Marina del Rey resident Dr. Antonio De la Cruz of the House Ear Institute and House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles has died. He was 65.
De la Cruz passed away from complications from lymphoma at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles Friday morning, July 31st.
He will be remembered fondly as a kind and caring humanitarian, with a passion not only for helping patients with auditory disorders, but also as someone who cared deeply about sharing medical and scientific knowledge with the worldwide medical community, colleagues said. Over the course of his career, De la Cruz made a positive difference in the lives of thousands of people, colleagues said.
De la Cruz received his doctorate in medicine in 1967 and completed his specialty training in otolaryngology at the University of Miami Hospitals in 1973. After completing his fellowship at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles in 1974, he joined the practice as an associate in January 1975.
In addition to being a world-renowned neurotologist at the House Ear Clinic, De la Cruz served as the House Ear Institute’s director of education, leading professional training programs for hundreds of visiting physicians from around the world in otology/neurotology surgical procedures and practices. He also was an active member of the House Ear Institute’s Board of Trustees since 1984.
“All of us at the House Clinic and House Ear Institute are saddened at the sudden passing of our dear friend and colleague Antonio De la Cruz. I have had the honor of working with Tony since we both arrived at the institute in 1974,” said John House, M.D., president, House Ear Institute and associate, House Clinic.
“He has given so much to so many people all of over the world. He enjoyed his patients and his teaching. He will be missed by all who have been touched by him.”
Colleagues said De la Cruz’s love of teaching extended beyond the institute and clinic to USC’s Keck School of Medicine, where he served as a clinical professor of otolaryngology — head and neck surgery.
De la Cruz was president of the Pan American Congress for 2002 and is a past president of the American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery and the American Otologic Society. Over the course of his accomplished career, he authored numerous publications, journal articles and presentations.
He is survived by his son Anthony Charles, daughter Jeannette, and his longtime companion Nilia Matos and her daughter Gwenael Salha.
A vigil is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, August 8th at Holy Cross Cemetery and Mortuary, 5835 W. Slauson Ave., Culver City. Memorial service is scheduled at 7 p.m. Monday, August 10th at Church of St. Mark, 940 Coeur d’Alene Ave., Venice. A celebration of life will immediately follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be sent to the House Ear Institute, 2100 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90057.