Talk to a Nurse 1-866-603-MMCT (Monday - Friday, 9am - 7pm ET)

Teams and Walkers

Select A Team:


In Honor of James Kevin Drury, M.D.

Created by Joanna Drury

James Kevin Drury, M.D.

Help us honor our loved one while making a difference in myeloma research.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of James Kevin Drury, M.D., known to everyone as Kevin, on Friday, September 7, 2018, at the age of 68 after a 9 year battle with Multiple Myeloma. He died peacefully at his home in Encino after a lengthy stay in the hospital. We are grateful that he was able to enjoy being with family and friends for a time.

A native of Montreal, Quebec, Kevin received his Medical degree from McGill University, where he met his best friend of 50 years, Joanna. He completed his medical training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the Toronto General and Sunnybrooke Hospitals, where he was Chief Resident. In 1981 he came to Los Angeles for a two-year research fellowship at Cedars. Two years became 37. He joined a cardiology group at Cedars in 1983 and in 1986 started his own practice. He taught at UCLA for a time and mentored residents throughout his career. The outpouring of love from patients over the years is a testament to the caring, compassionate and capable physician he was. His car was often the last one in the Cedars doctor’s parking lot.

Kevin very much enjoyed being with his close-knit family. They enjoyed ski vacations, traveling, watching Trojan football, listening to his extensive jazz collection, cooking, and being at their 2nd home in Mammoth where he would ski and hike. He was a certified scuba diver and introduced his son to the sport so they could dive together. In spite of his declining health, through sheer force of will, Kevin was able to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding on June 1st and give an eloquent speech at the reception.

After their births in 2013 and 2015, his granddaughters took center stage. His greatest pleasure was being with the “the girls” and he couldn’t wait to take them hiking in the Eastern Sierras. But his biggest dream was to take them to Disneyland, something he talked about from the moment the oldest was born.

Kevin will be missed terribly by his wife of 45 years, Joanna (nee Langemeyer), his children Paul (Elizabeth) and Emily (Oliver), his beloved granddaughters Madeline and Lillian, brother Craig (Patty), and sister-in-law Emily (Doug). He will be lovingly remembered by his extended family, friends, patients, fellow physicians at Cedars and all the doctors, nurses and clinical partners involved in his care. They were very fond of him.

We can’t thank Dr. Robert Vescio and his outstanding team enough for their care and attention all these years. We also thank he nurses and staff at the Infusion Center and on 4 South East who could not have been more competent and compassionate

A memorial service will be held at St. Cyril’s Catholic Church, 15520 Ventura Blvd., on October 20 at 1:00 pm. A Celebration of Life will follow at his home.

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), along with its research and medical industry partners, has fueled more studies, initiated more trials, developed more treatments, introduced more medicines, and have had a far greater impact than any other organization on myeloma. While the MMRF has made enormous progress, they still have much to do and cannot continue to do great research without your support.

Please consider joining me to fight multiple myeloma. Together we can make a difference.

About the MMRF:
The mission of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is to find a cure for multiple myeloma by relentlessly pursuing innovation that accelerates the development of next-generation treatments to extend the lives of patients. Founded in 1998 by Kathy Giusti, a multiple myeloma patient, and her twin sister Karen Andrews as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, the MMRF is a world-recognized leader in cancer research. The MMRF continues to disrupt the industry today, as a pioneer and leader at the helm of new research efforts.  Since its inception, the organization has raised over $330 million and directs nearly 90% of the total funds to research and related programs. To learn more, visit

Matching Gifts
Did you know you can double your impact in seconds? Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees.  Find out if your employer offers this benefit! Visit the MMRF Matching Gifts website ( or ask your Human Resources Department!

Guest Book



1. Anonymous
My father (Larry) was a brand new patient when Dr. Drury saved his life by admitting him for observation to Cedars Sinai hospital, where shortly thereafter he experienced a major heart attack which otherwise would surely have been fatal. Dr. Drury cared for my father, now 95, for the following 31 years. - Erik L.
2. Judth Grant
In memory of James Kevin Drury, my (and many others) guardian angel. Your expertise, advice and humor will be greatly missed.
3. Fern Isaacson
In loving memory of Kevin. - Fern & Joseph Isaacson
4. Robert And Lynn Brandt
Memories of our time with Kevin will be forever cherished. We will miss him greatly.
5. Maurine Kornfeld
6. Darlene Horvat
With my heartfelt sympathy, Darlene Horvat
7. Wittenberg Family
We are all heart broken at Dr. Drury's passing. Besides a wonderful professional colleague of mine, 5 family members, including myself, were patients of his. What a hard-working, superb, competent professional.... always working with a smile, even in tough times.......for him and/or for us. He was so proud of all his family members. And who now can we discuss the quality of plot and characters of a Louise Penny book??! May he be in a wonderful place. With big hugs to his family
8. Ellen and Erick
In loving memory of Kevin Drury.
9. Joseph Cannizzaro
To honor J. Kevin Drury who was an excellent doctor. I will miss his care and friendship.
10. Edmunson Family
Such a sad day for Kevin’s life to be over, but such a wonderful life of memories he leaves for so many that he loved and cared for.
11. Kathryn Atchison
Dear Kevin, We miss you and hope that this contribution helps prevent others from the same tragedy. Kathryn Atchison and Bryce Benjamin
12. Karen and Richard Mettel
In honor of Kevin, a fine physician and an extraordinary family man, With our heartfelt sympathies.
13. Nancy and Martin Vandernoot
With our love and deepest sympathy from Nancy and Martin Vandernoot
14. Steve and Valerie Lev
Kevin touched many lives and, truly, made this world a better place. “When you think of me, no need to weep. I am still with you. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints of snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. I fly with birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. When you think of me, no need to cry. I am still with you. I did not die” Valerie and Steve Lev
15. Hubert Frings
Kevin was a true gentleman and a great role model for young men such as our son Oliver, who married Kevin's daughter Emily. We are eternally grateful that Kevin was in our lives and we pray for Joanna and the rest of the family. Hubert and Lian Frings
16. Christine Genero
Dr. Drury was a true healer. He treated my late husband with dignity and respect. I will always be grateful for his kindness and compassion in husband's final days. I am so sorry for his family's loss and the loss to medical community.
17. Robin Vogel
18. Ellen Kaplan
Kevin fought a great battle against this terrible disease. Joanna you and your family are in my thoughts. Kevin will be in your hearts forever and will be missed.
19. Molly Guran Fazeli
We were so sorry to hear about Dr. Drury's passing. A great man and physician. We hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead.
20. Beverly Greene
In memory of a truly great man who will be missed by so many dear friends and family. Thanks to Kevin for the wonderful memories. I'm so happy to have known him and so saddened that his life was cut short.
21. Eugene Yeh
We are so sorry to hear about Dr. Drury's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss
22. Betsy & Christian Gebauer
Dearest Emily, Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. You are in our thoughts.
23. Thomas Blake
In memory of Kevin Drury, a steadfast and compassionate friend.
24. Ed and Nancy Phillips
In memory of Dr. James Drury. Ed and Nancy Phillips
25. Liliane Ransom (grateful patient)
Dear Family Members of Dr. Drury, I would like to express my sincere condolences. I am very sad to hear of his passing, and I will really miss him. I appreciate all he did for me over the many decades that he was my doctor. My twin daughters are very appreciative too. Sincerely, Liliane Ransom
26. Vicki Marsch
Dr. Drury was so wonderful to my mother, Carol Marsch, who passed away May 6. Dr. Drury happened to be working that weekend, and he was wonderful. I remember thinking how good he looked. When I saw him after that in his office, I promised I would bring him candy on his birthday, October 28. He will be greatly missed! Vicki Marsch
27. Anonymous
To the family of James Kevin Drury, We share your sorrow in the loss of this wonderful man and amazing doctor. He was a man of strength, compassion and intelligence who made us feel very special. Barry and Myra Hanish
28. Carol Phillips
29. Veronique Lin
My heartfelt condolences to the whole family. I’ll remember Mr. Drury with fondness always.
I will miss JKD dearly. He has played a major role not only in my life as an employer but in the life of my sibling as a caring physician for years. I see JKD as another sibling in my life. Devotion he had for his work and patients is beyond measure. May his soul rest in peace! Pam
Dear Joanna and family, Deepest condolences. Sincerely, Bill To
32. The Savar Family
In memory of a fine physician, colleague, and friend. Sincerest condolences to Joanna, the children, and grandchildren.
33. Joseph Friedman
A huge loss - to Dr Drury's family and friends, the medical profession, and his patients. I was among them, having just celebrated my 89th birthday, thanks to him. I will always remember his words of wisdom to me approximately four years ago: "Joe, I look at SYMPTOMS, not necessarily tests." That philosophy is what enabled me to continue my life. The latter is a blessing that Dr Drury unfortunately will not enjoy - my wife of 63 years, our children and grandchildren. May he rest in peace, knowing his contribution to many. I will miss him. Cordially, Joe Friedman
34. Ashley Levin
We are so sorry for your loss and sending lots of love.
35. Daniel Zeitman
36. Paul Grodan
In Honor of Kevin a great friend and physician. You will be missed by many!!!
37. David Aftergood
A fine person and a great doctor
38. Jeffrey Goodman
39. Howard C. Lewin, MD and Positron Imaging Partners
In memory of James Kevin Drury, MD

For a Tribute page created prior to January 2017, 
please contact Amy Crawford 652-0221. 
Thank you for your support.


For donations please mail to: 
P.O. Box 414238 
Boston, MA 02241-4238

MMRF Offices: 
383 Main Ave., 5th Floor 
Norwalk, CT 06851

The MMRF is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. 
Tax ID:06-1504413 
Your contribution is tax deductible.