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.