The Brazilian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (Sociedade Brasileira de Getriatria e Gerontologia - SBGG) deeply regrets the loss of the geriatrician Renato Maia Guimarães in the dawn of Feb 10th 2020. As memory and deference are needed, Dr. Renato contributed significantly to the development of national and international practices on geriatrics. Graduated in Medicine, Dr. Renato specialized in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Birmingham, and obtained a master's degree in Health Sciences at the University of Brasília, this latter institution where he served as volunteer professor of Geriatrics from 1990 to 2010. Between 1997 and 2000, he acted as national president of the SBGG whereas, between 2002 and 2004, he served as president of the sectional branch of SBGG at the Brazilian Federal District. Between 2005 and 2009, he served as president of the International Association for Gerontology and Geriatrics - IAGG, figuring as the only South American geriatrician so far to have held this position. Dr. Renato also stood out for having chaired the Academy of Medicine of Brasília (Brazil) from 2016 to 2018. With such vigor and enthusiasm, Dr. Renato elegantly and efficiently co-opted successive generations of medical and non-medical professionals to pursue geriatric and gerontological practices with excellence and humanism. His personal example inspired and motivated everyone who lived with him. Since the beginning of the 2000s, Dr. Renato has been in charge of structuring and practicing medicine at the Multidisciplinary Center for the Older Adult at the University Hospital of Brasília, having acted on this service until 2010.
In our memories, Dr. Renato will remain a unique man, example of unmatched nobility, generosity, elegance and wisdom.