Dr. Stephen Straus, founder and first director of the National Center for Complementary and Alter?native Medicine, died May 14 of brain cancer. He was 60.
Dr. Straus was an internationally recognized research scientist who joined the National Institutes of Health in 1979, just seven years after receiving his medical degree from Columbia University. At NIH, he became a senior investigator in the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Straus founded the CAM center at NIH in 1999. "Under his leadership, CAM research at NIH grew threefold, facilitating his vision of an evidence-based integrative approach to health care," said NCCAM Acting Director Dr. Ruth Kirschstein. "Dr. Straus was a superb physician-scientist," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIAID. "Steve was also one of the kindest and most compassionate clinicians I have known."
Dr. Straus is survived by his wife, Barbara; three children, Kate, Julie and Benjamin; his mother, Dora; a brother, Marc; and a sister, Miriam Wallach.
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