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January 2017

In Memoriam: Donald H. Gilden, MD (1937-2016)

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Neurology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora
JAMA Neurol. 2017;74(1):132-133. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2016.4634

Donald H. Gilden, MD, passed away at the age of 79 years on August 22, 2016, after a long battle with renal cell carcinoma. He remained active as the director of a major National Institutes of Health–funded research laboratory in the Department of Neurology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine until the time of his death. Don had previously served as the second chair of the University of Colorado’s Department of Neurology, a position he held for nearly a quarter of a century (1985-2009) before relinquishing his administrative duties to devote his full-time efforts to his research program on the biology of varicella-zoster virus (VZV). During his tenure, the department grew into one of the nation’s leading academic neurology programs.