Obituaries: Michael Robin Flick, M.D., J.D.

  • Wednesday January 17, 2024
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Michael Robin Flick, M.D., J.D.
Michael Robin Flick, M.D., J.D.

February 26, 1946 — January 3, 2024

Michael Robin Flick passed peacefully with his life partner, Bob Bush, at his side. Born in Washington, D.C., Michael attended Colégio Americano (American High School) in Mexico City, Mexico, and Duke. He received his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University. His son, Andy, was born during his pulmonary training at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He met Bob during his research fellowship at the UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute in 1978. Both were early members of Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights, or BAPHR.

In 1980, Michael joined the UCSF Pulmonary Faculty at San Francisco General Hospital. He was the director of the Medical-Respiratory Intensive Care Unit (5R) from 1985-1989. There he ensured that all AIDS patients were treated with dignity and respect, and that their chosen partners and family were given preference for visitation and involvement in care decisions.

In 1989, Michael entered UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law (now Berkeley Law), to study the ethics of law. He was editor in chief of the California Law Review 1991-1992. His comment, "The Due Process of Dying," argued that management of death and dying needed to be left to patients and their physicians and not involve lawyers or courts.

In later years Michael wrote, read, and traveled, always looking for a great meal and new adventure. A memorial celebration of Michael's life will be held. Contact Bob at [email protected] for details.

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