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Dr. Barry Rosen, pioneer of addiction medicine, dies at 61

Original post made on Apr 2, 2009

Dr. Barry Rosen, who was recognized internationally for his expertise on the disease of addiction, died at his home in Woodside on March 20 after a long illness. He was 61. Dr. Rosen had been the medical director of the Sequoia Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center since 1983.

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Posted by Cindy Georgakas
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 2, 2009 at 11:30 pm

Barry Rosen was a man of courage, faith and spirit who walked his talk and opened his heart on a deep level to every human being who was thirsty and open to learn. We are forever indebted to him for his compassion, humor, honesty and brilliance. He could connect with the highly educated and kids alike when he greeted them with "Dude". You will live forever in the hearts of all of us that were blessed by your presence.

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Posted by Debasis Sen
a resident of another community
on Apr 6, 2009 at 3:52 pm

Great man. Barry's 5pm lectures at Sequoia was a must for me (parent). His intellect and powers to explain impressed me most. I thank the Lord for giving us Dr.Rosen. Debasis Sen Palo Alto

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on May 6, 2009 at 5:06 pm

There are people all over the world who owe their 2nd chance at life to Dr. Rosen and the guidance he so selflessly gave to them. I am one of those people. His wisdom coupled with his unique understanding of addiction, and all the things that come with it, was unparalleled. The world has lost a great man and his presence shall me missed by so many. His influence on my life shall be remembered and cherished always...

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Posted by Jamie E. Garcia, M.D.
a resident of another community
on May 9, 2009 at 9:01 pm

I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Rosen as a Stanford medical student. He was a true inspiration to me and I admired his ability to relate to the human spirit!

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Posted by Louis Morin
a resident of another community
on Nov 16, 2013 at 4:26 pm

I met Dr Rosen when he became the Medical Director of the Sequoia Alcohol and Drug Program in 1983, From the first meeting I knew he was a man of extraordinary dedication to health, his patients, and life. He helped thousands and in the process brought understanding and joy to countless others. He told me to seek " God as if my head was on fire" He truly did want us all to follow our bliss. Love to him and all who knew him.

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Posted by thejazzmd
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Sep 30, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Dr. Rosen saved my life. I miss him today as I celebrate 20 years of sobriety. Thank you Barry for giving me the gift of your wisdom as I celebrate a second chance in life today and thank God for your incredible dedication to saving the lives and careers of lost souls like mine. You remain one of my biggest inspirations, and I think of you often. May you rest in peace...

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Posted by Katya Mills
a resident of another community
on Jun 2, 2016 at 12:20 pm

I had great fortune to spend my internship at Sequoia Center, under the direction of Dr Rosen. He always had an encouraging word and gave freely of his time. He challenged us all to do better. He taught us meditation and referred to particular challenges as 'a tricky yoga'. He cared deeply and could often reach people where others failed. Through spiritual intervention. I am blessed to have had him for a mentor and honored to have experienced his compassion at work. I miss you him and remember his smile.

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