Dr. Lauren B. Gerson, a Gastroenterologist practicing at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco, passed away on July 21, 2017, after a valiant battle against metastatic melanoma. Dr. Gerson was the beloved wife of Bill Gerson, a lawyer at Apple Inc., to whom she was married for over 27 years, and the adoring mother of two daughters and a son. Stephanie is a student at Woodside High School and Jackie is a student at UC Santa Barbara. Dr. Gerson's son, Andrew, is a graduate of UCLA and is a creative executive at the literary agency, Silent R Management, in Los Angeles, which represents the creators of the 2017 Academy Award-winning best motion picture, Moonlight.
Dr. Gerson devoted herself to solving her patients' most difficult and longstanding health challenges, and many patients have reached out to express their sympathies. Her colleagues at CPMC have honored Dr. Gerson's interest in clinical research by establishing the Lauren B. Gerson Gastroenterology Research Fund of the CPMC Foundation.
Dr. Gerson was a treasured daughter of Eileen and Ralph Battat of Hillsborough, and the beloved sister of Margie (Jeff) Klapper of Menlo Park and of Peter Battat, who predeceased her. She was a graduate of Princeton University, SUNY Buffalo Medical School, and the Stanford University School of Medicine. She served as a fellow and faculty member at Stanford Hospital for over 15 years, and became an internationally acclaimed published researcher in her field. The American College of Gastroenterolgy elected Dr. Gerson to serve on its board of trustees for 2016-2017.
Dr. Gerson enjoyed entertaining friends and family, and was an avid tennis player, skier, figure skater, pianist and flautist at holiday observances. She will be dearly missed by her loving family, friends, patients and colleagues. A memorial service was held at Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame on Wednesday, July 26. If you wish to honor Dr. Gerson, please consider a donation to one of the charities listed below or to a charity of your choice.