Pedro Pasik

Pedro Pasik, MD
Member Since 1968
Date of Death: October 6, 2016

It is with enormous sadness that we share the news of the passing of Pedro Pasik, MD, on Thursday, October 6. 

Dr. Pasik was a dedicated neurologist and founder of the “Brain and Behavior” course at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which he directed for several decades. Recognized for his ability to combine neuroscience with clinical neurology, he was also responsible for launching the careers of numerous clinical and research neuroscientists. In 2011, Dr. Pasik received The Jacobi Medallion from The Mount Sinai Alumni Association for his distinguished achievement in the field of medicine and extraordinary service to alumni.

For 65 years, Dr. Pasik and his wife—neurologist, scientist, and prolific author Tauba Pasik, MD, who passed away in December 2015—were beloved and celebrated members of the Mount Sinai community. Earlier this year, Dr. Pasik established a lecture series and award in his wife’s honor. With his passing, the lecture series and award will now be known as The Tauba Pasik, MD and Pedro Pasik, MD Lecture in Neurology, and the Tauba Pasik, MD and Pedro Pasik, MD Award for Teaching Excellence in Neuroscience. 

Raised and educated in Argentina, Dr. Pasik received his medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires. Soon after graduation, he and his wife relocated to New York City where they served a year as neurology residents at Bellevue Hospital. Together, under the guidance of renowned neurologist Morris B. Bender, MD, the doctors created the Laboratory of Experimental Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine. Their work at Mount Sinai spanned the fields of neurology, neurophysiology, and neuroanatomy, and included publishing the three volume, edited, and annotated version of Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s Texture of the Nervous System of Man and the Vertebrates.

The family of Dr. Pasik suggests that donations be made to the Fund for Research Opportunities for Medical Students at the Icahn School of Medicine or the Mount Sinai Cardiovascular Institute.

Donors can make their gift online here by selecting Mount Sinai Heart or Research Opportunities for Medical Students.

We extend our condolences to the family of Dr. Pasik.

Published in The Mount Sinai School News on Oct. 31, 2016