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In Memory of Dr. Andrew Parsa


Dr. Andrew Parsa

National Brain Tumor Society is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Andrew (Andy) Parsa yesterday morning, April 13, 2015. Dr. Parsa had been serving as Chairman of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, having previously been a Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of California at San Francisco.

Dr. Parsa was a highly regarded and respected researcher, neurosurgeon, and member of the field. He was a pioneer in immunotherapy research and the National Brian Tumor Society is honored to have supported him in the past through a basic research grant and the Roth Chair of Research to fund animal studies of his “Heat Shock protein vaccine development” for brain tumors, in addition to a multi-year, public-private partnership through the SPORE Collaborative to begin testing his vaccine. This research is now in clinical trials with the biotechnology company Agenus.

Dr. Parsa’s passing is a great loss to the brain tumor community and research field. While we mourn his loss, we will remember Dr. Parsa as an innovator in this field and a committed clinician and researcher who dedicated his career to helping improve the lives of brain tumor patients. His contributions to the field won’t be forgotten.


  • Jen Abrahamson says:

    I am so saddened to read this news. I first met Dr. Parsa in September 2002 at UCSF when my husband, of 6 weeks, was diagnosed with an oligodendroglioma. Dr. Parsa operated on my husband in 2002, 2007 and 2011. Dr, Parsa’s welcoming nature put us at such ease and we knew right away we had chosen the right surgeon. I am in shock to learn of his passing and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  • Kimberlie Donaldson Zapien says:

    Dr. Parsa did my first Brain Surgery in Oct. of 2004. I have never had a Doctor that was so kind, understanding & all around just an all around amazing Surgeon.
    I had to have a 2nd Brain Surgery in March of 2015.
    Once I arrived at UCSF, I asked if Dr. Parsa was still there. They informed me that he had gone back to Chicago.
    I was extremely heartbroken when I found out that he had passed away…
    God bless you Dr. Parsa. You will be so missed by so many. R.I.P.

    Kimberlie Zapien

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