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Dallas, TX

#1 Jun 19, 2007
Why is there nothing in the LL news regarding the death of Dr. Iacono? He added a lot to the medical field and the hospital for many years. Seems cold on the part of the community to not give notice.
Tipu Aziz

Oxford, UK

#2 Jun 21, 2007
Bob was a great friend of mine. We met rarely but with much joy and shared happy times with his wife grace and himself. I'll miss him.

Carlsbad, CA

#3 Jun 21, 2007
Bob will be remembered as a great neurosurgeon, a great scientist, and a great mentor. He mentored numerous surgeons and graduate students, myself being one of them. He pubblished countless science papers, and he treated thousands of Parkinson's patients.
For all what he has done, I'm surprised Loma Linda University chose not to honor Dr. Iacono. It's a SHAME!

Southaven, MS

#4 Jun 21, 2007
Dr. Iacono was a dear friend, a mentor and big brother to me. He was the most selfless, kind, down to earth person I have ever met. He was not only a great neurosurgeon treated thousands of of patients. He had a beautiful heart. He will always be remembered for all of us had the opportunity to know him. He will always be remembered and missed by those appreciated him. It is really SAD for Loma Linda's lack of the basic decency not honoring Dr. Iacono.

Lubbock, TX

#5 Jun 21, 2007
the man was a genius ! he was unselfish and his best interests were his patients, family and friends and in that order . the medical professional has suffered a great loss . He is known WORLD wide for his dedication to medicine and will be missed
Terry Studio City

Pea Ridge, AR

#6 Jun 21, 2007
Without Dr. Iacono's help my friend who has had Parkinson's for 25 years would not be alive today. How ironic that my friend should outlive the doctor that saved his life. I was privileged to know this great surgeon who was always there for us. He was a pioneer in the treatment of Parkinson's disease and helped many people live a better quality of life. I hope that Loma Linda will do something to honor the memory of Dr. Iocono. He will be greatly missed.

Macon, GA

#7 Jun 21, 2007
The world is a lesser place without Doc. Genius doesn't adequately describe this man. I feel privileged to have had him as a friend. We shared a love for flying and for prison ministry.
Tail winds old friend.


#8 Jun 21, 2007
Dr. Iacono was a brillant surgeon and for the most part misunderstood by the Loma Linda community. He was a kind and generous person who I will miss very much. He was a very dear friend and my mentor for many many years! We published together, laughed together and cried together. He was one of a kind and was not afraid to step outside of the box and for that I will always respect him. He never recieved the credit that he should have by Loma Linda so I am not surprised by their lack of respect in remembering his legacy and the thousands of individuals he helped throughout his years at LLUMC. I have the think that he was at peace with nature after the tragedy as that is one of the things he loved the most. Dr. Robert Iacono will always have a big part of my heart and is the reason I am who I am today!
Daniela P

United States

#9 Jun 22, 2007
Dr. Iacono will be missed among family and friends; but most among patients that still enjoy life because of Him. He was not only a Great Doctor but A Wonderful Friend to All that Known Him!
He will be greatly missed!

United States

#10 Jun 22, 2007
Dr. Iacono was a genius and a humanitarian.

Quote from Roger Hadley from LLUMC: "He was operating on the frontiers," said Hadley, who worked with Iacono a few years ago. "When you're working on the frontiers of neurosurgery, you're a remarkable surgeon."

This is the information that is missing from the LLUMC's propaganda machine. Why did Dr. Iacono move to Mississippi? Because LLUMC in conjunction with the California Medical Board, had Dr. Iacono's medical license suspended.

Now we all know why Dr. Iacono is NOT honored by LLUMC. He is not honored because he was the GREATEST surgenon LLUMC has ever had and LLUMC doesn't honor great people.

Dr. Iacono will be eternally missed.
Ayman Salem Los Angeles

Valencia, CA

#11 Jun 22, 2007
This is not the time to point fingers, we all want to honor Bob's legacy. He started his Parkinson's program at LLUMC and he should be honored there, end of story. LLUMC is where he mentored dozens of neurosurgeons, impacted the life of thousands here and across the globe, showed his true kind, selfless, dedicated nature to his patients, family and friends. It's where he met Grace and had both of his wonderful children. I was privileged and honored to be one of his students, to see it all first hand, to be in the trenches with him and the rest of the team, working hard every day: surgeries, research, scientific discussions, journal clubs. He was the last to leave 9 pm or later, he was always reading, researching, getting closer, inch by inch, paper by paper, patient by patient to unravel the mistery of Parkinson's disease not for his own glory but to truly help other human beings that fell helplessly to the throws of Parkinson's Disease. He is to Movement Disorders ( at least to us ) as What Elvis Presley was to Rock and Roll. He was the King, and I can't believe that he left the building. You will always be in my heart. Ayman.
Drew Copeland

United States

#12 Jun 23, 2007
Bob was a very good friend of mine. For many years I was his aircraft mechanic. It wasn't until my wife contracted cancer that I got to see the real Bob. Many times I found myself asking what is going to happen next. Man to man he always told my straight up the truth of the gravness of our situation. I remember many days that Bob would come by the shop after many hours in surgery. He would grab one of the creepers in the shop and lay down on the floor and just watch me work. He said has was facinated by what I could do with and airplane and that it was good therapy for him. I will forever miss those days around the shop.
Bob, I will miss you my friend.
Colateral Damage

West Covina, CA

#13 Jun 23, 2007
Not a great, or good person. If your family's lives were ruined by his surgery, you would look at his egocentric work differently. He didn't do follow-up tests. He made patients wait for incredibly long times for follow-up appointments, apparently hoping that they would just go away. He evidentally did not want to deal with the people he damaged. Loma Linda acted responsibly, and it was appropriate that his license was suspended. Wish it was done earlier....
Keith Phelan

Victorville, CA

#14 Jun 23, 2007
As a former-Marine, I would be honored to serve in a foxhole with Bob (Dr. Iacono), any day, any night, any where. He joined me in the prisons, he helped friends of mine all of the time, without pay. His passing leaves a huge hole in my heart, it was the worst phone call of my life.
I have seen a lot more successes than failures; and I wouldn't hesitate to have him operate on me or any of my loved ones EVER, without hesitation, because I know what a great doctor he was. I know the surgery that he performed and the margin of error of only a mm either side, yet, he would try to restore quality of life to everybody that crossed his path. While attending the pallidotomy reunions there were endless stories of praise and thanks. I know of the miracle surgery of the Russian young man with dystonia, who would have died; along with numerous others. I brought a friend to Bob who had neuropathy in his feet, other doctors said the burning pain might go away in 18 months, he couldn't even put a sheet on his feet, Iacono told him the pain would be gone in two weeks and in two weeks the pain was charge.
I miss him, I am honored to have known him, I will always love him. I have his recent emails -- and we co-authored a paper "Silent Trauma, Puberty and Incarceration." What a great mind! Looking forward to the resurrection to see him again. Thank Bob for being my friend. Semper Fi!
Caren Studio City Ca

San Jose, CA

#15 Jun 23, 2007
I had the privledge of working with Dr. Iacono in the 1990s at Encino Hospital. I am a Physical Therapist.He was brilliant, compassionate and holistic in his approach to PD. He was a mentor and educator. He loved flying,the mechanics of flying and his passion really showed. He was as passionate in his care of patients. I had the incredible pleasure of witnessing him giving his patients the gift of voluntary movement. Patients who has been essentially wheelchair bound for years were able to walk. Dr. Iacono was a "giant" and many of us continue to feel the imprint of his steps. My condolences to his wife Grace and his children.
Daniela P

United States

#16 Jun 24, 2007
Colateral Damage wrote:
Not a great, or good person. If your family's lives were ruined by his surgery, you would look at his egocentric work differently. He didn't do follow-up tests. He made patients wait for incredibly long times for follow-up appointments, apparently hoping that they would just go away. He evidentally did not want to deal with the people he damaged. Loma Linda acted responsibly, and it was appropriate that his license was suspended. Wish it was done earlier....
"...if you do not know to say something nice, don't say nothing at all!"- it is a risk you take in every second of life...

Covina, CA

#17 Jun 24, 2007
Because of Dr. Iacona I no longer have the love and affection of my dear husband who passed away as a result of a mistake the doctor made. Just this past week I was doing a search to see if I could locate him and possibly initiate a malpractice lawsuit. He was full of himself.
Carla Devries

Beverly Hills, CA

#18 Jun 24, 2007
Surgeons are men, not Gods. I am sorry that Dr. Iacono made a mistake (Virginia and Colateral Damage). That is the risk we all take when we put our lives in the hands of men. Dr. Iacono was a great man. My husband was his patient and we found him to be an excellent doctor that kept us at times waiting too, but spent loads of time on us when it was our turn. We trusted him. (I do not think he was the only doctor that kept patients waiting). He not only stabilized the Parkinson's disease in my husband, but reversed many of the symptoms he suffered. He gave us hope when we had none. We loved him. We also believe that our lives are in God's hands, so whatever the outcome of our life, be it life or death, it is given or taken away by God and God alone. We are thankful to God that Dr. Iacono was able to restore function in my husband, I'm sorry that he wasn't able to accomplish the same results in yours.

Brownsville, TX

#19 Jun 24, 2007
I'll miss Dr.I. He was trully my friend and he will be missed. Hard to believe it really. I'm going to miss the many discussions we had on morality, ethics, religeon, or biochemistry (our favorite). I'll always cherish the time we spent together and I feel that there will be more of those in the future. Thanks for everything Bob, godspeed!

Glendale, CA

#20 Jun 24, 2007
I owe Dr. Iacono so much for being such a wonderful doctor to my dad. He really cared about his patients and the quality of their lives. Even though he kept my dad waiting in the waiting room at times (probably because he did not time his other patients' visits to 2 minutes like other doctors!), he always spent plenty of time with my parents, answering all of their questions and making them feel comfortable with treatment options. He treated my dad even even though my parents did not have medical insurance, and often went as far as waiving his fees for office visits. Even so, he never treated my dad with less care or consideration than his other patients, nor did he ever pressure my father into any sort of controversial treatment or procedure. I can't speak for anyone else, but I don't believe Dr. Iacono ever treated my dad to further his own career or his pocketbook. He was both a kind friend and caring doctor to my father, and I will always thank God for having given our family the privilege of knowing him. May God bless Dr. Iacono's family and may Dr. Iacono rest in peace.

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