Ashkan Mowla, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology and a member of the stroke division, received Honorable Mention recognition at the annual presentation of the Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The ceremony was held on April 13, 2016. This is the second time that Dr. Mowla has received teaching recognition from medical students at the Univ. at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Comments from medical students praised Dr. Mowla for his warmth and respectful approach to patients, his ability to tailor his teaching to different audiences, and his encouragement of critical thinking. The Siegel Awards are the only ones given by the medical school to recognize faculty for teaching excellence. Nominees are chosen by a committee of medical students followed by voting in several categories that include both clinical and pre-clinical teaching.
The National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) has again recognized the Epilepsy Division of the Univ. at Buffalo Department of Neurology with a Level 4 designation. Level 4 is the highest designation offered by the NAEC and recognizes professional expertise and facilities that enable “the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.” The long-term monitoring unit for epilepsy evaluation is housed in Kaleida Health’s Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo and is expanding to 12 beds in the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital being built on the downtown Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Dr. Arie Weinstock, Professor of Neurology and Chief of Child Neurology, directs the epilepsy program at UB.
Dr. Nicholas J. Silvestri, Assistant Professor of Neurology in the UB Dept. of Neurology, has been named the receipient of the 2016 Program Director of Excellence Award. This is only the second year that the award has existed. Among Dr. Silvestri’s many contributions, the selection committee noted his tireless commitment to resident education and service on multiple UB committees, many associated with graduate medical education. Dr. Silvestri also helped to establish a pathway for resident membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honorary Society. Dr. Silvestri will formally receive the award in April 2016.
The Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY Department of Neurology of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences again will have a large presence at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting to be held April 15-21, 2016 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Between scientific and educational sessions, the department boasts over 25 presentations. Research topics include Alzheimer disease and other cognitive disorders, the history of neurology, adult and pediatric multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, neurocritical care, neuroimaging, neurophysiology, peripheral neuropathy, stroke, and Tourette syndrome. Department faculty listed as first, senior or co-authors on the abstracts include Drs. Ralph Benedict, Marilou Ching, Christopher Deline, Michael Dwyer, Edward Fine, Sarah Finnegan, David Hojnacki, Channa Kolb, David Lichter, Ashkan Mowla, Murali Ramanathan, Robert Sawyer, Ferdinand Schweser, Peyman Shirani, Nicholas Silvestri, Kinga Szigeti, Barbara Teter, Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, Gil Wolfe, and Robert Zivadinov. Neurology residents and fellows include Drs. Haris Kamal, Aurangzeb Memon, Karanbir Singh, and Pooja Sofat, Research staff and other collaborators are Rahil Ahmed, Niels Bergsland, Nicola Bertolino, Jillian Carl, Avinash Chandra, Babar Cheema, Annemarie Crumlish, Jackie Durfee, Sirin Gandhi, Muhammad Hafeez, Jesper Hagemeier, Umar Hayyat, Dejan Jakimovski, Katelyn Kavak, Naveep Lail, Noopur Modi, Clair Modica, Theresa Neiderer, Paul Polak, Aianaya Qi, Deepa Ramasamy, Trina Rudra, Ahmed Sanai, Michelle Sudyn, Matthew Woodward, and Li Yan.
Abstracts can be searched for using the AAN search engine http://www.abstractsonline.com/pp8/#!/4046/
Kinga Szigeti, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurology and Director of UB’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center, has been awarded a $2.35 million grant from New York State to establish a Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease in Western New York. Dr. Szigeti and Dr. Bruce Troen, Chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, share co-principal investigator roles on the grant. The funding will be directed to provide state-of-the-art medical care and educational programs in Western NY for this most common form of dementia. Educational programs will be targeted to numerous audiences including primary care providers, patients, caregivers, and future medical professionals. Given Western NY’s disproportionate numbers of older residents, the grant is of particular importance for our region. Some 10 grants were distributed across the state. For more information please see http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2016/02/029.html.
Ralph Benedict, PhD, Professor of Neurology who directs the neuropsychology program for the Univ. at Buffalo Dept. of Neurology, has received the 2016 International Neuropsychological Society’s Arthur Benton Award. The award recognizes investigators who “have made a substantive, independent contribution to research in the area of brain-behavior relationships as indexed by the impact of their research, number of citations, quality of journal, productivity and recognition by their peers.” Dr. Benedict is an international authority in the cognitive dysfunction that arises from multiple sclerosis. For more information, please see http://medicine.buffalo.edu/news_and_events/news.host.html/content/shared/smbs/news/2016/02/benedict-award-ms-5571.detail.html.
Norah Lincoff, MD, Professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology and director of the neuro-ophthalmology program for the Dept. of Neurology at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has again travelled to Nicaragua for an annual medical mission to improve the eye care of the country’s rural population. This year’s mission, run by the non-profit organization Hopeful Ways, enlisted some 30 physicians from Buffalo, Boston, Miami, and Canada. A total of 2700 Nicaraguans from the Juigalpa district were cared for between January 27 and February 5. In addition to checking visual acuity and providing prescription eyeglasses and safety eyewear, ophthalmological surgery is provided at no cost to the patients. Procedures include cataract extraction and pterygium resection. Kudos to Dr. Lincoff and her fellow volunteers.