Pioneering Work Leads to Lasting Gift

Joseph “Jerry” Rauh, MD, can trace his lifelong passion of caring for teens back to his adolescence. As a 12-year-old boy, he was struck with scarlet fever and developed complications. Instead of attending summer camp that year, he was stuck at home for three months.

“I was put on strict bed rest,” Dr. Rauh says. “No one would think of treating it that way these days. But back then, that’s what they did. And I was really put down by it. It seemed like everything was out of my control.”

That pivotal summer, along with the strong influence of his aunt Louise Rauh, MD, led him to pursue a career in medicine. As a pediatric resident at Cincinnati Children’s in the 1950s, Dr. Rauh was bothered by adolescents not having a clinic or inpatient unit of their own.

“I met an adolescent boy who was dying of leukemia. He was in a bed next to a boy who was only 4 or 5,” Dr. Rauh remembers. “He was overwhelmed with the seriousness of his disease and isolation and didn’t have anyone to talk to.”

So Dr. Rauh set out to do something about it. He started what would become the Adolescent Clinic at Cincinnati General Hospital, now known as University Hospital. In 1973, that clinic was moved to Cincinnati Children’s, where it now serves thousands of patients each year.

One of the first programs of its kind in the country, the clinic was designed to meet the special needs of older children and young adults by providing personalized care and giving them more control over their care plan.

Dr. Rauh’s efforts led to the establishment of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s. He and his wife, Trudy, have made charitable gifts to support its work. He is also actively involved with the Adolescent Medicine Board’s current efforts to raise money for a research endowment within the division.

Dr. Rauh supports this work because he recognized early on how important it is to better bridge the gap between pediatric and adult care. “There is no disease that is just part of adolescent medicine,” he says. “We follow patients from childhood and help them get established in adult care.”

Dr. and Mrs. Rauh’s legacy of support will endure through a life insurance policy that will benefit the Joseph and Louise Rauh Endowed Chair for Adolescent Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s.

“I take a lot of pride in the work we have done here at Cincinnati Children’s for adolescents,” he says. “When the clinic first started, I had no conception of what it would become. I am very rewarded by how it has grown over the years and look forward to seeing it continue to grow.”

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