Salvatore Raymond Gambino, A Giant in Pathology and Clinical Chemistry

January 11, 2022
Dr. Salvatore Raymond Gambino
Dr. Salvatore Raymond Gambino

We were sad to learn that Salvatore Raymond Gambino, M.D., once a full professor of pathology with tenure at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, passed away at the age of 95 on January 1, 2022.

Dr. Ray Gambino received his residency training at Columbia-Presbyterian in NYC and finished at St. Luke's Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1961, he became Chief Pathologist at Englewood Hospital in New Jersey. In 1969 he was appointed full professor of pathology with tenure at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, before he was appointed in 1978 as Chief Pathologist and Director of Laboratories at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in NYC.

Dr. Salvatore Gambino at Columbia
Dr. Salvatore Gambino at Columbia.

In 1983, Dr. Gambino joined MetPath as Chief Medical Officer where he helped guide its national growth from MetPath to Corning Clinical Laboratories and then to Quest Diagnostics where he worked until he retired in 2014 at the age of 88.

He was co-author of Beyond Normality: Predictive Value and Efficiency of Medical Diagnosis, which was considered by many as a classic book that changed medicine and has a place in the history of the field of pathology and clinical chemistry.

He was regarded as a giant in the field of clinical pathology and a great mentor. He trained many successful pathologists and influenced many more. One of the most influential among them was Dr. Richard Axel, a Nobel Prize Laureate.

Click here for Dr. Gambino’s full obituary.