Awards and Honors
The Lysia S. Forno Award
1995 Lysia S. Forno, MD
1987 Anne Louis, MD
1990 Gregory W. Albers, MD
1991 John R Hotson, MD
1992 William W. Hofmann, MD
1993 Martha J. Morrell, MD
1994 J. Richard Mendius, MD
1996 Michael W. Risinger, MD
1997 Michael W. Risinger, MD
1998 Paul G. Fisher, MD
1999 Yuen T. So, MD, PhD
2000 Helen Brontë-Stewart, MD
2001 Richard Bernstein, MD, PhD
2002 Jonathan Katz, MD
2003 Donald M. Olson, MD
2004 Michael W. Risinger, MD
2005 Nancy Fischbein, MD
2006 Robert S. Fisher, MD, PhD
2007 Christine Wijman, MD
2008 Josef Parvizi, MD, PhD
2009 Jeffrey Dunn, MD
2010 Kathleen Poston, MD
2011 Peter Lin, MD
2012 Paul Singh, MD
2013 Safwan Jaradeh, MD
2017 Leslie H. Lee, MD
2015 Srikanth Muppidi, M.D.
2016 Veronica Santini, MD
2017 Carl Gold, MD
2018 Katie Kvam, MD
The Fishers and Jeffrey Dunn Teaching Award
The Fishers-Dunn award is given to the Neurology Resident each year who is most valued for medical student teaching. Originally named for Robert Fisher, who invented the current Neurology clerkship, it was renamed in 2017 to include Paul Fisher, who perfected the clerkship, and Jeff Dunn, who made it the perennial top-ranked clerkship in the School of Medicine.
2005-2006: Brian Faux
2006-2007: Jeffrey Gertsch and Keith Abe
2007-2008: Christopher Lee-Messer
2008-2009: Pam Mingbunjerdsuk
2009-2010: Marie Gonella
2010-2011: Neelam Goyal
2011-2012: Paul George
2012-2013: Reena Thomas
2013-2014: Michael Ke
2014-2015: Addie Peretz
2015-2016: James Ho
2016-2017: Rebecca Miller-Kuhlmann
2017-2018: Nina Bozinov
The Christine Wijman Humanism in Medicine Award
Awarded annually to an outstanding Stanford Neurology trainee, who demonstrates that concern for human interests, values, and dignity is of the utmost importance to the care of the sick.
2013 Nirali Vora, MD
2014 Jane MacLean, MD
2015 Emily Mathews, MD, PhD
2016 James P. Ho, MD
2017 Rebecca Miller, MD
2018 Nina Bozinov, MD
2019 HAI Clark Award
Elizabeth Mormino was awarded the 2019 HAI Clark Award. This award is named in honor of Christopher Clark, MD, a neurologist and Alzheimer’s disease researcher who passed away in January 2012. Chris was an inspiration to the Alzheimer’s field and this award honors his memory by supporting the continuing advancement of the field.
Neurology Post Doc Receives 2019 Interdisciplinary Scholar Award
Tal Iram, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Neurology & Neurological SciencesNeurology & Neurological Sciences
Research Project: Accelerating maturation of 3D human brain organoid models to study human aging mechanisms.
Dr. Iram will use brain intrinsic and systemic regulators of aging, in an attempt to accelerate maturation of human-derived brain organoids.
Chair of the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties
Dr. Paul Graham Fisher will transition from Board Director to Chair of the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS) this May 2019 at the meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Philadelphia. UCNS certifies neurologists and accredits training programs in small subspecialties, such as Autonomic Medicine, Behavioral Neurology, Headache Medicine, Neuroimaging, and Neuro-Oncology. UCNS was formed in 2003 by the leading professional associations in Neurology. Fisher follows Ralph Jozefowicz, MD, from the University of Rochester as Chair. Fisher notes, "I'm eager to see continued, rapid growth of neurologists certifying as high-quality sub-specialists and building accredited training programs." In 2008 Fisher himself was the first pediatric neuro-oncologist to certify in Neuro-Oncology under the UNCS. At Stanford he is Division Chief of Child Neurology and a Vice Chair for the Department of Neurology.
Tony Wyss-Coray Honored by Time Magazine
Time Magazine released a list of 50 people transforming health care in 2018. Tony Wyss-Coray, professor of neurology and neurological sciences, was recognized for his work that found stitching together young and old mice to join their blood systems improved the older mice’s cognition.
Chair of the Residents and Fellows Section of the California Medical Association
Nuriel Moghavem, MD was elected Chair of the Residents and Fellows Section of the California Medical Association (CMA) this past weekend in Sacramento. In this new role, Nuriel will help organize advocacy efforts for all CA residents and fellows at both the state and federal level and represent the voice of residents to the leadership of the CMA.
2018 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award
Michelle Monje, MD, PhD is a 2018 Awardee of the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award. The Pioneer Award supports individual scientists of exceptional creativity who propose highly innovative and potentially transformative approaches to major challenges in the biomedical or behavioral sciences towards the goal of enhancing human health. Dr. Monje received the award based on her laboratory research which discovered that neuronal activity critically regulates the progression of glial malignancies, and now seeks to leverage a deeper understanding of neuron-glioma interactions to develop novel therapeutic strategies for these lethal brain cancers.
Neurocritical Care Society Presidential Citation
Chitra Venkatasubramanian MBBS, MD, MSc, FNCS was awarded the Presidential Citation for contribution to the Neurocritical Care Society and elected co-Chair of the Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) committee of Neurocritical Care Society.
Best Oral Presentation Award
Chioma Anidi from Dr. Helen Bronte-Stewart's lab won "Best Oral Presentation Award" for her paper "STN Neuromodulation of beta bursts is relevant for freezing of gait in freely moving people with Parkinson’s disease" at the Freezing of Gait Meeting in Leuven Belgium, June 6-8, 2018.
Fellow of the Neurocritical Care Society (FNCS)
Chitra Venkatasubramanian MBBS, MD, MSc, FNCS was elected to become a Fellow of the Neurocritical Care Society (FNCS) in recognition of her services in the field of neurocritical care. Dr. Venkat will be receiving this honor in September 2018 at the annual meeting. This is given to individuals to recognize exceptional service, academic excellence, and leadership in the field of Neurocritical care.
2018 Distinguished Physician Award
Yuen So received the 2018 Distinguished Physician Award from the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) for his contributions as a clinician and educator to the field of neuromuscular medicine.
Neurology Clerkship Teaching Awards 2018
The Fishers-Dunn Teaching Award
Nina Bozinov was awarded the 2018 Fishers-Dunn Teaching Award. This award is given to one of our graduating seniors selected according to highest final count of positive comments given by clerkship students evaluating our residents and faculty.
2018 Lysia Forno Award for Teaching Excellence
Katie Kvam won the 2018 Lysia Forno Award for Teaching Excellence. This award is given annually by the Stanford Neurology Residents to one faculty member in recognition of outstanding performance as a clinical teacher.
The Christine Wijman Humanism in Medicine Award
Nina Bozinov was awarded the 2018 Christine Wijman Humanism in Medicine Award. Awarded annually to an outstanding Stanford Neurology trainee, who demonstrates that concern for human interests, values, and dignity is of the utmost importance to the care of the sick.
Chair of the MS Section of the American Academy of Neurology
Jeffrey Dunn, MD, Clinical Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, was elected Chair of the MS Section of the American Academy of Neurology at the AAN in April 2018.
Kimford J. Meador Research in Women with Epilepsy Award
The American Epilepsy Society named an award after Dr. Meador: “Kimford J. Meador Research in Women with Epilepsy Award.” This award is given to encourage research into special issues faced by women with epilepsy. The award was named after Dr. Meador in recognition of his outstanding contributions in this area.
Arthur L. Bloomfield Award
Leslie Lee, MD, clinical professor of neurology and neurological sciences received the Arthur L. Bloomfield Award in Recognition of Excellence in the Teaching of Clinical Medicine.
2018 Huntington's Disease Society Center of Excellence
Drs. Sharon Sha and Veronica Santini are the Co-Directors of the Stanford Multidisciplinary Huntington's Disease and Ataxia Clinic, which was named a 2018 Huntington's Disease Society Center of Excellence, one of 43 centers across the country providing excellent multidisciplinary clinical care for patients and families affected by Huntingtons Disease.
Pierre Gloor Award
In June 2018, Robert S. Fisher, MD, PhD, received the Pierre Gloor Award from the Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation. Given to one individual internationally each year who has contributed to clinical EEG and epilepsy research. Dr. Fisher also won an award of the same title in 2008 from the American Society of Clinical Neurophysiology.
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Award
Veronica Santini, MD, clinical assistant professor of neurology and neurological sciences, received the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Preclinical Teaching.
Appointed the Chair of the Commission on Medical Therapy for the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE)
Dr. Kimford J. Meador was appointed the Chair of the Commission on Medical Therapy for the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), which is the predominant international organization promoting care and research in epilepsy. The commissions are the main components to forward the goals of the ILAE. The Commission on Medical Therapy is tasked with multiple programs to improve knowledge and use of antiseizure medications.
Castle Connolly Top Doctor
Robert S. Fisher, MD, PhD, in January 2018, was was selected for TopDocs or Best Doctors in America for the 18th consecutive year.
Resident/Fellow Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Symposium
Stanford Neurology residents and fellows presented a total of 20 posters at the 2018 Stanford Resident/Fellow Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Symposium, more than any other department. The focus of these projects ranged from quality improvement education to oral chemotherapy safety to resident wellness initiatives. Two posters received awards as Top 10 abstracts in the symposium.
Stanford neurologist honored as Rathmann Fellow
Dr. Carl Gold, Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences, has been selected as a 2017-2018 Rathmann Family Medical Education Fellow in Patient-Centered Care. Dr. Gold's Rathmann fellowship research project will focus on designing, implementing, and measuring the outcomes of a formal curriculum for neurology residents to improve goals of care communication skills. The fellowship program also involves attending weekly Medical Education Research methodology seminars and teaching in the Practice of Medicine medical school course.
Sahlie Annual Lecturer
February 2017, Robert S. Fisher, MD, PhD was the Sahlie Annual Lecturer of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. This award is given to one individual each year to serve as a Neurology Grand Rounds lecturer and visiting professor.
Best Abstract Contribution for the 32nd International Epilepsy Congress 2017
Dr. Kimford J. Meador was awarded the Best Abstract Contribution for the 32nd International Epilepsy Congress (2017). Title: “Miscarriages in Pregnant Women with Epilepsy: Findings from the MONEAD Study.” This abstract examined the incidence of miscarriages in pregnant women with epilepsy; this is a rarely investigated problem.
Tony Wyss-Coray appointed inaugural holder of the D. H. Chen Professorship
Wyss-Coray, Tony, Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, appointed D. H. Chen Professor II, effective December 4, 2018
Rodrigo M. Braga, PhD
Dr. Braga was appointed Instructor of Neurology, effective February 1, 2019.
Courtney Wusthoff, MD
Dr. Wusthoff was promoted to Associate Professor of Neurology and, by courtesy, of Pediatrics (Neonatology) at the Stanford University Medical Center, effective January 1, 2019.
Vyjeyanthi Periyakoil, Mbbs
Dr. Periyakoil was appointed, by courtesy, Associate Professor of Neurology at the Stanford University Medical Center, effective December 1, 2018.
Zihuai He, PhD
Dr. He was appointed Assistant Professor (Research) of Neurology and of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics, effective November 1, 2018.
Rebecca Miller-Kuhlmann, MD
Dr. Miller-Kuhlmann was promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology, effective October 1, 2018.
Benoit Lehallier, PhD
Dr. Lehallier was appointed Instructor of Neurology, effective October 1, 2018.
J. William Langston, MD
Dr. Langston was appointed Clinical Instructor of Neurology, effective October 1, 2018.
Brent Bluett, DO
Dr. Bluett was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology, effective October 1, 2018.
William Gallentine, DO
Dr. Gallentine was appointed Clinical Professor of Neurology, effective September 1, 2018.
Paulomi Bhalla, MD
Dr. Bhalla was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology, effective September 1, 2018.
Scheherazade Le, MD
Dr. Le was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, effective September 1, 2018.
Cynthia Campen, MD
Dr. Campen was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, effective August 1, 2018.
Gerald Grant, MD
Dr. Grant was promoted to Professor of Neurosurgery and, by courtesy, of Neurology at the Stanford University Medical Center, effective August 1, 2018.
Michelle Monje-Deisseroth, MD, PhD
Dr. Monje-Deisseroth was promoted to Associate Professor of Neurology and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery, of Pediatrics, of Pathology and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, effective August 1, 2018.
Seema Nagpal, MD
Dr. Nagpal was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology and of Neurosurgery, effective August 1, 2018.
Jenna Klotz, MD
Dr. Klotz was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology, effective July 1, 2018.
Zachary Threlkeld, MD
Dr. Threlkeld was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology, effective July 1, 2018.
Jacob Hall, MD
Dr. Hall was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology, effective July 1, 2018.
Sahar Ahadi, MD
Dr. Ahadi was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated) of Neurology, effective July 1, 2018.
Juliet Knowles, MD
Dr. Knowles was appointed Instructor of Neurology, effective July 1, 2018.
Nirali Vora, MD
Dr. Vora was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, effective July 1, 2018.
Steven Chao, MD, PhD
Dr. Chao was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor (Affiliated) of Neurology, effective June 1, 2018.
Hyunmi Kim, MD, PhD
Dr. Kim was appointed Clinical Professor of Neurology, effective June 1, 2018.
Michelle Cao, DO
Dr. Cao was appointed Clinical Associate Professor (by courtesy) of Neurology, effective May 1, 2018.
Melanie Hayden Gephart, MD
Dr. Hayden Gephart was promoted to Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and, by courtesy, of Neurology at the Stanford University Medical Center, effective March 1, 2018.
Brenda Porter, MD, PhD
Dr. Porter was promoted to Professor of Neurology at the Stanford University Medical Center, effective March 1, 2018.
Chitra Venkatasubramanian, MD
Dr. Venkatasubramanian was promoted to Clinical Professor of Neurology, effective February 1, 2018.
Viet Nguyen, MD
Dr. Nguyen was promoted to Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, effective February 1, 2018.
Elise Brimble, MSc, MS
Ms. Brimble was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated) of Neurology, effective February 1, 2018.
Lindsey Rasmussen, MD
Dr. Rasmussen was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology, effective January 16, 2018.
Joanna Wallace, PhD
Dr. Wallace was appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology, effective January 1, 2018.
Neil Schwartz, MD, PhD
Dr. Neil Schwartz was promoted to Clinical Professor of Neurology and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery at the Stanford University Medical Center, effective November 1, 2017
Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Translate Award
Maarten G Lansberg, MD, PhD along with Allison Okamura, PhD have received an award from the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute to develop a rehab glove: passive tactile stimulation for stroke rehabilitation. Our stimulation method may provide a powerful tool to reduce disability after a stroke, and the wearable form factor allows users to receive intensive therapy during their normal daily routine.
Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Translate Award
Christopher Lee-Messer, MD, PhD along with Daniel Rubin, MD, MS have received an award from the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute to develop an automated seizure detection and localization system based on deep neural networks, EEG data, and real-time video with the goal to dramatically increase neurologist diagnostic capabilities while improving quality of care. Learn More
Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute Translate Award
Paul George, MD, PhD along with Sarah Heilshorn, PhD have received a 1 year award from the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute to develop a protein-engineered nerve implant that mimics the biochemical and mechanical cues of native tissue in order to enhance the potential for neural regeneration following injury.
Neurogenetics Course Grant
Jacinda Sampson, MD, PhD and Carly Siskind, MS, CGC, were awarded a Stanford University Education Innovation Grant.
This grant was to fund the creation of an online, just-in-time learning, flipped classroom Neurogenetics course. It is comprised of 34 lectures by 16 neurologists and genetic counselors, experts in each of the topics. The lectures are meant to prep students and residents on content prior to coming for a neurology rotation, which should allow them to learn more in the clinic and free up time for the attendings.
Dr. Tony Wyss-Coray was awarded a large NIH grant titled "A Bioorthogonal Approach to Study Mammalian Aging". The major goal of this project is to develop methods which allow the incorporation of non-canonical amino acids into proteins in mice and track, isolate, or deplete such proteins in models of aging.
Maternal Outcomes and Neurodevelopmental Effects of Antiepileptic Drugs (MONEAD-2) Grant
Dr. Meador was awarded this competitive continuation grant as the Multiple Principal Investigator. “Maternal Outcomes and Neurodevelopmental Effects of Antiepileptic Drugs (MONEAD-2).” for 2018 - 2023. Other Multi-PIs: Page Pennell and Ryan May. Note that Stanford is parent institution for this grant, which is a multicenter (n=20 clinical sites) that has been running since 1999. The MONEAD study is investigating factors affecting pregnancy outcomes in mothers and their children. Results of the study has altered FDA labeling.
Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research
Dr. Kathleen Poston will continue to provide guidance, standardization, and analysis of MRI data for the Michael J. Fox Foundation sponsored Parkinson’s Progression Marker Initiative (PPMI).
Muscular Dystrophy Association Grant
Antoine de Morrée was awarded an MDA development grant for three years to test a way to stop muscles from making toxic DUX4 protein as a possible treatment for facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD). The goals of Dr. de Morrée’s work are to understand how cells make stabile RNA messages, and to develop a way to destabilize RNA messages that allow cellular machinery to produce the DUX4 protein. These studies have the potential to lead to new treatments that will reduce the toxicity in the muscles of patients with FSHD.
This exploratory R21 proposal will develop new chemicals that bind to voltage-gated sodium channels, the the molecular basis of neural excitability. Saxitoxin, produced in nature by marine dinoflagellates, and synthesized in the lab, will be used as a base compound, with modifications that will attach inactivating chemical cages that can be removed by ultraviolet light. The caged saxitoxin will then be used to test for roles of sodium channels in different brain functions.