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Headache patients everywhere lost an ally and advocate recently with the passing of Dawn A. Marcus, MD . Dawn was born on July 13, 1961. She completed her medical education at the State University of New York at Syracuse in 1986, where she met her future husband, Richard. Over the next several years they welcomed to their family two sons, Steven in 1989 and then Brian a year later. After medical school she completed a transitional year at St. Joesph's in Syracuse waiting for Richard to graduate. They then moved to Pittsburgh when she completed her residency in Neurology and Richard in Nephrology. In 1990 she joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, most recently achieving the rank of Professor in the Department of Anesthesia. Since joining the faculty at UPMC she authored over 100 articles and nine books on headache, chronic pain and her most recent interest, therapy dogs.

Dr. Marcus was the 2002 National Headache Foundation Lectureship Award recipient and the 2007 Excellence in Media Award. In 2013 she was named one the top 10 social–health makers for driving the online conversation on migraines and headaches.

Dawn's physical presence left us on October 19, 2013. She is survived by her loving husband of 28 years Richard and her sons, Steven and Brian. She was also the alpha female for her precious Wheaton terriers Wheatie and Toby. Dawn's family asked that any remembrances be contributed to the Canine Support Team's Pawz for Wounded Veterans, P.O. Box 891767, Temecula, CA 92589-1767 orwww.caninesupportteams.org.

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