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Parkinson’s Foundation Mourns the Passing of Lewis P. Rowland, M.D.

The Parkinson’s Foundation mourns the loss of Lewis P. “Bud” Rowland, M.D., Emeritus member of its Board of Directors and longtime champion of its work to end Parkinson’s. Dr. Rowland, who also served as President of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) division of the Parkinson’s Foundation for many years, passed away on March 16.

Dr. Rowland spent a 50-year career in neurology, driving advances in care and research. He played a major role in building the Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence at Columbia University Medical Center into the powerhouse it is today, in part by recruiting world-renowned Parkinsonologist Stanley Fahn, M.D., as its Chairman of Neurology.

A leader in the field, he also served as President of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Neurological Association, editor of the journal Neurologyand editor of Merritt's Textbook of Neurology, the leading textbook used by neurologists-in-training.

Under Dr. Rowland’s leadership at the PDF division, the organization grew from a $1 million budget to $10 million, becoming a leading national presence in Parkinson’s research, education and advocacy. In recognition for his contributions, Dr. Rowland received the PDF division Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

“As the heart, soul and head of neurology in the US, Bud led the field into the modern molecular era, benefiting countless numbers of people with Parkinson’s,” said Stanley Fahn, M.D., member, Parkinson’s Foundation Board of Directors and former Scientific Director of the PDF division. “Above all, he was a generous and kind-hearted human being. We offer our deepest condolences to his wife, Esther, and his family.”

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