Neurosurgeon Dr Greg Foltz (1963 - 2013)

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.

For further information, The Puget Sound Business Journal reported today the sad news of the passing of Dr. Foltz, and last weeek published a full profile on Dr. Foltz.

The NWNN will dedicate its next Neuro-Networking event on July 10 to the memory of Dr. Foltz, where we will have a panel discussion on glioblastoma.  RSVP using Eventbrite at this link.

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



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