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Roger Steven Gammon MD

January 31, 1960August 29, 2021

Roger Gammon, MD

Dr. Roger Steven Gammon, recently retired interventional cardiologist and former director of the Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Research at Austin Heart, died August 29, 2021, surrounded by family at his home in Austin, Texas. After a brief and courageous battle with cancer, Roger departed this life to meet his Savior. He was 61.

Dr. Gammon was born to James and Sue Gammon on January 31, 1960, in Paola, Kansas, and grew up nearby in the small town of Drexel, Missouri. Roger loved music, as he grew up singing in church, and became a proficient trumpeter. A hard worker who excelled as both a scholar and athlete, Dr. Gammon graduated valedictorian of his high school class in 1978, having lettered in three sports, served as class president, band president and president of the National Honor Society.

Encouraged by a teacher to consider medicine, Dr. Gammon enrolled in a six-year B.A./M.D. program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He moved to Dallas in 1984 and completed his internship and residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital (Southwestern Medical School). Widely regarded as a truly exceptional, natural leader by faculty and fellow residents, Dr. Gammon was selected to serve as chief resident in 1987. From 1988-1992, Dr. Gammon completed his clinical cardiology fellowship and interventional cardiovascular training fellowship at Duke University Medical Center, distinguishing himself as an incredibly skilled, rising star in the art of critical care, research and saving lives. It was during his time at Duke that he met his wife, Laura, who was a nurse in the Cardiac Intensive Care unit. The couple moved to Austin in 1992 after Dr. Gammon was recruited by Dr. George Rodgers to join the private cardiology practice of Austin Heart Associates. Within one year, he was acknowledged in the cardiology community as the “go to expert” for coronary and vascular intervention. Always calm, welcoming and confident, Dr. Gammon was a “cardiologist’s cardiologist”. After Austin Heart Associates and Austin Cardiology Consultants merged in 1994, Dr. Gammon became the director of cardiology research for the new Austin Heart, developing a program unrivaled in private practice.

Outside his prolific career, Dr. Gammon was an outdoor enthusiast who cherished family, education and adventure, traveling to more than a dozen countries with Laura and his children. He especially enjoyed hunting, fishing, and farming at his ranch, where he hosted bird hunts for friends and huge family reunions at Thanksgiving. He loved bringing his family to the local Baptist church on Sundays. At home in Austin, Dr. Gammon was a college football fan and proud witness of his childrens’ sporting events, choir concerts, and intellectual pursuits. His greatest joy in life was his family.

Dr. Gammon is survived by his mother Sue; brothers Alan and Randy; wife Laura; five children: Austin, Calvin, Arielle, Alex and Joshua; and three grandchildren.

Dr. Gammon was an outstanding physician whose research and work saved thousands of lives. He was a kind, generous, funny man dearly loved and respected by his colleagues, patients, family and friends.

A special tribute to his life and legacy can be found at: In Memoriam: Roger Gammon, MD https://sites.duke.edu/thepulse/?s=Roger+gammon&submit=

All are invited to attend a Celebration of Life service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2021, at Riverbend Church (Home for Hope) at 4214 N. Capital of Texas Highway in Austin. Dr. John Simpson will present a eulogy, while Sam Crosby of San Saba First Baptist Church will officiate a service in his honor. We ask that people wear masks in order to protect the health and safety of all who will gather.

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  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 16, 2021

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Colette & Steve Brown

October 14, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during these challenging times. Roger was smart, funny, compassionate, and humble, and he was a talented cardiologist who was loved and respected by everyone. It was a privilege to have worked with him and to call him our friend.
Colette and I first met Roger while working at SDMC where we quickly became friends. While it has been many years since we have seen Roger and Laura, we cannot help but laugh while reflecting on the fun times we shared with them. We are holding him and his family in our hearts and lifting them up in our prayers. We will all miss him dearly. 🙏

With love and fond memories,
Colette & Steve


Charlie Webb

October 11, 2021

So sad to hear this! In my career, over the years, Dr Roger Gammon was one of the best cardiologists I ever worked with. Much respect!! I remember he photographed myself and my children, on more than one occasion. We still treasure them to this day! Sincere condolences to Laura, and his whole family...🙏 Charlie Webb

Larry & Christine Hansen

September 30, 2021

Our hearts are deeply saddened to hear of Dr. Gammon’s passing. He treated me for PAD fifteen years ago and remained my cardiologist since. He was a kind, supportive,caring physician and a wonderful human being. Our condolences and prayers are with his family, fiends, and colleagues. He was an amazing physician and we will miss him. May his memory be a blessing to all.

Erin Spousta

September 25, 2021

Roger had the most gentle, patient, yet intensive soul, paired with a keen sense of humor and adventure. I have so many wonderful memories with him and Laura! Roger was the best boss I’ve ever had and a dear friend who will be greatly missed. I worked with Roger at Austin Heart’s Clinical research program twice. And when not conducting research for him, I was helping Laura with the kids when they were quite young. Roger, Laura and the kids were my family-by-choice when I first moved to Austin in 1998. We shared so many wonderful memories together. St. Barth, his 40th birthday party, halloween, babysitting, days at the lake, his laugh (I will never forget the sound of his laugh), his big smile, the list goes on. My heart breaks for Laura and the family, but also for all those lives that Roger touched. He was an amazing physician who cared for my own immediate and extended family members. He was an incredible and generous boss who loved those he worked with. And he was a dear friend to all that came to know him. Roger is and will be deeply missed. Called Home far too soon. My most heartfelt condolences to Laura, his five children, and the Gammon family.

Lisa Tingle

September 21, 2021

Dr. Gammon was one of the most passionate physicians I’ve ever worked with. I also became his patient, as did my father. He worked tirelessly for not only his patients, but his healthcare team as well. It is because of his work, and the love he put into it, that we are all living today. Please know that we are thinking of you through this difficult time, and send you our heartfelt prayers of peace. With love and gratitude. ❤️

Kristina Woodahl

September 21, 2021

Roger was one of the kindest men I have ever known. He truly represented what humble looked and felt like. He was funny, FUN! and understood the human condition unlike any other physician I have known.

Laura, our prayers are with you and the children. Roger will be missed by so many!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY