Gil I. Wolfe, MD, Irwin and Rosemary Smith Professor and Chairman of the Dept. of Neurology, is the recipient of the 2015 Doctor of the Year Award from the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA). Dr. Wolfe has been a member of the MGFA’s Medical Scientific Advisory Board since 2001 and is its immediate past president. He has organized annual scientific sessions for the MGFA and was co-organizer of the last International Conference on MG and Related Disorders, held in New York City in 2012. With his colleague, Dr. Nick Silvestri in the Dept. of Neurology, he co-writes a regular column published in the MFGA Foundation Focus newsletter, “What’s Hot off the Press in Neuromuscular Junction Disorders?” to keep the MG community apprised of the latest developments in the field.
The UB Dept. of Neurology held its annual Michael E. Cohen, MD, Residents Research Day and Graduation Banquet on June 12, 2015. All graduating residents presented their research findings, while the PGY-3 level residents presented research plans. The Research Day was coordinated by Dr. Robert Zivadinov and his Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center staff. Winners of the Outstanding Resident Presentation Awards for Research Day were Deeya Gaindh, MD and Karanbir Singh, MBBS, both PGY4s, and Haris Kamal, MD, PGY3. The Research Day program is available here: Research Day 2015 Program
At the Graduation Dinner banquet, Pooja Sofat, MBBS, PGY4 and co-chief resident, received the teaching award from the medical students. Nour Abdelhamid, MBChB, PGY4 and co-chief resident, received the Edward Fogan Annual Neurology Prize that recognizes excellence in clinical practice and compassionate care. Graduating residents were Drs. Nour Abdelhamid, Ghasan Ahmad, Deeya Gaindh, Naeem Mahfooz, Muhammad Masud, Karanbir Singh, and Pooja Sofat. Graduating neurophysiology fellows were Drs. Ahmad Abokhamis, Sunil Naik, and Katie Warren. Also graduating are neuroimaging fellow Dr. Javier Chapa and neurovascular fellow Luis Arangua. The incoming neurology chief residents for 2015-16 are Drs. Haris Kamal and Aurangzeb Memon. Eva Tamoga and Caleb Clark, administrative support staff for the training programs, played key roles in organizing the banquet.
Ralph Benedict, PhD, Professor of Neurology, has received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities for the 2014-15 academic year. The award recognizes SUNY faculty who demonstrate a record of sustained scholarship in their field. Dr. Benedict is internationally known for his research into the cognitive impairments seen in multiple sclerosis, memory disorders, and other neurological diseases. He has developed scales that are used worldwide to assess cognitive function in multiple sclerosis and is actively investigating strategies to help patients with the disorder remain productive both at home and the workplace. Dr. Benedict also directs the neuropsychology service for the Department of Neurology and is heavily involved with the training of graduate and postdoctoral students. Dr. Benedict was the only faculty member in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to receive the award this year. He was trained at Arizona State and Johns Hopkins universities and has been on the UB faculty since 1999.