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2020-11-26  Philippe Jeanty 1953 - 2020  © Dr. Roberto Romero  www.TheFetus.net

Philippe Jeanty 1953 - 2020
Dr. Roberto Romero

Dr. Philippe Jeanty passed away yesterday in his home in Nashville. Born in Congo, Philippe grew up in Belgium, where he developed a passion for obstetrical ultrasound before moving to the U.S., where he worked at Yale and Vanderbilt, then established an exceptional practice in Nashville. He was a pioneer in fetal biometry, fetal growth, and prenatal diagnosis. Philippe taught obstetrical ultrasound to the world, and his lectures were legendary. He was passionate about the use of computers in medicine and for teaching. 

I met Philippe 36 years ago in New Haven, Connecticut, and his friendship changed my life, as it has changed the lives of many. We will celebrate his contributions on Sunday, January 10, 2021 as part of the 30th anniversary of ISUOG. Many members of the fetus.net community have pictures and memories - a place will be dedicated on the fetus.net site where these can be shared, in your preferred language. Please send them to cowfetus@gmail.com or federicobadano@gmail.com and Fede will add them in this same page.

We mourn the loss of an incomparable physician, teacher, and friend, whose humanity, generosity, and talent changed the practice of medicine, as well as the lives of so many of us, our patients, and their families.   

- Roberto Romero


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Philippe, 

Ti ho conosciuto nel 2003 quando sono stato tuo fellow e da allora sei sempre stato al mio fianco, anche a distanza. . 
Lavorare al tuo fianco, mentre ascoltavi Beethoven,  ha cambiato il mio modo di vedere il mondo e non solo dell’ecografia. Imparavo da Te anche solo standoti vicino. 
Dal Tuo computer tenevi i contatti con il mondo. Eravamo all’inizio dell’era di internet ma, tu già la dominavi saltellando tra uno studente in Sudafrica ed un Professore in Giappone passando dall’Armenia o dall’Italia.
Quanta ammirazione che sentivo nelle persone che ti stavano vicino o che sono venute in contatto con Te. Il tuo tocco speciale capace di cambiare il modo di vedere le cose con poche frasi dette ad un congresso con migliaia di partecipanti  o scritte su un computer per uno studente, un giovane medico o un professionista affermato.  
Sei stato un grande maestro, sempre disponibile e sempre con una risposta a tutto. 

Quante cose hai fatto, quanti sogni hai realizzato. 
Amavo la Tua umiltà e il Tuo essere Philippe per tutti noi che ti ammiravamo come il leggendario Prof Jeanty.

E’ stato bello conoscerti, è stato bello essere tuo allievo ed è stato bello essere chiamato da Te grande amico. 
Mi piange il cuore a sapere che non risponderai più alle mie email in pochi istanti.
Mi mancheranno le nostre chiacchierate, le tue battute.
 Mi mancherai Philippe mancherai a tutti noi
Your Buddy
Claudio



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We were very lucky to have Philippe, I wouldnt be in my position without Him. I am very, very sad it is a  great loss, it could be anticipated,  even outside of this plague year , but this news came to me as a great shock
He was one of the most kind and benevolent persons I knew
With great sorrow,
Lech

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To all of you dear colleagues and companions 

I would like to share my great sorrow of learning of Philippe´s disappearance 
He will remain in my memory as one of the most beautiful encounter of my life 
With all my friendship 

Emmanuel Julien

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Thank you very much for everything Dr Philippe Jeanty. 
My condolences to is friends and family.

Andres Arencibia Molina

Spain
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I am unfortunately too young to have met Philippe in person, but I had been collaborating with him as a volunteer contributor to thefetus.net , formatting the cases of the weeks for the past few months.
I remember back in those days around 2014-2015 when I first visited thefetus.net I thought, what a huge database of knowledge in fetal ultrasound this is ! Unparallelled, lots of iconography, and completely free ! Since then, I'd been a regular applicant to those cases of the week, and Philippe has been somewhat a mentor I grew accustomed to.
These past weeks, he was working on a new version of thefetus.net : whoever in the US is gonna inherit the site property rights, please keep it going, it is his legacy. I'd happily contribute to the new version.
Rest in peace, dear Philippe, mentor and colleague.
I'm sure you'll be watching from above.

Fabien Ho, radiologist from reunion island.
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Hola, Federico:

Con profundo dolor he conocido esta mañana el fallecimiento de nuestro querido Philippe. Tuve noticias de él a primeros de este mes, me envió un pdf con las innovaciones que pensaba hacer en la página. Entendí que los cambios iban a ser para bastante más adelante y no le había contestado aún.

En marzo me escribió preguntándome si estaba bien, ya que las noticias que le llegaban de la situación en España con la COVID 19 no eran nada buenas. Entonces me informó de sus problemas de salud con la gracia que creo que tenía, me habló de la ironía de que le hubieran diagnosticado una cardiopatía congénita después de toda la vida dedicado al diagnóstico prenatal y de la posibilidad de tratamiento mediante embolización, que luego me indicó que de momento no haría. Me imagino que habrá sido un problema agudo la causa de su fallecimiento, dado lo que dice Franti.

Yo le vi en España hace años una vez que vino al Centro Gutenberg, en Málaga. Creo que antes le había mandado unas presentaciones por si podían tener algún interés, vistas desde mi perspectiva de ahora no eran nada del otro mundo y él debió pensar lo mismo. Con el tiempo, pienso que él apreciaba mis respuestas, algo de lo que me siento enormemente orgulloso. Una vez, envié una respuesta al caso antes de salir para Madrid (había empeorado una cuñada que estaba ingresada y tuvimos que ir urgentemente). A los pocos minutos de salir , en el tren leí su contestación, “Orgasmic response as usual !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” y su respuesta me alegró algo en tan difíciles momentos. Hace unos años, cuando se desprendió de parte de los libros que tenía le pedí uno, pero le dije que con dedicatoria y no pudo ser más cariñoso. Lo guardaré como un tesoro. Durante muchos años, los casos cada 2 semanas han sido mi contacto con él y con los distintos fellows que ha ido teniendo (Eva, Franti, contigo), siempre he esperado vuestra respuesta con impaciencia y con algo de temor de no encontrar la respuesta correcta. Así, que recibir vuesto “correct” y algún comentario que muchas veces hacíais me subía la moral.

Creo que además de ser un gran maestro de la ecografía ha sido un maestro de la vida. Cuando le comuniqué mi jubilación y mi temor al perder con ella parte de lo que me entretiene tanto (la ecografía), sus consejos han sido para hacerme ver la cantidad de cosas interesantes que se pueden hacer. Sé de sus muchas aficiones (la fotografía, la informática, el trabajo manual de la madera, los viajes, la vida salvaje, etc.), además de su intensa vida familiar, vida que seguro que compartía con sus amigos. Hace unos meses me envió un documento creado por él sobre la crianza de sus hijos. Me da la impresión que su casa, su gran casa, ha estado siempre abierta a su familia y a sus muchos amigos.

No sé que será de la página web, de TheFetus.net, a todos los que aprendemos y disfrutamos con ella nos gustaría enormemente que siguiera adelante, pero el esfuerzo de Philippe por conseguir su continuidad, lo que últimamente ha sido muy complicado, será difícil de seguir. Y en cualquier caso, aunque se haga, será imposible estar a su enorme altura. Pero si lo queréis intentar, Franti y tú, sabed que podéis contar conmigo si necesitáis ayuda, en lo que humildemente pueda hacer.

No sé si tendrás contacto con su familia, con su mujer Thao y sus hijos, Cerine y Danton, Cedric y Emma; si es así, hazles llegar mi pena por su pérdida.

Y a ti, amigo Fede, un fuerte abrazo que me gustaría que hagas llegar también a Franti, 

Javier Cortejoso

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Это была шикарная, потрясающая идея, но неправильная.
Так изящно, стараясь никого не обидеть, говорил профессор, когда мы отвечали мимо.

Сегодня не стало Филиппа Дженти.

Всё мировое сообщество врачей ультразвуковой диагностики в акушерстве скорбит.
Сотни комментариев и соболезнований.
Это была целая эпоха, часть нашей жизни.
Его детище, неиссякаемый ресурс
The Fetus.net, на котором все врачи мира черпали знания. Первый и единственный в своём роде.

Каждые две недели выставляли новый сложный нерядовой случай.

Он заставлял думать, перелопачивать кучу литературы. Помню как просыпалась среди ночи, когда посещало очередное озарение и скорее записывала идею.
И так более 10 лет...

Как с восхищением смотрела на тех, кто оказывался в рейтинге !
И вот в 2011году первая весомая победа ! Счастью не было предела !!!

Самый добрый, простой в общении, Великий Учитель, ты был для нас родным !
УЗ- сообщество осиротело...

Дорогой Филипп, Вы прожили удивительную, насыщенную, яркую, достойную жизнь !
О Вас плачут те, которых Вы вдохновляли и учили.

Так вот, профессор, это была Ваша хорошая идея, но неправильная...

Irina Andrusenko

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I met Philippe in 2012, after learning so much from him trough Thefetus.net. He was, with Rabih Chaoui, our first « foreign speaker » when the CFEF (French College of Fetal Ultrasound) asked me to organize the annual congress. Despite a very tough subject he seduced the audience by his knowledge and kindness. It is a great loss. Be his family assured of our friendship.
Philippe Boukobza
Vice-President of CFEF

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Philippe meant so much to me...when nobody wanted to communicate with us in Serbia, when bombs were falling on us and our children in 1999, he reached out and offered me a position at his practice, invented it, invited the whole family to stay with him...and it all based solely on my correct answers on TheFetus.net and the recognition of dire situation!
We stayed friends for 20 years...every news in life, every joy, every sorrow was shared...he came twice to Serbia, gave us his cds as presents - never again had it happened, no one ever was so generous and so big hearted.
Thefetus.net was the ultimate site where to go to find answers, and no matter how many of new and fancy sites were developed in the meantime, it was the most democratic and honest one...
Only a couple of weeks ago we exchanged mails and news about kids, life, health...travel in peace my dear, dear friend, you will be loved and remembered as long as we all live...
Yours
Aleksandra Novakov Mikic, Serbia
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Il nous a quittés bien trop tôt!
Nous sommes des centaines à avoir bénéficié de la science qu’il a partagée avec une bienveillance sans borne.
Que sa vie continue de l’autre côté dans la Paix.

M Lamarque, Ile de la Réunion
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My deepest condolences to all , but I am sure that Philippe wants to see happy all of us. Philippe is still with us.

 

Koroush Shahsavan

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This is such sad news to loose Philippe!

He inspired me over the last 40 years, shared his knowledge and experience and made it accessible for all of us with an endless curiosity for all the variations in which fetal normalities and abnormalities could present in ultrasound. Master and teacher in bringing structure into the sometimes overwhelming chaos and diversity.

Dear Philippe, you were and will be even more strongly present in the back of my head during scanning. For me as a person starting my career in an anatomic museum , it feels like you are like 'a Fetus in fetu ' (one of your favorite diagnosis) for me.

Rest in peace, 'au revoir' , 'tot ziens' and thank you for everything, you will be missed and not forgotten by many


Annette Reuss, one of your faithfull followers


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No one has ever made most for fetal ultrasound teaching and always with profound generosity and devotion.
All his lectures and papers are brilliant and they radiate common sense (and hard work). TheFetus web page enlightens ways of searching for an exact diagnosis and reveals very useful tricks.
I am honored to have had the opportunity to hear his talk on cardiac drawings in Malaga in 2007 and to shake his hand. He allowed us to collaborate in TheFetus.net with a Case of the Week and helped resolved a genetic condition of a little girl born to a colleague.
There is no need to say that I profoundly admire your work and I thank you for making it available to everyone. You will always be in my thoughts whenever I solve a difficult case or help a pregnant patient. Philippe Jeanty, you will be greatly missed.

Margarita Alvarez de la Rosa
Tenerife. Canary Islands.

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Dear friends and companions,
A few weeks after my father died, I loose now a brother ,a guide and a confident in difficult moments of my life.His  humanity and engagement were exceptional.His creativity and energy incomparable.
He was and remains a great man , staying for ever in my heart.
I share with all of you my deep sorrow
Philippe Deblieck

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I am having a hard time finding the right words to express my thoughts. Even though I didn´t know Philippe personally, his words not only helped and supported me a lot but also made me feel that he was very close to me. I am sure that his kindness affected many lives.
Maybe that is what his life tried to teach us: to share our experience, learn from each other, improve our knowledge, enjoy every second, and always stay kind and humane.

Philippe, thank you for everything...

Petra Turnova, Slovakia
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You will live forever in my thoughts my great friend.

Claudio Coco
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Siento enormemente esta gran pérdida que deja un importante vacío en muchos, pero sobre todo en los que habéis estado tan cerca de él. Espero que su legado persista durante mucho tiempo y que con vuestra ayuda se mantenga viva la web Thefetus con la que tanto aprendemos muchos de nosotros.
Un abrazo muy fuerte

Belén Garrido
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Dear Philippe,

I cannot think of the words to express that emptiness inside me after hearing the news about your death. I got an e-mail from you just on Wednesday and on Thursday You have already passed away.I know you remained with people who knew you . You were always my good friend and I always had this feeling that there is a frined I can write when I wanted to . There is no such feeling anymore. Still I’m writing here to express my feelings, to say that it’s so sad and I'm simply devastated . I was lucky to know you not just as a teacher but also as a person and a friend and I appreciate our friendship so much.I remember when we were going to meet in 2016 you wondered what I would like you to bring me from the US and you brought me two very heavy books that long distance. They were the heaviest things in your luggage. You inspired me to work with enthusiasm,despite the distance between us you were always close and this feeling will remain with me for good and all. I know you are reading these words now like you used to .I will endlessely miss our numerous conversations.

I send my deepest condolences to your family members.
Your faithful friend,
Lusine.
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