Daniel I. Kaufer

Decades of Dr. Daniel I. 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 medical degree from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in 1988.

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

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.

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

We invite you to join the commitment to progress and help advance a cure through your support of the UW Initiative to End Alzheimer’s. Together, we can improve lives and build a future without Alzheimer’s disease — in Wisconsin and beyond.

The inaugural Dr. Daniel I. Kaufer Lecture, “Diagnosis and Management of Dementia with Lewy Bodies,” was presented on June 1, 2021, by guest lecturer Bradley F. Boeve, MD, Mayo Clinic. Watch a recording