We are saddened to report the death of Dr. Lewis Rowland Professor of Neurology, aged 91, formerly of Columbia University, New York. Former director of the ALS Center, Dr. Rowland was Professor of Neurology at Columbia University. From 1973 to 1998 he was Chairman of Neurology and Director of the Neurology Service, Presbyterian Hospital. He founded and, with Professor Salvatore DiMauro, was Co-Director of the H. Houston Merritt Clinical Research Center for Muscular Dystrophy and Related Diseases at Columbia University Medical Center. He founded and was Co-Director (with Dr. D. J. Lange and Mrs. Maura Del Bene) of the Eleanor and Lou Gehrig MDA/ALS Center until 1999 when Dr. H. Mitsumoto became Director. Before coming to Columbia, from 1967 to 1973, Dr. Rowland was Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
The Clinical Director of the Dublin Neurological Institute, Prof. Tim Lynch spent eight years at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Centre/Columbia University initially doing a residency in neurology under the supervision of Prof Lewis P Rowland and Dr. Lewis ‘Bud’ Rowland was both a mentor to him and later was instrumental in developing a formal link between us here at the DNI and the NI New York. Our relationship with the New York Neurological Institute is one of our closest professional affiliations.
You can read more about the life and works of Professor Rowland at this link to an article in The New York Times.