August 1, 2008
In memoriam: Allan Moore, MD

MooreAllan Moore, MD, a fellow in the MGH Endocrine Division and a physician in MGH Internal Medicine, died July 24 from injuries he sustained in a scooter accident July 12. He was 31 years old.

A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Moore was raised in Danville, Va., and graduated with high honors from the University of Virginia in 1999 with a degree in government and foreign affairs. He received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2003 and earned many honors and accolades, including the schoolÕs Albert Weinstein Prize in Medicine and induction into the national medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. That same year, he joined the MGH as a resident in Internal Medicine. Recently, Moore was conducting research into the genetic basis of type 2 diabetes and also was pursuing a master's degree in medical science at Harvard Medical School. Extremely dedicated to the hospital community, Moore was instrumental in founding and organizing the MGH Blood Donor Center's annual Medical Service Blood Drive Challenge, which celebrated its fourth year in May.

"Allan was an extremely multifaceted and driven person," says Moore's mentor and colleague Jose Florez, MD, PhD, of the MGH Diabetes Unit. "He had many projects underway, but he was unflappable – always optimistic and smiling, calm and never breaking a sweat. And always, he wore his signature bowtie, for which he was well-known among his colleagues. His death is a great loss for us all." Adds Anne Klibanski, MD, chief of the Endocrine Division, "The division mourns the loss of such a talented investigator and clinician. Dr. Moore's energy, humor and altruistic spirit will remain an enduring legacy."

Moore is survived by his wife, Rebekah Gee, MD, a former MGH resident who also was injured in the accident and is recovering; his father, Michael Moore, MD; his mother, Janet Moore; his brother and sister-in-law, David and Lisa Moore; his grandmother, Ruby Moore; and his father-in-law, E. Gordon Gee, JD, EdD. Funeral services were held
July 28 in Virginia, and a Boston memorial service currently is being planned. Details will be shared in an upcoming issue of MGH Hotline as they become available.

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