Loss of Beloved Pain Physician
Dawn A. Marcus, MD

Neurologist, devoted pain community advocate and friend of PainPathways, Dawn Marcus, MD, passed away Saturday, October 19, at age 52. Dr. Marcus was a beloved wife, mother and volunteer who will be greatly missed by many, including our team.

As a friend of and contributor to PainPathways, Dr. Marcus provided research on pets and pain that was featured in our summer 2012 issue, and she was scheduled to host this month’s Facebook chat on living with the pain of fibromyalgia.

Dr. Marcus’s energy was endless and her willingness to helping others inspiring. Her career as a neurologist was dedicated to helping people in pain and writing extensively about it. One of her books, The Woman’s Fibromyalgia Toolkit: Manage Your Symptoms and Take Control of Your Life, was a source for the pain quiz in this winter’s issue.

Anyone who knew Dr. Marcus knows how much she loved her terriers, often taking them to hospitals and pain clinics to cheer patients and staff. She was healthy and active to the end, cycling in the Alps only a few weeks before her death.

To honor Dr. Marcus, contributions can be made to Canine Support Team’s Pawz for Wounded Veterans, P.O. Box 891767, Temecula, CA 92589-1767 or www.caninesupportteams.org.


Dr. Marcus graduated from the State University of New York at Syracuse medical school in 1986. She completed a neurology residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and was a diplomat of the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry.

Since 1990, she was a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh medical center, and was a professor in the Department of Anesthesiology. She cared for patients with a variety of chronic pain complaints at the Pain Evaluation and Treatment Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, where she developed a multidisciplinary headache program.