In Memoriam: Scott L. Mader, M.D. (1955–2013)

February 26, 2013

Dr. MaderThe OHSU School of Medicine announces with great sadness that Scott L. Mader, M.D., associate chief of staff for extended care at the Portland VA Medical Center, professor of medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics, died Feb. 18 after a long battle with multiple myeloma.

Dr. Mader earned an M.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1981. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Rochester in 1984 and a fellowship in geriatric medicine at the UCLA/Veterans Affairs Multicampus Division of Geriatric Medicine in 1986 under David Solomon, M.D. Dr. Mader held several positions at Case Western Reserve including assistant professor of medicine and associate director for research in the Division of Geriatric Medicine. In 1995, he joined the faculty at OHSU.

Throughout his career, he was an accomplished geriatrician and researcher with a focus in the areas of mechanisms of age-related loss of beta-adrenergic signal transduction in vascular smooth muscle, orthostatic hypertension and home hospital care. His work resulted in more than 126 publications.

He was a committed educator who influenced the next generation of health care providers in a significant way. He taught numerous medical and physician assistant students as well as residents and fellows.He also served on the OHSU School of Medicine's Continuing Medical Education Advisory Committee and the OHSU Center for Healthy Aging Education Subcommittee.

Dr. Mader served on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Gerontology Biological Sciences and was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American College of Physicians, American Geriatric Society and the Gerontological Society of America.

A funeral took place in Our Lady of the Lake Church in Lake Oswego, Ore., on Feb. 22.

The following is Dr. Mader's obituary as published by The Oregonian.

Dr. Mader, 57, passed away peacefully one week after his best ski-race ever, surrounded by family and friends. He was born and raised in Salem, the son of Jackie and Howard and younger brother to Robert (Gwen) Mader. He was a loving husband of 30 years to Maureen (nee O'Malley). Dear father to Kevin, Erin, Ellen and Brian. Uncle, cousin, nephew and friend to many.

He played football at North Salem High School. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Willamette University and studied medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. After completing his medical residency at the University of Rochester in New York, he did a Geriatric Fellowship at the University of California in Los Angeles. He had a passion for working with veterans and with the deeply committed staff at the Portland VA Medical Center, a position, which enabled him the ever-challenging roles of administrator, researcher and clinician. As an educator, he was a Professor of Medicine at OHSU.

Taking his responsibilities to his family and friends as earnestly as his work, Scott loved to spend time with them by skiing, backpacking, fishing and playing backyard badminton with "Mader House Rules." Music played a central role in his life and he enjoyed playing a wide array of instruments and tried much to the delight and chagrin (depending on the instrument) to imprint this passion to his family and friends. He never forgot his roots and loved spending time at his 150-year-old family farm. His only regret was that he could not live out his retirement picking up rocks, weeding and plowing fields.

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In lieu of flowers, the family asks that remembrances be made in Scott Mader's name to support Patient Support Services at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. Please make your checks payable to the OHSU Foundation and mail to Mail Stop 45 PO Box 4000, Portland, OR 97208-9852.

View the Oregonian obituary.

The OHSU Department of Medicine, the OHSU School of Medicine, the Portland VA Medical Center and the greater health care and research communities are deeply saddened by his death. We extend sincere condolences to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.