Dr. Igor J. Koralnik Named New Department of Neurological Sciences Chair at Rush University Medical Center

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From the President of the AUPN

On March 7, 2016, Dr. Igor J. Koralnik was named new Department of Neurological Sciences Chair at Rush University Medical Center.  His appointment will start in July.

Dr. Koralnik will be joining Rush University Medical Center from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts where he was the Director of the

HIV/Neurology Center, and Harvard Medical School where he is the Professor of Neurology. 

Dr. Koralnik succeeds Dr. Jacob H. Fox, who will retire as chairperson of Neurological Sciences at Rush after 26 years. Fox will remain on the neurology faculty.

Dr. Koralnik received his medical degree at the University of Geneva Medical School in Geneva, Switzerland. His subsequent professional training included an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Geneva University Hospital, a residency in neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as well as a repeated internship in medicine at Beth Israel Hospital. Koralnik completed his postdoctoral fellowship in molecular biology of retroviruses at the National Cancer Institute before joining the Harvard Medical School faculty.

Dr. Koralnik’s research focus is on the polyomavirus JC (JCV), the etiologic agent of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) which is a deadly demyelinating disease of the brain occurring mainly in immunosuppressed individuals, for which there is no cure. In addition, he has investigated JCV reactivation in patients with multiple sclerosis treated with natalizumab (Tysabri), an immuno-modulatory medication associated with 614 cases of PML in MS patients worldwide to date.

Koralnik was principal investigator for numerous NIH-funded studies, and has more than 150 peer reviewed articles, book chapters and reviews. In addition, he has been deeply engaged in mentoring activities within the division and the neurology department, and throughout Harvard Medical School.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Koralnik.


Karen C. Johnston, MD, MSc
President AUPN 

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