Univ. at Buffalo Department of Neurology faculty have contributed to the recognition of Buffalo General Medical Center and Gates Vascular Institute as a Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award Hospital. The award comes from the American Heart Association (AHA) which includes the American Stroke Association as a component body. Department of Neurology stroke faculty include Dr. Robert Sawyer, Stroke Center Director and department Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, as well as Drs. Marilou Ching, Christopher Deline, Ashkan Mowla, and Peyman Shirani. Greater than 75% compliance is required on at least six stroke quality care measures to receive Gold Plus Achievement Award recognition. In addition, time to intravenous tPA therapy must be less than 60 minutes in 75% or more of treated cases. The stroke program has been recognized in the past by the AHA and has also achieved Comprehensive Stroke Center designation by DNV Healthcare, Inc.
The Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY Department of Neurology presented over 35 papers at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting held April 18-25, 2015 in Washington, DC. Topics covered included Alzheimer disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and related syndromes, neuromuscular disease, neuro-ophthalmology, quality improvement, and stroke. Department faculty listed as first, senior or co-authors on the abstracts included Drs. Benedict, Ching, Dwyer, Fine, Hojnacki, Kolb, Mowla, Ramanathan, Silvestri, Szigeti, Teter, Weinstock-Guttman, Wolfe, and Zivadinov. Neurology housestaff included Drs. Abdelhamid, Abdelrazek, Ahmad, Fiddler, Gaindh, Kamal, Masud, Singh, and Sofat. Numerous research staff were also listed as authors including Katelyn Kavak and Kara Patrick. The 2015 AAN meeting broke the prior attendance record.
Channa Kolb, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Robert Sawyer, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology and Vice Chair, 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 15, 2015. The awards are the only ones given by the Univ. of Buffalo School of Medicine 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.
Dr. Haris Kamal, PGY3 Resident in Neurology, and Dr. Nicholas Silvestri, Assistant Professor of Neurology, have both been selected for induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. This society recognizes physicians who portray humanism in patient care, education, and investigation and serve as role models for others. Transparency, fairness, and high standards are key elements in the selection. Candidates are nominated by the UB medical community and then reviewed and chosen by a selection committee. The induction ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the Saturn Club. Congratulations to both Drs. Kamal and Silvestri!