FOUR NEW EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERS
The following AAN members – all experts in their fields – joined the Editorial advisory Board of Neurology Today this April: Orly Avitzur, MD; Frank G. Gilliam, MD; James C. Grotta, MD; and Joseph Jankovic, MD.
Dr. Avitzur has been with Neurology Today since 2001, as author of its “In Practice” column, which includes advice and first-person accounts on the current day challenges of maintaining a neurology practice, as well as discussions on health technology and legal issues facing physicians. She is also a regular contributor to the “Living Well” section of the new AAN patient magazine, Neurology Now, and the Medscape Neurology “Ask the Expert” column. She is a member of the AAN Medical Economics and Management Subcommittee and Chair of its Electronic Health Records Work Group. She also routinely teaches CME courses on electronic medical records and other digital tools, and billing and coding. Dr. Avitzur, who holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut, has a private practice in Tarrytown, NY. She is a lecturer at Yale University School of Medicine and an Assistant Professor of Neurology at New York Medical College.
Dr. Gilliam is the Caitlin Tynan Doyle Professor of Neurology and Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Columbia University Medical Center. He was previously Director of the Adult Epilepsy Program at Washington University in St. Louis. His research – funded by the NIH and the Epilepsy Foundation of America – has focused on patient-oriented health outcomes, the neurobiology of depression in epilepsy, neuroimaging and electroencephalographic predictors of outcome from epilepsy surgery, and novel pharmacological treatments for epilepsy. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 papers and book chapters, is on the Editorial Board of Epilepsy and Behavior, and has served as a peer-reviewer for 20 scientific journals. He also co-edited the book, Depression and Brain Dysfunction (Taylor & Francis, 2005).
Dr. Grotta, the Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Distinguished Chair in Neurology at the University of Texas (UT), focuses his work on the development of new therapies for acute stroke patients. He is also Professor and Director of the Stroke Program at UT, which he helped establish in 1988. His efforts created a collaborative network between UT, Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston Fire Department-Emergency Medical Services, and other regional stroke centers to increase delivery of stroke therapies to the Houston population. Dr. Grotta served on the editorial boards of the Annals of Neurology, Stroke, and several other peer-reviewed journals, and as a member of several NIH and Food and Drug Administration review panels. He has authored or co-authored over 200 journal articles.
Dr. Jankovic is Professor of Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he established the Parkinson's Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic in 1977. The PD clinic, which has been recognized as a “Center of Excellence” by the National Parkinson Foundation and the Huntingdon Disease Society of America, conducts clinical, epidemiological, and genetic studies. Its research also focuses on elucidation of pathogenic mechanisms as well as experimental therapeutics and surgical treatment of movement disorders. Dr. Jankovic, who in the past served as President of the international Movement Disorder Society, has published over 600 articles and has edited or co-edited 35 books, including Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders and Neurology in Clinical Practice. Since 1990, he has co-directed the annual course, “A Comprehensive Review of Movement Disorders,” which is sponsored by the Movement Disorder Society and held in Aspen, CO.