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    - christy krueger
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    - Therese
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  • "I just learned of Dan's passing. I am shocked and saddened...."
    - James Otis, M.D.

Dr. Dan Brookoff died on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. An oncologist by training, Dr. Brookoff was drawn into the human drama of life and death, as well as the inevitable emotional and physical suffering of all those he cared for. He co-founded the Methodist Comprehensive Pain Clinic, where he was the former Medical Director and served thousands of patients desperate for pain relief. His knowledge of biochemical and pharmacological interactions enabled him to provide individualized, unique, and innovative treatments for patients who had previously been unresponsive to traditional medication regimens. These patients were frequently demoralized by the lack of help available to them, their treatment in the medical system, and hopeless about the prospects of pain relief. Dr. Brookoff was not only a beacon of medical hope, but he also patiently listened to every individual’s life story, getting to know them intimately, and making himself available to them whenever they needed him. His compassionate relationships with his fellow travelers were truly healing. He recognized the pain of humanity and sought to bring comfort to all who came to see him. Patients would learn of him from others suffering with similar illnesses and travel to see him from all over the country, and then return whenever more relief was needed. Because Dr. Brookoff was treating the whole person, he had an array of specialists with whom he worked and formed his own multidisciplinary treatment teams, often unique to particular patients. Similarly, his medical colleagues would consult him on complicated cases and his goal was then not only to treat the patient, but also to help educate his fellow physicians so that they could carry on his treatment regimens. To his patients he was legendary and to those privileged enough to work with him, he represented the ideals of humane care and compassion for human suffering. Dan also had a wonderful and fulfilling personal life. In 1982, he married his grad school sweetheart Jill, with whom he had two daughters, Katie and Sylvia. He is also survived by his parents, Martin and Rachel, his brother Noah, and many cousins. His family will remember him as a brilliant man with an equally keen sense of humor who had a passionate love for his family, friends, chocolate, and Monty Python. Please join Dan’s family in the celebration of his life at Temple Israel Cemetery, Levy-Cooper Chapel, 1708 Hernando Road, Memphis, TN, Monday, April 18th, at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in his honor to the ICA Dan Brookoff Memorial Pain Management Forum at www. ichelp.org/danbrookoffmemorial Canale Funeral Directors 901-452-6400
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Published in The Commercial Appeal on Apr. 17, 2011