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Tribute to a giant in the bone health field – Professor Harry K. Genant, M.D. (1942-2021)

Tribute to a giant in the bone health field – Professor Harry K. Genant, M.D. (1942-2021)

JK, Wing Chan & Harry Genant

We, at the Asia-Pacific Fragility Fracture Alliance (APFFA), were greatly saddened to learn of Professor Harry K. Genant’s sudden and unexpected passing. We wish his family an abundance of happy memories of his life and comfort as they grieve his loss.

Harry was a giant in our field. Over the course of four decades, he set the standard for imaging in the service of bone health. He was a key contributor to various landmark trials, and a pioneer in developing new imaging strategies.  Even more, he was a leader in linking imaging to biomechanical performance, aiming ever to improve the predictive power of imaging data. He was also an accomplished and generous teacher and mentor who helped to launch the careers of many distinguished investigators and leaders in our field.

While my interactions with Harry were limited in scope, I feel privileged to have enjoyed those opportunities to work with him. All demonstrated Harry’s commitment to doing the best possible science, and practicing the best possible medicine. We will all miss him greatly, but his legacy will endure for many years to come. The world is better because Harry Genant walked it.

Professor Emeritus Robert Blank M.D., Ph.D.
Education Chair, Asia-Pacific Fragility Fracture Alliance (APFFA), Sydney

Please watch this short video featuring a personal tribute to Prof Genant by Prof Rob Blank and Prof Wing P. Chan M.D., Taiwan Radiological Society President, Taiwanese Osteoporosis Association President and Asia-Pacific Panel Chair, International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD), Taiwan, who was mentored by Prof Genant for three years at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).