Dr. Andrew and Kathleen Eisen Endowment Fund
Dr. Andrew and Kathleen Eisen have established the Dr. Andrew and Kathleen Eisen Endowment Fund: In Support of ALS Patient Services managed by the ALS Society of BC.
The ALS Society of BC is dedicated to providing direct support to ALS patients, along with their families and caregivers, to ensure the best quality of life possible while living with ALS. Through assisting research, the society is committed to find the cause of, and cure for ALS.
Dr. Eisen is a founding director of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Society of British Columbia. He has been an active volunteer on the board since 1981, and has been named as a honourary life director.
Dr. Eisen is a brilliant and compassionate physician and neurologist, and a pioneer in the field of clinical neurophysiology. The University of British Columbia, Neuromuscular Diseases Unit (NDU) and the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Clinic was a coveted location for trainee physicians, technicians and other researchers to learn from one of the best clinician-researchers in the world.
His teaching legacy can be traced through his many books, hundreds of scientific papers and international lectures. Andrew’s influence and legacy as a teacher and mentor in the practice of neurology, clinical neurophysiology, and neuromuscular disease research can be traced all over the world.
Andy met Kathy in Montreal in 1963, when she was a Neurological Nurse and he was starting his Residency in Neurology at the Montreal Neurological Institute. Kathy then went on to work at the Allergy Clinic, Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal until they moved to Vancouver in 1980. That year Kathy together with Dr. Donald Paty started the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at the University of British Columbia. Kathy was its Nurse Co-ordinator for the next 18 years. The Clinic quickly developed an international reputation and to this day the Clinic and Kathy are synonymous. She put many devoted hours into looking after the several thousand MS patients until her retirement in 1998.