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Moises Gaviria


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Moises Gaviria Obituary
Moises Gaviria, 73, died on September 16, 2017 following a brief, but spirited battle with cancer. He died as he lived, at the hospital where he taught residents, and with his family and friends nearby. Dr. Gaviria started his academic career at the University of Illinois where he taught for 30 years and where he helped establish the first affective disorder clinic in Chicago, and then the Neuropsychiatric Center. A gifted professor and lifelong teacher, he lectured and taught students locally, nationally, and internationally. He retired from the University of Illinois in 2004, and he joined the Department of Psychiatry at Advocate Christ Medical Center outside of Chicago where he continued to see patients and teach. In 2014 he moved to his private practice until shortly before his death. In addition, for the past year he was at the Loyola Medical Center at Maywood, at the Department of Neurology. Born in 1943, in Chiclayo, Peru, Dr. Gaviria attended medical school at San Marcos University in Lima, Peru, and completed his residency at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Gaviria published over 150 papers, was the coauthor of four textbooks, and worked on numerous international organizations to promote mental health care and education across Latin America, including the Peruvian American Medical Society. He was one of the founders of the International Neuropsychiatric Association (INA). Dr. Gaviria was never afraid of life, or laughter, and he traveled extensively internationally with his family throughout his life. He would leave no stone unturned in search of spicy ethnic food, the latest symphony concert, or the New York Times. Dr. Gaviria will be dearly missed by his wife, Nancy, and his sons, Boris, Ivan, and Alex; his daughters-in-law, Heidi and Terra and his four grandchildren. He is also remembered with much love by his many residents, students, and faculty members, and by many other friends and colleagues. A celebration of his life was held on October 21, 2017. Those who wish to honor Dr. Gaviria may make donations to Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Feb. 7 to Feb. 11, 2018
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