Dr. Komorowski retiring
By AMY KALVIG
Throughout his career, he delivered well over 10,000 babies, while focusing on preventative medicine for women.
It’s been a remarkable career, but it’s time for this obstetrician/gynecologist to settle down and retire, so by the end of 2012, Frank Komorowski, M.D., will retire.
“I’m retiring for medical reasons,” he said recently.
Komorowski was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December of 2010, and had surgery the next month.
After undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and another chemotherapy, things seemed to be going well until this past September, when he learned the cancer had metastasized to his liver.
Then, last month, while undergoing another round of chemotherapy, Komorowski developed pneumonia. It was at that time that he, and his wife, Dr. Mary J. Wall, discussed his retirement.
“I want this to be a smooth transition, and to make sure my patients are well taken care of,” Komorowski said.
He plans to see patients until the end of December, then his office will remain open, but no patients will be seen.
“At the start of 2013, it will be time to get the rest of my life in order,” he said.
He and his wife, a radiologist and attorney, have been married for 30 years.
“I always joke and say, ‘It’s been the best 25 years of my life,’” he said with a chuckle.
Komorowski spoke passionately of his two sons, Michael and John, and his wife.
“Besides being my wife, she is also my best friend,” Komorowski said through tears.
Making sure that his sons and wife are situated is part of what Komorowski plans to accomplish during his retirement.
“My wife won’t be burdened with anything,” he said.
But getting his affairs in order isn’t all he has planned for his retirement.
“I have several projects lined up,” he said. “Ten years ago, I created a “bucket list,” but I took another look at it, and realistically scratched a few things from the list.”
Some of the things that remain on that list are a trip to Paris, France, a week in Spain and a river tour of Moscow-St. Petersburg.
“And there are a couple of books I’d like to write,” Komorowski said. “I’ve been a published author, having written a book called Electron Probe Microanalysis, but that was a long time ago, and the book is out of print now.”
Such a topic may seem strange, until one realizes that Komorowski’s first degrees were in mathematics and metallurgical engineering.
“I worked for two years at Boeing as a materials engineer,” he said.
He made a switch to study medicine after he became less interested in that field.
“I studied medicine at the oldest medical school in the world,” Komorowski said of the University of Salamanca, in Spain, which has been around since the 14th century.
His decision to study medicine stemmed from an altruistic perspective.
“I like to think I’m old school in that I went into the field to help people,” Komorowski said.
And, he decided to study obstetrics and gynecology because of the nature of the field.
“It’s a nice field to go into. Gynecology is the stalwart of preventative healthcare,” he said. “The patients you see are, for the most part, healthy, and, are looking to stay healthy.”
Women, in general, are good at getting their annual exams, but, “men just don’t do that,” he added.
Komorowski, who has an honorary law degree from Widener University, also said that there is much joy in his field of medicine.
“I’ve helped to bring over 10,000 babies into the world,” he said with a smile.
It can also be said that Dr. Komorowski has changed many lives for the better.
“I’ve been able to cure many problems via surgery,” he said.
Another aspect of Komorowski’s life that enables him to help is through his dedication to altruism.
A wine connoisseur, Dr. Komorowski, and his wife have developed a deep appreciation for fine wine.
“At one point in time, we owned around 49,000 bottles of wine,” he said, indicating that he currently owns about eight to 10,000 bottles.
Much of the wine Komorowski owns comes from Europe, and, more specifically, Germany.
“We came to know a family there who had a nice wine cellar,” he said, explaining that Europeans don’t move around as often as Americans do, so the wine stays in the same family, and in the same cellars for decades, which, ultimately, maintains the integrity of the wine.
Komorowski’s passion for wine extends beyond his own enjoyment.
“We use the wine cellar a lot for donations to charity,” he said.
The biggest event in which the Komorowskis partake is the Nashville Wine Auction’s l’Eté du Vin which is held annually in Nashville to help raise money for the American Cancer Society for Children.
“At l’Eté du Vin, they auction off dinners, trips and wine,” Komorowski explained. “It raises about $1 million for them, and we like that it’s for the children.”
Other organizations to which Komorowski donates wine include the Lyric Opera in Chicago, Russian Orchestra in San Francisco and Meals on Wheels.
Komorowski’s office, 1355 W. Main St., Suite D, Bellevue, will remain open for the transferring of patients, but no patients will be seen after Jan. 1.