It is with great sadness that I let you know that Dr. Morvarid Karimi died May 21, 2016, at 1:35 pm. She was in the hospital with a ruptured aneurysm for the last 3 weeks and had been gradually improving. On the morning of the 21st she had another major brain hemorrhage and died early that afternoon with her husband, kids and other family surrounding her.
Morvarid was a real force in the WUSM Movement Disorders group. She was always tenacious and committed. She was incredibly protective and good with her patients. She would go the extra 10 miles to make sure that she did everything possible to help them.
She was also incredibly bright and hardworking. She approached research with the same spirit that she approached patient care – with meticulous attention to detail. I always knew that any work that she was ready to publish was checked, checked again and rechecked. She was not blinded by her own or my bias for the “right answer” – rather, she wanted the correct answer.
She also continued to fight for the rights of women in our society, especially in the workplace. She had a strong sense of fairness and wanted everyone to be treated appropriately and equally. As we know well, she never shied away from making that clear. She was a real champion of women’s rights.
Most importantly, Morvarid loved her family. She loved her two children Kyan and Suri and her husband. She talked about their accomplishments and their challenges. She made sure that the kids would have as much opportunity to learn as possible. Clearly her two children have their mother’s intellect and force of character.
Morvarid had made clear her wishes to donate her organs for transplantation – still demonstrating her concern for other people’s welfare. She also had indicated that she wanted to support the Huntington Disease Society of America and he would like donations in her memory directed to the HDSA.
May her memory be for a blessing. Please hug someone today in her memory.
Dr. Joel S. Perlmutter, MD
Section Chief, Movement Disorders
APDA Medical Director
**You can find Dr. Karimi’s obituary, as posted on the Washington University- School of Medicine website, here. One of Dr. Karimi’s friends has also created two YouTube videos of pictures and videos of Dr. Karimi, which you can find here.