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Department offers fond farewell to Stacy, Hickey

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Mark Stacy

Faculty and staff of the Duke Neurology Department held a bittersweet farewell dinner for their departing colleagues Mark Stacy, MD, and Patrick Hickey, DO, on Tuesday. Over authentic North Carolina barbecue at Durham's The Pit restaurant, members of the Department reflected on their time with Stacy and Hickey, and wished them well in the next phase of their careers.

(Photo: Stacy, left, gives his colleagues some final words of wisdom).

Stacy, who came to Duke in 2003, led the division of Movement Disorders, was a Professor in our Department, and served as Vice Dean for Clinical Research since 2011. In September, he will become Dean of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

Patrick Hickey, DO, joined the Department as a movement disorders fellow in 2010, and entered our faculty after completing the program in 2012. He  and his wife and fellow neurologist Melissa Quan, DO, of Duke Raleigh are moving to California, where he will join the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center.

Department Chair Rich O’Brien, MD, PhD, presented a preview of a parting gift for Stacy - a handmade wooden chair with a plaque honoring his years of clinical care, mentoring, and advocacy for diversity and inclusion at Duke.

O'Brien and many of Stacy’s colleagues then came forward to speak about the difference he made in their lives, including Jeffrey Cooney, MD, Laurie Sanders, PhD, Patrick Hickey, DO, Burt Scott, MD, PhD, Nicole Calakos, MD, PhD, Allison Allen, LCSW, Kathy Ervin, and Lisa Gauger.

O'Brien, left, recalls his first meeting with Stacy during his initial visit to Duke.

Sanders told the story of her first meeting with Stacy and how it influenced her career and her decision to come to Duke last year. Sanders, who was visiting from the University of Pittsburgh to speak before the Nicholas School of the Environment, a made an appointment to meet Stacy during her visit to talk about their respective research.

“I reached out to Mark and came into his office. It was a great meeting and I felt completely energized afterwards,” Sanders said. “I remember him handing me his card. I slipped it into my laptop case and it’s been there ever since, because at that moment I could feel that my life was going to change for the better. I believe my success is part of Mark’s legacy.”

Stacy closed the dinner with an anecdote about his father, to illustrate the man’s determination and perseverance. Stacy's father's own father died when he was two. Stacy's father received an academic scholarship, became the first person in his family to attend college, and eventually became a university president.

In honor of Stacy, Hickey, and Quan, here are a few of the news stories they’ve appeared in over the past two years.

Mark Stacy, MD

Patrick Hickey, DO

Melissa Quan, DO