Monday, January 7, 2013

Dr. Bill Weiner: Eminent Scientist, Independent Voice and True Friend

Last month, the Parkinson's community lost a dear member, one who dedicated his career to the treatment of the disease. William J. "Bill" Weiner, M.D.,  known to many at the University of Maryland where he served as Chairman of Neurology and the Director of the Maryland Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center, passed away on December 29, 2012.

Involved in treatment trials for Parkinson's disease since levodopa in the 1960s, Bill was truly one of a kind in his profession – a fine scientist and a dedicated clinician who was committed to thinking for himself and to expressing his views fearlessly just as they were, arrived at not through crowd-sourced conventional wisdom but through his own learned, astringent, original, independent analysis.  You always knew where you were with Bill, and that he would give it to you straight, with kindness and yet with humor, and from principle rather than from special interest – his own or any other.

We all are grieving with Bill's family, including his wife Lisa Shulman, a fellow Parkinson's scientist/clinician, and treasuring the memories of the philosopher and teacher we all knew.

Please feel welcome to share any of your memories below.

See 2006 Interview with Dr. Weiner in PDF News & Review

Photo credit: American Academy of Neurology.

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