GAVRIL PASTERNAK
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PASTERNAK--Gavril. The Memorial Sloan Kettering community mourns the loss of Gavril Pasternak, MD, PhD, who dedicated his career as a physician and scientist to improving pain management for cancer patients. Educated at the Johns Hopkins University, he graduated from its MD-PhD program where he carried out seminal studies characterizing the first opioid receptor and contributed to the discovery of endogenous opioids. He joined the MSK faculty in 1979 and held appointments in both the Department of Neurology and the Sloan Kettering Institute. He was the incumbent of the Anne Burnett Tandy Chair in Neurology. Gav's research focused on defining and understanding novel targets of opioid action, including the development of new medications with fewer side effects. He published more than 400 papers. In addition to serving as a generous mentor, Gav was known for his love of lacrosse and for founding New York City's first youth lacrosse league. We extend our condolences to his family and to his many friends and colleagues. David Scheinberg,MD, PhD Chair, Molecular Pharmacology Program Joan Massague, PhD Director Sloan Kettering Institute Edward Avila, DO, and Ingo Melinghoff, MD Acting Chairs, Department of Neurology Lisa DeAngelis, MD Acting Physician in Chief Craig B. Thompson, MD President Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


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Published in New York Times on Feb. 25, 2019.
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16 entries
July 20, 2020
I worked for Gav as a research technician from 1991-1994. He was honorable and gave credit where it was due, I was able to author my own paper and project which gave me confidence I could fulfill any goal. I did go on to pursue 2 masters degrees in Psychology and now work as part of a medical team in Health Medicine. My condolences and deep appreciation-
Luisa Visconti Nayhouse
Coworker
March 14, 2019
We had a wonderful time together as postdocs at Hopkins 1975-1977. No contact since then but great memories. I am shocked and saddened.
Robert (Robbie) Schwarcz
March 6, 2019
I have the most wonderful memories of Gavril. he will be missed.
Michael Kuhar
February 27, 2019
I'm sorry for your loss. I'm sure your hearts are heavy at this time. May the " God of all comfort" bring comfort to your family (2 Cor 1:3). Your loved one will be at rest and in God's memory.
Courtney
February 27, 2019
My thoughts are with Gav's family at this sad time. He was a warm, friendly colleague in New York.
G.
Coworker
February 27, 2019
We express our deepest condolences to the family of Gavril Pasternak. We will always remember his beautiful soul.
Yuri&Yelena Kolesnikov
Coworker
February 27, 2019
words are inadequate. Condolences to his family and co-workers and staff at MSK. Your loss must be immense... Doug Gourlay
February 27, 2019
We express our deepest condolences to the family of Gavril Pasternak. We will always remember his beautiful soul.
Yuri&Yelena Kolesnikov
February 26, 2019
May his memory be for blessing
Sindi Kaplan
February 26, 2019
My deepest condolences to Gav's family and friends. May you seek comfort in fond memories of Gav.
Asmita Kumar
February 26, 2019
Knew Gav at Hopkins where he was a fraternity brother and friend-albeit two years ahead of me at school. Would see him on East Side over the years and chat work, life, lacrosse from time to time. A wonderful man-with deepest condolences
Larry Wolk
February 26, 2019
We're shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the great Gav. Sending prayers, love & condolences to all his family.
Jim & Heidi Nejaime
February 25, 2019
My heart and thoughts are with the family and all the people who were touched by Gav's talent and knowledge.
Debra Schaller-Demers
February 25, 2019
Gav,

Such a kind soul. It was a pleasure to know such an amazing person.
K.
February 25, 2019
When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. May the wonderful treasures fill your hearts with love and bring you joy. Hosea 13:14. Cherish the treasured memories shared as you celebrate a beautiful life that will forever be appreciated, adored & cherished
G.
February 24, 2019
Gav,
It was a pleasure to know you. You were a brilliant scientist, a kind person, a devoted family man and a wonderful friend. I will miss your quick mind and wonderful sense of humor. I learned a lot from you. Thank you for being a part of my life.
Patrice
Patrice Bell
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