David A. Bobak, MD

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Posted on: November 5, 2021

David “Dave” Allan Bobak, MD, 66, of Solon, OH. Born October 24, 1954 and died September 11, 2021. Survived by his wife, Kendra D. Kress-Bobak. Loving father of Katherine B. (Andrew) Lavik, Steven S. Bobak, Anthony D. Bobak, and Jayne M. Kress-Bobak; cherished grandfather of Andrea E. Lavik and Paul D. Lavik; dear brother of Diane M. (Karl) Cetina and James A. Bobak; co-parent with Andrea S. Bobak.

Dave was a physician scientist specializing in infectious diseases for over 30 years. He attended Mount Union College and Ohio State College of Medicine where he was selected into AOA medical honor society as a junior. He completed his internal medicine residency at one of the most highly regarded medical residencies in the country, Duke University. He was then selected for fellowship training at the National Institutes of Health in Allergy and Infectious Diseases, under the mentorship of renowned infectious disease specialists including Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Dave spent many years as a physician researcher and faculty at University of Virginia School of Medicine. He moved back to Cleveland in 2001 and became clinical faculty at CWRU School of Medicine, and an attending physician at University Hospitals of Cleveland where he won numerous awards for his teaching ability. He was an incredible clinician and was highly respected by colleagues. Most importantly, he was known for his kindness, quick wit, and caring bedside manner.

Family was very important to him and he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren more than anything. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Dave’s wishes as an infectious disease specialist, there will not be an in-person gathering for a memorial service. He would encourage all to receive the COVID-19 vaccination and continue to practice diligent infection control practices.

Please consider donating to the Immune Deficiency Foundation and the National Organization for Rare Disorders in honor of his battle with common variable immunodeficiency and in support of his commitment to medical research and innovation.