ADVANCING AUTISM CARE: From left, Slavin, Rosenbaum, McDougle, Schutt, Marks and Flier
To advance the understanding and treatment of autism, Nancy Lurie Marks and the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation have established the Nancy Lurie Marks Professorship in the Field of Autism at Harvard Medical School (HMS). The chair’s first incumbent is Christopher McDougle, MD, who joined the MGH in October as the inaugural director of the Lurie Center for Autism. The center was established in 2009 through the generosity of Marks and her family foundation, building upon the success of a MassGeneral Hospital for Children program previously known as LADDERS.
During an April 23 celebration at HMS, MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD, congratulated McDougle and commended his dedication to furthering the research mission of the Lurie Center and building the center’s first teaching and physician mentoring program. “Chris’ arrival begins a new era for Mass General and MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Lurie Center for Autism,” said Slavin.
An international expert in autism care and research – with a unique focus on adult patients with the disorder – McDougle came to the MGH after 11 years as chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine. “It is a tremendous honor to be named the first Nancy Lurie Marks Professor in the Field of Autism at Harvard Medical School,” he said. “With Nancy’s inspiration and the resources available to us at Mass General and MassGeneral Hospital for Children, we are working diligently with colleagues throughout the city of Boston to improve the quality of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their family members.”
Also speaking at the event were Jeffrey Flier, MD, dean of HMS; Clarence Schutt, PhD, director and chief scientific officer of the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation; and Jerrold Rosenbaum, MD, chief of the MGH Department of Psychiatry.
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