Dr. Martin A. Samuels has announced his intention to step down from the Chair of the Department of Neurology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital to become the full-time Director of the hospital’s Program in Interdisciplinary Neuroscience (PIN). PIN aims to facilitate work in the neurosciences that crosses the traditional boundaries of departments and divisions. Dr. Samuels served as Chief of the Neurology Service at the VA Medical Centers in West Roxbury and Brockton at Brigham before being appointed Chief of the Neurology Division. He was the founding Chair of the Department of Neurology.
During his long tenure, the Department of Neurology has expanded enormously, now comprising several hundred faculty
and staff, 17 divisions, a large and prestigious residency and many fellowships in subspecialties of neurology. There is a vigorous program in basic and translational neuroscience and Brigham Neurology is a major component of Harvard Medical School’s programs in neurology.
Dr. Samuels is the Miriam Sydney Joseph Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. As a neurologist and internist and creator of the Manual of Neurological Therapeutics, Dr. Samuels has long been interested in treatment of nervous system disease especially in the interface between neurology and the rest of medicine. As Director of the PIN, he will be able to span many departments, divisions and programs to make inroads into the understanding and treatment of neurological disease that would not be otherwise realized within individual department structures.
The Brigham has a century long record of excellence in the neurosciences, initiated by Harvey Cushing who was the first Chair of Surgery at the hospital. The PIN is an icon of this longstanding commitment to the treatment of nervous system disorders, now housed in the unique Building for Transformational Medicine, which embodies the vision of interdisciplinary care, training and science.
A Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital search committee will be empaneled to conduct an international search for Samuels’s successor as Chair of the Department of Neurology. Samuels will to serve concomitantly as the Chair of the Department of Neurology and the Director of the PIN until his successor arrives, sometime in 2018.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Samuels.
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