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A Message from the Executive Vice President, Provost and Dean, School of Medicine

September 28, 2015

Keith Bly, MDIt is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of our friend and colleague, Dr. Keith P. Bly, Associate Professor of Pediatrics.  Dr. Bly died at home on September 27, 2015, surrounded by family and friends.  A member of our Department for over 20 years, Keith was known for his wit, practical wisdom, and clinical acumen. 

Dr. Bly was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at Case Western Reserve University. He began residency training in Pediatrics at UTMB in 1993; was Chief Resident from 1996 to 1997; and then joined the faculty in the Departments of Pediatrics and Surgery as a pediatric emergency room physician. In 2008, he became Director of the Division of Pediatric Urgent Care and, in 2013, was appointed as the Pediatric Residency Program Director.

Throughout his career at UTMB, Dr. Bly was extremely committed to the education of residents and students.  He served as Co-Director of the School of Medicine Year 1 Practice of Medicine Course and the School of Medicine Clinical Skills Course.  He was a frequent lecturer and an enthusiastic bedside teacher and mentor.  On two occasions, he was awarded the “Golden Rattle” by pediatric residents in recognition of his clinical teaching.  He also received the clinical bedside teaching award from the McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine. For many years he co-wrote a weekly feature column in the Galveston County Daily News entitled “Keeping Kids Healthy”.  He served on the Board of Directors and was Medical Director of the Rainbow Connection, a local non-profit group serving the needs of children living with cancer and blood disorders and their families.

He loved his family, his friends, Apple computers, and children.  Our sympathies go to his wife, Amy; children, Cameron, Justin, and Charlotte; his parents and siblings; and to all his friends and co-workers who will miss him greatly. 

Services will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at Saint Patrick’s Church in Galveston, Texas.  Visitation will be at noon with memorial service at 1 p.m., and reception following.  Memorial donations can be sent to Rainbow Connection, PO Box 17176, Galveston, TX 77552 or online at

Please join me in extending our sincerest sympathy to Dr. Bly’s family, friends and colleagues.

Sincerely yours,

Danny O. Jacobs, MD, MPH, FACS
Executive Vice President, Provost andDean of the School of Medicine
Thomas N. & Gleaves T. James Distinguished Chair

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