Roger E. Kelley, M.D. appointed Chairman of Neurology at LSU Health Sciences Center

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From the President of the AUPN


Roger E. Kelley, M.D. has been named the Chairman of Neurology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport (LSU). He assumed this position on October 1st of this year. Dr. Kelley previously served as Chairman of Neurology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. This transition is coming full circle for Dr. Kelley who previously served as Chairman of Neurology in Shreveport.


At LSU, he was the founding Chair of the newly separated Department of Neurology as this had previously been a division of the Internal Medicine Department. At Tulane, there was a similar initiative with separation of the Department of Neurology from a combined Department with Psychiatry upon his arrival there.

Dr. Kelley’s research has focused on stroke, neuroimaging and neurodegenerative disease. He was previously the local PI for the NASCET study and SPAF while at the University of Miami (Miller) School of Medicine. He has also participated as local PI for WARSS, ACE, CHARISMA, MATCH, ProFESS, WASID and WARCEF along with the Bapineuzumab Study in Alzheimer’s disease as well as a number of potential neuroprotective agent trials in acute ischemic stroke. Dr. Kelley was one of the first to call attention to the commonly observed active bleeding in acute hypertensive intracerebral hemorrhage, the importance of a mechanistic approach toward the risk of stroke in atrial fibrillation as well as the potential association of lupus anticoagulant in cerebral ischemia. His research has also involved transcranial Doppler and cerebral PET scan. He has recently focused on stem cell therapy in neurorestoration collaborating with Li-Ru Zhao, M.D., Ph.D. at LSU and Jean-Pyo Lee, Ph.D. at Tulane. Dr. Kelley has also collaborated in the Bogalusa Heart Study and has been a collaborator on a recently extramurally funded study of cognition in older Vietnamese emigres living in the New Orleans area.

Dr. Kelley was previously the Program Director for the Neurology Residency training program at the University of Miami. He was able to have the Neurology Residency training program re-established and accredited at LSU Health Sciences Center and served as the Program Director. He hopes that this presumably last phase of his career will involve effectively addressing the challenges of maintaining a robust and independent Department of Neurology. These challenges led to a recent AAN sponsored national meeting of Neurology Chairs, in Chicago, to address such issues as fair compensation for Neurology services as well as the impact of participation in a Clinical Neuroscience Service Line within an academic setting.

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


Robin Brey, MD
President AUPN 


The following organizations are seeking to fill the following leadership position

University of Mississippi Medical Center: Chair, Department of Neurology

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