Dr. Allison Brashear Named Dean at UC Davis

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From the President of the AUPN

Dr. Allison Brashear, professor and chair of the Department of Neurology at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has been appointed dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine, effective July 22.

Internationally known for her groundbreaking research in movement disorders, she leads a team of neurologists whose clinical, research and innovation focus is on new models of neurological care. She is an active clinician at Wake Forest, where she holds the Walter C. Teagle Endowed Chair of Neurology. Besides being a physician, she holds a Master’s of Business Administration with a focus in health-sector management.

Dr. Brashear is an expert in ATP1A3-related diseases, a spectrum of rare neurologic disorders. They include a unique genetic form of dystonia Parkinsonism known as Rapid‐Onset Dystonia‐Parkinsonism, or RDP, which she described as a principal investigator. Her group subsequently reported on the genetic mechanism responsible for RDP, published in the journal Neuron in July 2004. With funding from the National Institutes of Health since 2008, her team has published more results in numerous other academic journals, including Lancet Neurology, Brain and Neurology.

Dr. Brashear is also the lead principal investigator in many multicenter trials for the treatment of cervical dystonia and spasticity, leading to federal approval of three medications helping patients with these neuromuscular disorders. She was the lead author on the pivotal paper, “Intramuscular Injection of Botulinum Toxin for the Treatment of Wrist and Finger Spasticity After a Stroke,” published in The New England Journal of Medicine; and she leads the Wake Forest NeuroNext Clinical Site, one of 25 sites in a clinical trial network funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

She completed the Harvard School of Public Health Leadership program for physicians; and the Executive Leadership Academic Medicine, a yearlong national program for female leaders. Dr. Brashear earned her MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She had a fellowship with the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Dr. Brashear serves on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke study section focused on career development, and also has served on the boards of the Association of University Professors of Neurology, the American Academy of Neurology and the American Neurological Association.

She and her husband, Clifford Ong, have two children, Richard, 22, and Diane, 19.

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Please join me in congratulating Dr. Brashear in his new role.

Robin Brey, MD
AUPN President 

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