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.