The University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics is sad to announce the death of former faculty member James J. Corrigan Jr., MD, 77, of pancreatic cancer, on December 18.
“I’m personally saddened by the news of Dr. Corrigan’s untimely death,” said Fayez K. Ghishan, MD, professor and head, UA Department of Pediatrics. “Dr. Corrigan was the ultimate clinical educator and a visionary for all the future pediatricians he trained over many years. He truly was a shining light and inspired all he knew. Our faculty and staff send the Corrigans our sincerest condolences.”
Dr. Corrigan was a UA faculty member from 1971-1990. He began as an associate professor of pediatrics with tenure. During his time at the UA, he served as chief of the Section of Hematology/Oncology, chief of staff at University Medical Center (now The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus) and director of the Mountain States Regional Hemophilia Center at Tucson (now Arizona Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center).
In 1990, he joined the faculty at the School of Medicine of Tulane University as a professor of pediatrics and internal medicine. He served as vice dean at Tulane, 1990-1993, dean, 1990-2000 and vice president of the Tulane University Health Sciences Center, 2000-2002. He retired from Tulane in 2002.
In 2009, Dr. Corrigan returned to the UA Department of Pediatrics as a clinical professor, where he participated in teaching and mentoring residents. “Jim Corrigan was a phenomenal teacher and mentor to me and countless other pediatricians in Arizona,” said Alan Bedrick, MD, professor and chief of the Section of Neonatology and Developmental Biology. “Thousands of students and pediatric residents benefitted from his exhaustive medical knowledge and caring approach to patient care.”
After earning his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (1961), Dr. Corrigan went on to complete his pediatrics residency training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and fellowship training in pediatric hematology/oncology at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago.
Dr. Corrigan published more than 200 scientific articles, abstracts and book chapters during his long and distinguished career. He received many awards and honors, including the Ross Award in Pediatric Research (1975), the Philip S. Hench Award – Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Pittsburgh (1997) and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Juniata College (1999).
In 2011, the Pima County Medical Society recognized Dr. Corrigan with a special Lifetime Achievement Award for Medical Education, and in November 2012, the UA Department of Pediatrics honored Dr. Corrigan with a Special Merit Award for Outstanding Education to recognize his dedication and commitment to teaching pediatric residents. “During Jim’s many years as a faculty member, ‘Corrigan Rounds’ was a mainstay of pediatric education at the UA,” said Dr. Bedrick. “His wit, candor, honesty and dedication to patient care and education have left an indelible impression on the practice of pediatrics.”
He was a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, the American Society of Pediatrics, the Society for Pediatric Research, the American Society of Hematology and the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. He also served a three-year term on the executive committee of the Section of Hematology/Oncology, American Academy of Pediatrics.
In his free time, Dr. Corrigan was an avid fisherman and enjoyed golf.
Dr. Corrigan is survived by his wife, Carolyn, and his two children—Nancy and Jeff.
A memorial service for Dr. Corrigan will take place in January.