

Hi CDI Talkers,

As you are probably aware Dr. Robert Gold was one of our most prolific and helpful posters here in the CDI Talk forum. He was also a founding member of ACDIS and a two-time member of our Advisory Board. I also considered him a friend.

Dr. Gold unfortunately lost a battle with cancer last week. I wrote up a remembrance which you can read here on ACDIS Blog:

His unique voice will be missed in this forum and throughout the broader industry.

Brian Murphy, CPC
Director, ACDIS
781-639-1872, ext. 3216


  • I am so sad to here this news. He will be forever missed and always remembered. You were one of my heroes Dr. Gold!!

    Syndi Hudson, RN, CCM, CCDS
    Director of Case Management
    CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Medical Center
    210-705-6147 (Office)
    210-705-6009 (Fax)
    "We are His hands". Isaiah 64:8
  • edited May 2016
    Thank you for sharing Brian. I had no idea that he was battling cancer.
    He was a leader in this industry and a constant advocate and educator for Clinical Documentation. His voice, opinion (and even calls) will be greatly missed.
    May he rest in peace.

    Kerry Seekircher, RN, BS, CCDS, CDIP

  • Oh, My.....This is a loss. Thanks for sharing.

    Best Regards,

    Cari Merlina RN, BSN
    Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist
    Revenue Cycle
    Yampa Valley Medical Center
    1024 Central Park Dr
    Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
  • Oh no! How sad! Always enjoyed reading his blog. Very interesting perspective at times.
  • edited May 2016
    I am very saddened by this news. He will be greatly missed. What will we do without his words of wisdom????

    Julie Monty
    RN, CCDS
    HIM Dept.
    (518) 314-3476
    The University of Vermont Health Network
    Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
  • Such Sad news. He will be missed. My thoughts go out to his family and loved ones.

    And thank you Brian for letting us know. I too have had the pleasure of personal phone calls and emails from Dr. Gold and appreciated his passion greatly. Though we are all over the country and rarely meet face to face, this is a small community and I appreciate you letting us know when something like this happens.

    Katy Good, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS
    Clinical Documentation Program Coordinator
    Flagstaff Medical Center
    Cell: 928.814.9404

  • edited May 2016
    Thank you for this.
    I will miss him!
    He completed our ICD 10 education about 2 years ago. I have been communicating with him almost as long as I have been involved in CDI. We have lost a strong advocate and wonderful person.
    Debby Dallen

    Deborah A Dallen, BSN, RN, CCDS
    Clinical Documentation Improvement
    Einstein Medical Center
    Health Information Management
    Phila PA 19141

  • edited May 2016
    May he rest in peace. Prayers to his family during this difficult time.

    Tracy M Peyton RN, CCDS
    Bradford Regional Medical Center
    Upper Allegany Health Systems
    116 Interstate Parkway
    Bradford, PA 16701

  • edited May 2016
    Eternal rest, Dr.Gold. May God's light continue to shine in all people you touched.


  • edited May 2016
    Such a loss to the medical and CDI communities.

    Julie Cruz RN, CDS
    Clinical Documentation Specialist
    St. Joseph Health
    Eureka, CA 95501

    Wk: 707-445-8121 Ext. 7550
    Cell: 707-267-0973
    Fax: 707-269-3683

  • This is truly a tremendous loss.

  • A uniquely dedicated and qualified person in our profession. I was very impressed with his dedication to our profession, in particular, the way he would take time every day to offer help to any of us. God Speed.


    Paul Evans, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CCDS

    Manager, Regional Clinical Documentation
    Sutter West Bay
    633 Folsom St., 7th Floor, Office 7-044
    San Francisco, CA 94107
    Cell: 415.412.9421

  • edited May 2016
    I am so sad. He was my definitive source and he answered a question for me just a couple of weeks ago. What a loss.

    Mary L. Snook RN-BC
    Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist
    Fairfleld Medical Center
    401 N. Ewing St.
    Lancaster, Ohio 43130 740-497-4443

  • edited May 2016
    So sad! A great loss for entire CDI profession!

    Yuliya Fish, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CDIP
    Clinical Documentation Specialist
    Mount Sinai Brooklyn
    Office 718-951-9976
    Cell 646-462-0650

  • edited May 2016
    A great loss for the CDI profession...he will be missed...may Dr. Gold rest in peace

  • As a new CDI Dr Gold's information was invaluable. I will truly miss his
    guidance -

    God speed Dr Gold -

    Mary Jo Christiansen CPC

    Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist

    Minneapolis VA Healthcare System

    Phone: 612-467-3688

    Member of AAPC, AHIMA, ACDIS

  • edited May 2016
    This is truly a sad day in the CDI forum! We will miss him, his knowledge, and insightful contributions. Rest in peace Dr. Gold.

    Margaret Utuk, RN.

  • What legend he was and will continue to be in the CDI arena.

    RIP Dr. Gold

    Tammie Williamson RN,BSN,CCDS

  • Great Physician
    He was generous to share all CDI knowledge.
    Great loss to CDI profession.
  • Just reading all these posts today.  I had the privilege to work with him occasionally in various facilities for the last 13 years.  We both loved coding, documentation and medicine so much that we would talk for hours in a restaurant or hotel lobby after our "day at work" had ended.  I'm happy that he saw all the work for ICD-10 implementation come to fruition.  Missing our chats dearly.

    Lori Drodge (Cushing), RHIT, CCS

    Maine Medical Center

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