Robert Corretore

Published September 13, 2019

Robert Corretore, a family doctor who helped establish the curriculum in the 1970s for the Department of Family Practice in what is now the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, died Sept. 8. He was 88.

Corretore obtained his bachelor's degree in zoology from UB and completed UB medical school in 1956, earning licensure for medicine and surgery.

He served as a Navy doctor, attaining the rank of lieutenant, and was stationed at Chelsea Naval Hospital in Chelsea, Mass.

After becoming an assistant clinical professor in the medical school’s newly created Department of Family Practice in 1970, Corretore was instrumental in developing the curriculum. He received the medical school’s Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Distinguished Teaching Award in 1982 and became a clinical associate professor emeritus in 1999.

Corretore was a life member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and was honored for 50 years of continuous membership in the New York State Academy of Family Physicians. In addition, he had been a member of the Erie County Medical Society for nearly 50 years.