Dr. Omar Khan, Chair of Wayne State University Department of Neurology, Passes Away at 53

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From the President of the AUPN

Dear AUPN Members,

It is with sadness that I inform you that Omar Khan, M.D., chair of the Wayne State University Department of Neurology passed away on Aug. 13. He was 53.

Dr. Khan joined the Department of Neurology at Wayne State in 1998, and was appointed chair in 2012.

“He was a strong leader of his department,” School of Medicine Dean Jack   D. Sobel, M.D., said. “This is a substantial loss to our School of Medicine and a tremendous loss for multiple sclerosis patients, for whom Dr. Khan   was a staunch advocate.”

Dr. Khan received his medical degree at the University of the Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan. His subsequent professional training included residency training in Pakistan and the Medical College of Virginia, an internship at the Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati, and dual fellowships in Neuroimmunology and Neuroimaging at the University of Maryland and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Baltimore.

Dr. Khan served as director of the Wayne State University Multiple Sclerosis Center and Magnetic Resonance Image Analysis Laboratory, was neurologist-in-chief for the Detroit Medical Center and formerly served as associate chief medical officer for the Wayne State University Physician Group.

Dr. Khan secured more than $8 million in research funding. He served as principal investigator in more than 55 studies and at the time of his death was the principal investigator in more than 15 clinical trials and investigator-initiated studies.

Funeral services for Dr. Khan were conducted Aug. 15 at the Islamic Association of Greater Detroit mosque in Rochester Hills, Mich. Interment took place the same day at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, Mich.

He is survived by his wife, Christina Caon, R.N., M.S.N., NP-C; and daughter, Raeesa Omar Khan.

Please join me in expressing condolences to Dr. Khan's family and co-workers at Wayne State. 


Karen C. Johnston, MD, MSc
President AUPN 

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