Dr. Richard K. Root, Founding Chief of University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases
Dr. Richard K. Root, the founding chief of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Infectious Diseases Division in the 1970s, passed away recently at the age of 68. Dr. Root was killed by a crocodile in Botswana in Southern Africa during a 2-month assignment with the Penn-Botswana program. Dr. Root was teaching at the Princess Marina Hospital in the capital city of Botswana, Gaborone, and providing medical care for patients, many of whom were infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Dr. Root most recently served as professor and vice chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Washington and chief of medical service at the University of Washington Medical School. Dr. Root had held emeritus status since 2002.
Yale School of Medicine Neurologist Lawrence M. Brass, MD
Yale University School of Medicine neurologist Lawrence M. Brass, MD, died recently from lung cancer at the age of 49. Dr. Brass, an internationally recognized stroke expert, was a professor in the departments of Neurology and Epidemiology and Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine. He also served as chief of neurology at the West Haven Veterans Administration Medical Center and as …