Bryan Daniel Lerner, M.D.
May 30, 1992 - February 28, 2019
Bryan Daniel Lerner, M.D., age 26 of Philadelphia, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, February 28, 2019.
Born in Wilmington, DE on May 30, 1992, he was a son of Neal Brian and Shirley Elizabeth (Munroe) Lerner. Bryan graduated high school from Caravel Academy in 2010. From there, he attended Dickinson College where he graduated in 2014 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society while at Dickinson. In 2018, Bryan graduated from Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University with a Degree of Doctor of Medicine. While in medical school Bryan was a member of Phi Alpha Sigma Medical Fraternity. He continued to pursue his passion for medicine after graduation as an Internal Medicine Resident at Temple University Hospital.
Bryan began playing volleyball during high school with the Delaware Juniors Boys program. Throughout medical school and residency he often continued playing pick-up games with a group from Jefferson. He was also an avid bowler in high school, during which he won the 45th Annual Wilmington Youth Doubles Tournament alongside his brother. Bryan was a devout Philadelphia sports fan – a passion passed on from his parents. He reveled in the chance to party on Broad Street when the Eagles won Super Bowl LII and attended World Series games in Philadelphia in both 2008 and 2009. He was well travelled and enjoyed the outdoors and hiking. The Lerner’s last family trip after Bryan’s graduation from Medical School included hiking in Bryce and Zion National Parks. Bryan was proud to have participated in the volunteer medical organization Floating Doctors in 2018 which provided him the opportunity to travel to Panama and provide much needed medical services to the country’s underserved population
Bryan loved being surrounded by his family and friends and meeting new people. He organized poker leagues and took in every chance to spend time with the people that made him laugh most, where he frequently showcased his quick wit and dry sense of humor. Bryan took pride in looking well dressed and never turned away an opportunity to wear a bowtie. He loved all types of food and was always looking to cook or try something new, of course with fine wines or good beers in hand.
Bryan’s legacy could be said to value the importance of self-care, exercise and to eat right. Bryan had a zest for life and sense of service for others that will live on in those lives he touched forever!
Bryan is survived by his parents, Neal and Shirley Lerner; brother, Kevin Lerner; fiancé, Heather Geist; grandmother, Mildred Munroe; several aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends and colleagues.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9 am until 11 am on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a Celebration of Life will begin at 11 am. Interment will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Bryan’s name to the Delaware Academy of Medicine, who is assisting us in honoring his memory. Checks can be mailed to: Delaware Academy of Medicine, Suite L10, 4765 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19713.