Dr. Max Gomez, CBS New York Medical Reporter Dies at 72

Dr. Max Gomez won New York Emmy Awards, Philadelphia Emmys, UPI honour for Best Documentary

By Jean Valjean September 05, 2023
Dr. Max Gomez, CBS New York Medical Reporter Dies at 72
Dr. Max Gomez, CBS New York Medical Reporter Dies at 72

Dr. Max Gomez is no more.

Dr. Max Gomez, a beloved chief medical correspondent for CBS New York who served for many years, passed away on Saturday after a protracted illness, according to the station. He was 72.

From 1994 until 1997, Gomez worked as a medical reporter and health editor for WCBS-TV. In June 2007, he returned as the top medical correspondent for CBS New York.

He formerly worked as the health and science editor for Philadelphia's WNBC-TV, WNEW-TV, and KYW-TV.

“Dr. Gomez was deeply loved and respected in our newsroom, by medical professionals he worked with, patients who shared their stories with him and our viewers. He was our in-house consultant for whatever ailed us, eager to help, genuinely concerned and never thought twice about going the extra mile,” the channel said in a tribute to Gomez on its website announcing his death.

His academic track was in health and science, but his depth of medical knowledge and easy, relatable style combined to develop his strong broadcast presence.”

For New Yorkers, Gomez was a well-known and reliable figure who helped them get through the worst of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Throughout his career, he received numerous New York Emmy Awards, Philadelphia Emmy Awards, a UPI award for Best Documentary for a program on AIDS, and an Excellence in a Time of Crisis Award from the New York City Health Department following 9/11.

The Marfan Foundation and the Leukemia Society of America also gave him national television journalism prizes. He was selected the Man of the Year by the American Health Foundation and placed in the 1986 NASA Journalist In Space semifinals.

Gomez also served on the national boards of the American Heart Association, Princeton Alumni Weekly, and the Partnership for Afterschool Education.

She is a co-author of three health and science books. Along with medical students and doctors interested in medical journalism, he also mentored undergraduate journalists.