July 1, 2013
Today the NW NeuroNeighborhood community is deeply saddened by the news that Dr. Greg Foltz has died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Dr. Foltz was a beloved neurosurgeon and brain cancer researcher at Swedish Neuroscience Institute, where he served as the Director of the Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment.
Finally, with permission we share a kind note from Dr. Tony Blau about the death of his colleague Dr. Greg Foltz.
Date: July 1, 2013, 8:25:53 AM PDT
From: Tony Blau
Subject: Greg Foltz (1963 – 2013)
Many of you will have by now learned of the death of a cherished friend and colleague Greg Foltz, a neurosurgeon and physician-scientist who served as Director of the Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at Swedish Medical Center. Greg died last evening of pancreatic cancer.
Greg is not only the most remarkable person that I have ever known, but he is one of the most remarkable figures that I have ever heard of.
Diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer himself more than 4 years ago, Greg hid his own illness while giving his all to bring the latest scientific advances to his patients with brain cancer. He treated, befriended and consoled hundreds of terminally ill cancer patients while knowing that he himself had an almost uniformly fatal disease. And he did that every day for more than 4 years.
Greg was a hero. Nothing I can say can add or detract from his magnificent legacy.
C. Anthony Blau MD
Professor of Medicine/Hematology
Adjunct Professor of Genome Sciences
Co-Director, Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine
University of Washington