Neurology

  • New Departmental Faculty and Faculty Promotions

    • Nandakumar Nagaraja, MD has been appointed as Clinical Assistant Professor within the Cerebrovascular Disease Division & Comprehensive Stroke Center.
    • A. LeBron Paige, MD has been appointed as Director of the EEG Laboratory.
    • Ludwig Gutmann, MD has been appointed as Clinical Professor within the Neuromuscular Division.
    • Laurie Gutmann, MD has been appointed as Clinical Professor, Neuromuscular Division and Director of the Neurological Disease Clinical Trials Unit.
    • Andrea Swenson, MD has been appointed as Medical Director of the Neurology Outpatient Clinic.
    • Hyungsub Shim, MD has been appointed as Medical Director of the Neurology Inpatient Services.
    • Michael Shy, MD, has joined the Department as a Professor of Neurology. His clinical and research focus is neuromuscular disorders, with an emphasis on inherited peripheral neuropathies. Welcome Dr Shy!
    • A. LeBron Paige, MD, has joined the Department as a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology. His clinic focus is epilepsy and neurophysiology. Welcome Dr Paige!
    • Kumar Narayanan, MD, PhD, will be joining the Department as an Assistant Professor of Neurology in August. His clinical and research focus is movement disorders. Welcome Dr Narayanan!
    • Enrique C. Leira, MD, has been promoted to the level of Associate Professor of Neurology, with tenure, effective July 1, 2012.
    • Teri R. Thomsen, MD, JD, has been promoted to the level of Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, effective July 1, 2012.

    News Archive

    Please see Neurology in the News for recent news information.  National news items, prestigious awards and publications, and significant appointments are periodically archived below.

    • Iowa Fraternal Order of the Eagles donates $144K to support MS research and patients' care at UIHC. The funds were generated by a yearlong, statewide fundraising effort on the part of the Eagles. The check was presented on June 23rd to E.T. Shivapour, a UI Clinical Professor of Neurology specializing in MS, and Asgar Zaheer, a UI Associate Professor of Neurology. The Daily Iowan: June 25, 2012  
    • We are proud to announce that Suzanne Hammer-White, RN, BSN, CNML, Nurse Manager of 2BT Epilepsy Monitoring unit, was selected as this years’ Service Excellence People’s Choice Award recipient! VPMA Voice: June 11, 2012
    • Harold Adams, MD, was presented with the Neurology Department Faculty Educator Award. Molly Klokkenga was presented with the Ancillary Staff Award. These awards are voted on by the Neurology Residents annually.
    • Professor Daniel Tranel and Distinguished Adjunct Professors Antonio Damasio and Hanna Damasio, published a paper which received a rating of "10 Exceptional" in the Faculty of 1000 Post-Publication Peer Review. "Persistence of Feelings and Sentience after Bilateral Damage of the Insula" was published in Cerebral Cortex on April 3, 2012. This paper documents the ability of a patient to experience emotions and feelings, and to be sentient and self-aware, despite extensive damage to the brain structures typically associated with such capacities.
    • The University of Iowa has been awarded a prestigious NIH "NINDS Research Education Program for Residents and Fellows in Neurology and Neurosurgery (R25)" grant. This funding will be used to support research training for residents in The Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery and strengthen the existing Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program (CNS-TP).
    • The Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program at a Glance: The University of Iowa has been awarded a prestigious NIH "NINDS Research Education Program for Residents and Fellows in Neurology and Neurosurgery (R25)" grant. This funding will be used to support research training for residents in The Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery and strengthen the existing Clinical Neuroscientist Training Program (CNS-TP). It will increase the amount of protected time for research during residency and provide funding for post-residency research fellowships. This program will provide a seamless transition for MSTP (MD/PhD) graduates and MDs with significant research experience between their graduate education and faculty positions, and further strengthen the U of Iowa's national reputation for training academic neurologists.
    • Dr. Pedro Gonzalez-Alegre has been selected as the recipient of American Academy of Neurology’s Jon Stolk Award in Movement Disorders for Young Investigators. The Jon Stolk Award in Movement Disorders for Young Investigators is given in recognition of outstanding achievements in Movement Disorders research. The awared will be presented at the 64th AAN Annual Meeting in April.
    • Dr. William T. Talman, Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Neuroscience, has been elected to the Council of the American Physiological Society (APS). The APS is devoted to fostering education, scientific research, and dissemination of information in the physiological sciences. The APS is governed by an elected Council consisting of a President, President-Elect, Past President, and nine Councillors.
    • Richerson named the Roy J. Carver Chair in Neuroscience (UI News Services, September 21, 2011) On 9/1/2011 Dr Richerson was awarded The Roy J Carver Chair in Neuroscience. This represents the first endowed chair given to a faculty member in the history of the Neurology Department. It will be used to support the research mission of the department.
    • AAN Announces 2010 Award Winners in Neurologic Research (March 30, 2010)

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