Ludwig Gutmann, MD Receives AANEM Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed by the AANEM. It is given to members who have been major contributors to the fields of electrodiagnostic and neuromuscular medicine through their efforts in teaching, research, and scholarly publications. Ludwig Gutmann, MD, is the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, recognizing his substantial and long lasting contributions to the field–from mentoring many young neurologists, including his daughter, neurologist Laurie Gutmann, MD, to his leadership in these medical fields.

We are very fortunate to have Dr. Gutmann join the Department of Neurology at the University of Iowa in the fall of this year. Dr. Gutmann’s academic career has been at West Virginia University, where he rose to Chair of the Department of Neurology and simultaneously held a position in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. He continues as Professor in both departments and has presented at meetings across the globe.

He has published on a range of neurologic and electrophysiologic topics, from classic descriptions of abnormal spontaneous EMG activity due to a variety of causes to some unique ones such as rattlesnake envenomation. Of particular note are the 12 articles he published jointly with his daughter. He also is a short story writer, many of which have appeared in Neurology and a book, The Immobile Man. Dr. Gutmann has written a memoir entitled Richard Road.

Dr. Gutmann had a prominent role in organizational and governing bodies related to neurology, electrodiagnosis, and education. He has held many AANEM roles, including serving on the Board of Directors and committees including Program, Education, Examination, Membership, Quality Assurance, and Joint Meetings. Dr. Gutmann also served on the Editorial Board of Muscle & Nerve. He was a director of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and chair of the Committee on Added Qualifications in Clinical Neurophysiology. He has served on the Executive Board of the American Academy of Neurology and was president of the Association of University Professors of Neurology.

Dr. Gutmann was born in Germany, grew up in New Jersey, and completed his college education at Princeton University. His undergraduate medical education was received at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, his neurology residency at the University of Wisconsin, and his neurophysiology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He has the unique opportunity of being given an honorary second medical degree from the University of Mainz (Germany). He also served for two years as Chief of Neurology Service in an Air Force hospital early in his career.