The Migraine and headache world experienced a great loss this week when Dr. Fred Sheftell died following a long and brave fight with cancer. In the photo to the right, that's Dr. Sheftell on the right with Dr. John Claude Krusz and me.
Dr. Sheftell filled many roles during his life...
- husband to Karen
- father to Lauren and Jason
- Migraine and headache specialist
- author - 11 books and over 200 peer-reviewed articles
- co-founder of the New England Center for Headache
- past president of the American Headache Society
- founder of the World Headache Alliance
- a member of the Migraine Research Foundation's Medical Advisory board
- chairman of ACHE the American Headache Society's Committee for Headache Education
Fred was also my friend and mentor. When I told him that I had a contract with HarperCollins to write Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches, he offered to write the forward, and from then on, it was "our book." He welcomed me to American Headache Society meetings, was always willing to answer any questions I had, and always challenged me to figure things out and keep learning. The other day, I described him as, "Widsom, knowledge, generosity, and kindness -- all wrapped up in a package with arms that were quick with a hug."
Today, the Migraine Research Foundation send out a notice saying, "It is with profound sadness that MRF mourns the death of Dr. Fred Sheftell. A member of our Medical Advisory Board since 2007, Dr. Sheftell was a visionary leader, a Migraine activist, a wise advisor, and a champion of MRF. He will be sorely missed."
Fred was also a great musician. He combined his talent for music with his passion for treating Migraine and other headache disorders to do a CD called Migraine Blues that was originally for continuing medical education. Later, videos of the songs were released on YouTube and the songs were released on iTunes. Here's the video of the title song, Migraine Blues:
I'm going to miss Fred a great deal. He was truly one of the "good guys." I hope you'll watch the video above and join me in celebrating his life. If you knew him and want to do something in his memory, his family has asked that donations be made to the American Migraine Foundation.
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© Teri Robert, 2011
Last updated April 14, 2011