Dear Faculty, Fellows, Residents and Colleagues,

It is with much sadness that I write you about Dr. Ab Guha’s passing away following a lengthy battle with leukemia.

Dr. Guha joined the neurosurgical faculty at the Toronto Western Hospital in 1993, following residency training in Toronto and a research fellowship at Harvard University. He was a gifted neurosurgeon and caring clinician, whose skills were valued deeply by his patients and peers.

He rose quickly through our Division ranks and was made Full Professor in 2001 and appointed as the Alan & Susan Hudson Chair in Neurooncology the following year. He became one of the most renowned surgeon-scientists, not only from our Division but also across the University of Toronto and University Health Network, for his major contributions to the field of signal transduction in human glial neoplasms.

He was also a tireless volunteer for his native community, and made a major contribution to developing a neurosurgical hospital in Kolkata.

Above all, Ab was a cherished friend and colleague, who served our Division and our neurosurgical profession with much honor and distinction for almost 20 years. His kindness, humor and strength in adversity inspired and touched the lives of so many along the way.

In speaking to him a few days before his death, he was peaceful, and while not having accomplished all that he wanted because he ran out of time, he was proud of his professional accomplishments and especially proud of his family. We will miss him dearly. Please join us in honoring his memory and extending our condolences to his wife Soma and children Deep and Tia at a special dedication as part of the neuro-oncology symposisum at the 29th E. Harry Botterell Lectureship in Neurosurgery:

Friday, Nov. 11, 2011
9:00-9:30 a.m.
Toronto Western Hospital
Main Auditorium, West Wing 2-401
399 Bathurst St., Toronto, Ontario

Andres M. Lozano, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FRS
Professor and Dan Family Chair in Neurosurgery
University of Toronto