Dr. Daniel I. Kaufer Lecture Series

The Dr. Daniel I. Kaufer Lecture Series is an educational program devoted to shaping future generations of dementia care professionals. Prior to his death, Dr. Kaufer donated a gift to the UW Initiative to End Alzheimer’s to establish an endowed lecture series continuing his commitment to dementia care. 

Save the Date

The inaugural Dr. Daniel I. Kaufer Lecture will be held virtually on June 1, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.

Guest Lecturer:

Bradley F. Boeve, MD, professor of neurology
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

If you would like to receive information about the event and registration details, please email us.

About Dr. Daniel Kaufer

Dr. Daniel I. Kaufer
Dr. Daniel I. Kaufer

Decades of Dr. Kaufer’s career were based at the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), where he was a renowned neurologist specializing in frontotemporal dementia and Lewy body dementia. His life and education, however, have local roots. Dr. Kaufer received a bachelor's degree in molecular biology and zoology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1983, and medial degree from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in 1988.

He completed residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was a professor of neurology at UNC, founding director of the UNC Memory Disorders Program, chief of the Memory and Cognitive Disorders Division in the Department of Neurology, and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Kaufer died July 2, 2020, less than two months after receiving a sudden cancer diagnosis. He was 61. 

In his personal life, those who knew Dr. Kaufer described him as a caring, generous family member and friend who loved classic films and was a great home chef. They also remember the plants. Dr. Kaufer’s home had more than a hundred house plants, his office was home to several dozen more, and he curated garden beds in his yard. Gardening was a therapeutic tool for him. He told his family he could control plants and help them thrive, in a way that’s not always possible for a physician to help people.