It is with great sadness that we report the death of Michael J. Painter, M.D. on October 17, 2019 in Jacksonville, FL.  Mike was a leader, a mentor, and a compassionate and innovative physician.  He was born in Detroit, Michigan, completed his undergraduate training at Georgetown University with a BS in biology, and received his MD degree from the University of Michigan. He did his internship and residency at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and was pediatric chief resident under Dr Donald Medearis. Following a 2-year stint in the United States Air Force, he went to Columbia University, where he was a visiting fellow in pediatric neurology under Dr Sidney Carter. He then returned to Pittsburgh as a faculty member and served as chief of the Division of Child Neurology from 1978 through 2002. He remained a member of the Division and a professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Neurology at the University of Pittsburgh until moving to Florida. Mike devoted his career to advocacy for child neurologists and the children and families they serve and the building of the subspecialty of child neurology. He was president of the Professors of Child Neurology from 1994 to 1996 and president of the Child Neurology Society from 1999 to 2001. He played a pivotal role in the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, both as an examiner and as a developer of the new examination for certification in neurodevelopmental disabilities. He was an active member of the American Neurological Association, New York Academy of Sciences, and American Pediatric Society and served on the editorial boards of Neurology, Pediatric Neurology, and Journal of Child Neurology and as a reviewer for Developmental Pharmacology and Therapeutics, American Journal of Diseases of Children, Annals of Neurology, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Journal of Pediatrics, Pediatrics, and Stroke.  But Mike will be best remembered by those who knew him best for his quick wit, his steadfast friendship, his passion for and prodigious knowledge of Civil War history, and his love for his family, including his wife Judy, his three children, and his grandchildren, for whom he spent many hours using his outstanding woodworking skills to make beautiful chests of drawers.

Jonathan W. Mink, MD, PhD
President, CNS

Click here to read the 2006 profile written by Robert S. Rust, MD on the occasion of Dr. Painter receiving the Hower Award at the 35th Annual Meeting held, appropriately, in Pittsburgh, PA

To view two videos of Mike Painter and colleagues talking about the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center program, click Part 1 or Part 2.