Members of the MGH Stroke Service marked the formation of three endowed chairs during a celebratory dinner Nov. 20. The event was hosted by Anne Young, MD, PhD, chief of the Department of Neurology, and J. Philip Kistler, MD, former director of the Stroke Service. The incumbents will receive funding on an annual basis.
Lee Schwamm, MD, vice chairman of Neurology, was appointed to the C. Miller Fisher Chair, named in honor of the MGH neurologist whose work provided a strong foundation for modern stroke treatment. “The contributions of Dr. Fisher to the field of neurology are legendary, and the care and compassion with which he treated his patients is exemplary,” says Schwamm. “My deepest gratitude to Drs. Phil Kistler and Anne Young for their generosity in creating this chair – and to my colleagues in the Stroke Service who work together tirelessly to deliver the most outstanding stroke care in the country.”
Jonathan Rosand, MD, director of Neurocritical Care and Emergency Neurology, was named to the J. Philip Kistler Chair, which honors the respected director of the MGH Stroke Service who served from 1978 to 2004. “Dr. Kistler has been a mentor and a role model for me from my very first days as a neurology resident at MGH,” Rosand says. “His commitment to his patients is the standard against which I measure myself, and his passion for the field continues to inspire me.”
Steve Greenberg, MD, PhD, director of the Hemorrhagic Stroke Research Program, holds the John J. Conway Chair, named for the late Harvard professor who served as Kistler’s mentor. “Being named to a chair in Neurology is both a humbling honor and a tremendous boost to our research program in bleeding stroke and vascular cognitive impairment,” says Greenberg. “I am truly privileged to work in what I believe is the world’s leading stroke center with internationally recognized leaders like Drs. Jonathan Rosand, Lee Schwamm and Karen Furie.”
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