Written by Donna Duffy Friday, 29 March 2013 00:00
Dr. Stuart L. Yunis, a pioneer in the field of nephrology, passed away on March 16. He was 79 years old.
Dr. Yunis was a well-respected physician – and a beloved family man. He left Dartmouth following his third year, receiving early admission to SUNY Syracuse medical school. After graduation, he became chief resident at LIJ and later became double board certified in both internal medicine and nephrology. Dr. Yunis founded a very successful medical practice in Lake Success with specialists in every field. He also created the first in-house dialysis department at LIJ and later moved to St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, where he launched the in-house dialysis unit.
He received many awards recognizing his accomplishments in medicine. At a moving service at Temple Beth Sholom in Roslyn, led by Rabbi Alan B. Lucas, Dr. Yunis’ grandson Sam Broner noted to the many mourners, “He really listened and always asked insightful questions, even until the end.”
Sinai Chapels arranged a military burial for Dr. Yunis, a captain in the U.S. Army with honorable discharge, at Beth David Cemetery.
Considered heroic and brilliant by his family and all who knew him, he is survived by his wife, Victoria Schneps-Yunis, publisher of a multi-media company that includes The Queens Courier and Brooklyn Home Reporter, seven children, and 14 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Dr. Stuart Yunis’ memory to Life’s WORC, the Lara Rebecca Schneps Fund (www.lifesworc.org); and Amani Global Works (amaniglobalworks.org).