Roy Bakay, MD, 1949-2013

Roy Bakay, MDRush University Provost Thomas Deutsch, MD, and Department of Neurosurgery Chairperson Richard Byrne, MD, shared the following note with Rush staff members earlier today:

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Roy A.E. Bakay, MD, the A. Watson Armour III and Sarah Armour Presidential Professor, passed away on Sept. 5 after a long battle with stomach cancer.

A neurosurgeon, Roy was a leading authority on Parkinson’s disease and specialized in surgery for movement disorders. He was instrumental in developing new applications of stereotactic surgery for Parkinson’s tremors. His research focused on neural tissue transplantation and gene therapy techniques that spanned a career over 40 years.

Roy received numerous awards and honors, including the AMA Physician Recognition Award, the Philip Gildenberg Award and the Molly and Bernard Sanberg Memorial Award. After graduation from Northwestern University Medical School, he began his career in academic medicine, writing four books, 56 chapters, more than 153 journal articles and 314 other publications.

Earlier this year, Roy participated in the creation of an instructional video for new medical students and house staff using his personal experiences as a patient to offer a unique perspective on the care and sensitivities a physician must bring to his or her interactions with patients.

Outside the Medical Center, Roy enjoyed a rich personal life, filled with international travel, deep sea fishing and Chicago sports. He is survived by his four children, Mark, Scott, Candace and Jacqueline, and his first grandson Maximillion.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Rush University Medical Center for Parkinson’s disease research. Please send memorial gifts to Rush University Medical Center, 1700 W. Van Buren St., Suite 250, Chicago, IL 60612 or visit

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