Jack L. Gluckman, M.D.

Date of Passing: September 7, 2022

The Association was notified that a valuable Fellow, Dr. Jack L. Gluckman, passed on September 7, 2022 at his home in Hyde Park Ohio. Dr. Gluckman was proposed for Active Fellowship by Drs. Eugene Myers and Lauren Holinger in 1991. He requested a change to Emeritus Fellowship and was granted the elevation in 2010.

Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Dr. Gluckman graduated from the University of Cape Town with his medical degree in 1967. He would immigrate to the United States in 1977 where he was accepted into the fellowship training program in head and neck oncology at the University of Cincinnati Medical School. Upon completion of this training, Dr. Gluckman was appointed to the rank of assistant professor. In 1985, he became a tenure professor and six years later, he was appointed the department’s chairperson.

Considered a giant in his field of head and neck oncologic surgery, Dr. Gluckman served on several board of directors of numerous academic societies. As the author of ten books – many of which are used in today’s academic programs of otolaryngology. He also authored or co-authored 290 scientific papers. Among the many prestigious awards he was presented, he received the Drake Medal that is the highest award offered by the University of Cincinnati and an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh for contributions to cancer surgery. However, Dr.Gluckman was most proud of the local Health Care Hero Award for Best Clinical Practitioner bestowed upon him.

Dr. Gluckman showed much compassion toward his patients while exhibiting a huge degree of human and candor. Recognized as a central figure in the lives of so many, Dr. Gluckman’s circle of friends was immeasurable. He loved traveling the world with his wife and family especially on safari in his beloved home country, Africa and to his home in Lake Tahoe. Not only was he passionate and skilled in surgery, he loved to fly fish, golf and ski or spending time watching the Cincinnati Bengals.
Among those left to cherish his life and memory are his wife, Vickie; children, Nick, Kate, Simon, Jonathan, Samantha, and Eddie; 13 grandchildren; brothers, Jonty and Danny; along with the countless doctors he mentored throughout his career.