Jonathan Pincus

Jonathan Pincus, MD
Member Since 1970
Date of Death: February 23, 2015

Dr. Jonathan Henry, a neurologist academician, died on February 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. at the age of 79. At the time of his death he was serving as Chief of the Neurology Service at the DC VA Medical Center, as Professor of Neurology at Georgetown University and as Clinical Professor of Neurology at George Washington University School of Medicine. His areas of specialty were metabolic neurological disorders such as Leigh's Disease, mechanism of action of anti-seizure drugs such as Phenobarbital and Dilantin, and Parkinson's Disease and other movement disorders. Born in Brooklyn, NY, to Hannah and Dr. Joseph B. Pincus, a prominent pediatrician, he attended Amherst College and obtained his MD degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He spent 25 years at Yale University rising from a Resident to a full Professor of Neurology. In 1986 he was appointed Chair of Neurology at Georgetown University becoming Chairman Emeritus in 2000. Dr. Pincus was a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and served for two years as a vice-president and was a member of the American Neurological Association where he served as a counselor for two years. In addition to the more than 150 articles published in peer reviewed journals and as chapters and editorials, he co-authored a well-known textbook, "Behavioral Neurology," with Gary Tucker, four editions, used extensively in residency training programs in Neurology and Psychiatry; and published a popular book, based on extensive research on the neurological basis for violent crime, entitled, "Base Instincts -What Makes Killers Kill." A loving husband to wife Joan (Maslansky) and father to Daniel, Jeremy (Sherry) and Adam (Ayelet) and brother to Dr. Matthew (Naomi) Pincus, to step-daughters Alyson (Daniel) and Debra, and to 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Published in The New York Times on Mar. 15, 2015