Remembering Dr. Marcus

Over this past weekend we received the tragic news of the sudden and unexpected death of a dear friend and regular contributor, Dr. Dawn Marcus. We are stunned and saddened by her loss. When we first started back in 2010, Dr. Marcus was one of the first physicians to join us as a contributor because she had an unrelenting desire to reach and help as many migraine patients as she possibly could.

Dr. Marcus had a strong belief in the connection of healthy living and overall health, and she devoted much of her work to assessing and improving patients quality of life and studying the impact of chronic diseases like migraine on life, relationships and career.

One of Dr. Marcus’ passions was her love for dogs and their ability to help people heal, and she had written a number of books and articles on this topic. Given that, it is not surprising that her family has asked that in lieu of other traditional condolences, that those wanting to honor her memory make contributions to Canine Support Team’s Pawz for Wounded Veterans, P.O. Box 891767, Temecula, CA 92589-1767 or

Here are a few thoughts about Dr. Marcus from some of our Patient Advocates:

“Dawn Marcus was deeply devoted to helping patients, and her loss leaves a vacuum in the Migraine and headache community that will be felt for a very long time to come,” said Ellen Schnakenberg. “I was blessed to meet and get to know her as a result of her physician advocate activities which were so characteristically aimed at creating a better world for patients.  My thoughts and prayers are with her family and those she loved, and I thank them for loaning her to the community that will profoundly miss her.”

“Dawn Marcus was an amazing woman - a meticulous researcher, compassionate Migraine and headache specialist, and a wonderful friend,” said Teri Robert. “She will be sorely missed and remembered with great love.”

Personally, I worked with Dr. Marcus on a number of research projects, not only in migraine, but also fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis, and I always admired her unquestioned dedication to patients, her intelligence, her wit and her wonderfully warm nature.

Dr. Marcus leaves behind a loving family, and our deepest sympathies go out to the Marcus family.

Rest in peace Dr. Marcus. We will all miss you deeply.

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