It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Joseph “Jerry” Rauh, MD, a pioneer in adolescent medicine.

Dr. Rauh founded the Adolescent Clinic at Cincinnati’s General Hospital in 1960, which was later moved to Cincinnati Children’s. Dr. Rauh founded the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s and was one of three co-founders of the Section on Adolescent Health in the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Rauh died Oct. 9, 2012, after a sudden illness. He was 83.

“Dr. Rauh was a giant in the field of adolescent medicine,” says Frank Biro, MD, director of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s and recipient of the Rauh Chair of Adolescent Medicine.

“He was one of the first to advocate for a multidisciplinary approach to caring for adolescents, including social and mental health services, as well as nutrition and education specialists. He trained many people from many different disciplines,” Dr. Biro says. “Many of the community activities that he started or chaired continue to this day, and have impacted thousands and thousands of youth.”

Dr. Rauh was a native Cincinnatian who graduated from Walnut Hills High School in 1947. After earning a degree in liberal arts at Harvard University in 1951, he received his MD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1955. He completed an internship at Boston City Hospital and worked with adolescents at the Federal Reformatory in Chillicothe, Ohio, before completing his pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s in 1960.

Dr. Rauh directed the Division of Adolescent Health for 37 years. When he retired in 1997, the division had grown to include a staff of five MDs, two full-time consultants, 17 employees and 13 part-time consultants.

A generation of physicians learned about adolescent health from Dr. Rauh, including medical students, house staff and the participants of six fellowship programs. He served as a school physician for the Princeton school district and worked with the late Gil Schiff, MD, on rubella vaccine studies.

A tireless advocate for reproductive health services and sexuality education, Dr. Rauh encouraged school districts throughout Greater Cincinnati to add the widely known Postponing Sexual Involvement program to middle school curricula. He also consulted with the Cincinnati Job Corps Center, the Hamilton County Juvenile Court Youth Center and Kids Helping Kids.

Dr. Rauh produced two nationally recognized videos about the risk of teen pregnancies and contributed 83 publications to the scientific literature.

“Dr. Rauh was one of the kindest, gentlest people one could hope to meet,” Dr. Biro says. “We pass on our heartfelt condolences to his wife, Trudy, and their three sons, Steve, David and Peter.”