Arthur Asbury, Neurology
Arthur Knight Asbury, HON’15, Van Meter Professor Emeritus of Neurology, Perelman College of Medicine, Former Interim Dean and Associate Dean of the School, Former Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, and University of Pennsylvania 2015 Honorary Degree Died October 19 of prostate cancer and dementia. he was 93 years old.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio to two physicians, Dr. Asbury was raised at Forest Retreat, a historic Thoroughbred ranch in Carlisle, Kentucky. He attended Phillips His Academy High School in Andover, Massachusetts, and received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Kentucky in 1951. As an instructor, he belongs to the First Guided Missile Group. He then graduated cum laude from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine in 1958, completed an internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and from 1963 to 1965 he held research and clinical fellowships at that hospital and Harvard Medical School. In 1969, he became chief of the Department of Neurology at the San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center. At the same time, he was first Associate Professor, then Professor and Vice Chair of Neurology, and Professor of Pathology at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine.
In 1974, a year-long national survey elected Dr. Asbury chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. During his first ten years at the University of Pennsylvania, he was active in his field, becoming a leading investigator of peripheral neuropathies such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, authoring a book and his over 100 articles on the subject. I have written. He resigned his chairmanship in 1982 and was appointed Professor Van Meter the following year (almanac January 17, 1984). However, his leadership in Penn’s medical system was far from over.almanac July 12, 1988. April 11, 1989), after which he served as Vice Dean for Research for three years and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs for four years. Dr. Asbury, who retired in 1997 and held an honorary post, remained active at Penn University, and from 2000 to 2001 he again served as Interim Dean of the School of Medicine (almanac February 22, 2000).
Dr. Asbury continued as a faculty member of the medical school and was awarded Penn’s Lindbach Award in 2000.almanac April 18, 2000). I looked for a resident at the University of Pennsylvania because Dr. Asbury was president. He was known as an excellent clinician and teacher,” wrote the resident. “He was and still is a consummate traditional academic clinician.” As one student said: Asbury’s importance as a mentor has never diminished. I still rely on him when I need help with a particularly difficult clinical problem. He is a strong advocate for young scientists and personifies good education. The School of Medicine annually establishes the Arthur K. Asbury Distinguished Faculty Leadership Award and the Arthur Knight His Asbury Professorship in Neurology, whose portrait hangs on his second floor in the Penn’s Clinical Research Building.
At the University of Pennsylvania and in the field, Dr. Asbury was noted for his clinical and experimental studies in patients with peripheral neuropathy, particularly those seen in chronic renal failure, and diabetes and Guillain-Barré syndrome. This research continues to influence a wide range of treatments, all the way to the swine flu vaccine.Over the course of his career, his work has been published in more than 230 of his articles, chapters and books. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, headed many editorial boards, Neurological AnnalsDr. Asbury has served on the boards of the World Federation of Neurology, the American Society of Neurology, and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Royal College of Medicine. Dr. Asbury has received the Penn Health System IS Ravdin Master Clinicalian Award, the World Federation of Neurology’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia’s Achievement Award. For several years in the 1990s, Dr. Asbury held an annual best doctor in america Publishing. In 2015, Penn awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Science (almanac February 17, 2015).
Dr. Asbury skied, played tennis, golfed, and had a Phillies season ticket. He enjoyed the Philadelphia Orchestra and he and his family vacationed in Maine.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn. his daughters Dana and Lindia; his son, Will; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. sisters; and other relatives. Contributions in his name he may make to GBS-CIDP Foundation International, 375 East Elm St., Suite 101, Conshohocken, PA 19428. Penn Medicine Hospice Services, 150 Monument Rd., Suite 300, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004; Arthur K. Asbury Accelerator Fund, Penn Medicine Development, 3535 Market St., Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104.