Please join me in welcoming Lt. Col. Brett Theeler, MD to the AUPN as the new Chair of the Department of Neurology at Uniformed Services University School of Medicine. Dr. Theeler joined the Army immediately after college, completing his medical school training at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine in Bethesda, followed by a residency in Neurology at the Madigan Healthcare System and a Neuro-Oncology fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He then joined the staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in 2012, before being deployed to Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2013, providing neurological care at Bagram Air Force Base. After completion of this tour, he returned to Walter Reed, where he served as the only fellowship-trained neuro-oncologist in the Department of Defense, seeing patients from around the world and serving as a clinical collaborator in the Neuro-Oncology branch at the National Cancer Institute, where he conducts clinical trial research, and rising to become Chief of the Neurology Department at Walter Reed. He has received numerous military honors and commendations, including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and, most recently, induction into the Order of Military Medical Merit.
Our popular AUPN virtual program series continues, and our next AUPN Summer Program features a diverse panel of women faculty with a broad range of leadership experience. This session, entitled A Conversation with Women Leaders in Neurology, is scheduled for Friday, June 11th at 2pm - 4pm CST / 3pm - 5pm EST, and is moderated by Dr. Claudia Lucchinetti (Mayo Clinic, Rochester) and features Drs. Laurie Gutmann (Univ. of Indiana), Sara Hocker (Mayo Clinic, Rochester), Ann Poncelet (UCSF) and Maisha Robinson (Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville). Topics include: Developing your authentic leadership style, Building your professional identity, and Developing others: Mentorship, sponsorship and coaching. These presentations will be followed by an interactive discussion with participants. Registration is now open and is required to attend. Please join us for this exciting session.
Our very successful Spring sessions just concluded this past Friday. Thanks to all those presenting and participating in both the New Chairs Program and the AUPN Spring Program (Challenges & Opportunities in Neurology Education in the Virtual Era). For those who were interested but unable to attend, materials from these sessions are now posted to the AUPN website (aupn.org).
Finally, we are excited to announce the publication of a joint AUPN-AAN project, conceptualized and led by our AUPN immediate Past President, Dr. Robin Brey and recently published in the March 9th issue of Neurology (Brey RL, Ostendorf T, Rizzo M, Sacco RL. Academic Neurology Departments: Structure, Diversity, and Financial Pressures in 2019 vs 2002. 96(10):483-490). This article provides an overview and update on the current status of academic neurology, based on structured insights from academic departmental leaders across the United States, and compares the academic administrative, structural, and financial challenges today to those explored in a similar survey done in 2002. The findings highlight the ever-increasing impacts of unrelenting financial pressure on faculty development, research, and new program growth.
Clifton Gooch, MD