Dr. Jun Li appointed chair of WSU Neurology & AUPN State of Academic Neurology Departments in the US

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From the President of the AUPN

Jun Li, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., has been appointed chair of the Wayne State University (WSU)Department of Neurology, effective March 19. Dr. Li will replace Kumar Rajamani, M.D., D.M., associate professor of Neurology, who has served as interim chair of the department since Dec. 1, 2017.

Dr. Li comes to WSU from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where he was a professor of Neurology. Dr. Li will also serve as the first scientific director of the Translational Neuroscience Initiative, or TNI, and “will play a pivotal role in this recently established research center on the WSU campus,”.

The appointment is a homecoming of sorts for Dr. Li, who served as an adjunct professor of Pathology and associate professor of Neurology for the School of Medicine. Dr. Li also directed the EMG Fellowship Program. At WSU, he was the recipient of both the WSU Faculty Research Excellence Award and the WSU Junior Faculty Award

Dr. Li joined Vanderbilt as a tenured associate professor of Neurology and was later appointed tenured professor. He was named director of the Vanderbilt Medical Center’s Charcot-Marie-Tooth Clinic, and became a faculty member of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute and Center for Human Genetics Research.

Dr. Li received his medical degree from Anhui Medical University in the People's Republic of China. He received his doctoral degree in Neurosciences from the Drexel University College of Medicine (formerly Hahnemann University). He completed a Transitional Program internship in at Mount Carmel Hospital, Columbus, Ohio; a Neurology residency at the Ohio State University; and an EMG/Neuromuscular Fellowship in the Department of Neurology at University of Utah, Salt Lake City.

Widely-published and strongly-funded, Dr. Li is member of the editorial boards for the Faculty of 1000 Medicine, Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation, and Experimental Neurology. He serves as a reviewer for American Neurological Association meeting abstracts, the MDA study section, the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association Scientific Advisory Board, the Talia Duff Foundation Scientific Advisory Board and the Cure SPG47 Foundation Scientific Advisory Board. He is a member of the Neuromuscular Fellowship Committee at Vanderbilt, the Howard Kirshner Lecture Committee and the Vanderbilt Academic Integration Metric Task Force.

He has mentored numerous post-doctoral students, assistant professors, technicians, research assistants and students.

A member of the Society for Neuroscience, the American Academy of Neurology (fellow), the Peripheral Nerve Society, the American Neurological Association (fellow) and the American Society of Neurochemistry, Dr. Li has won numerous awards, including the David Kotlarek Award for excellence in patient care from Ohio State University and the 2014 Wolfe Research Prize from the American Neurological Association. He was named the 2017 Littlejohn Faculty Fellow at Vanderbilt University and in 2017 was a Featured Scientist at the Vanderbilt Brain Institute.


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

The state of academic neurology departments in the United States, 2016


Based on numerous requests after the Chair Summit in Chicago on March 5th, we have linked the AUPN survey paper  titled "The state of academic neurology departments in the United States, 2016" here.

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