Dr. Kaufer was a renowned neurologist specializing in frontotemporal dementia and Lewy body dementia at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Dr. Kaufer started his journey here at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He received a bachelor's degree in molecular biology and zoology in 1983 and a medical degree from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in 1988. He has credited the University of Wisconsin with teaching him to think like a physician.
Dr. Kaufer went on to complete his 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 passed away on July 2, 2020, after receiving a sudden cancer diagnosis. He was 61. This annual lecture is just one way his legacy of inspiring new generations of medical professionals lives on.