Friday, December 9, 2011

Lurie Center names first director


ADVANCING AUTISM CARE: From left, McDougle; Lurie Marks; and Margaret Bauman, MD, MGHfC neurologist and founder of LADDERS


MGH leaders in autism care and research gathered Nov. 29 at the Liberty Hotel to welcome Christopher J. McDougle, MD, as the new director of the Lurie Center for Autism. The national search for a director began in 2009 when the center – which builds on the clinical program formerly known as LADDERS (Learning and Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Rehabilitation Services) – was established through a $29 million grant from Nancy Lurie Marks and the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation.

“Dr. Chris McDougle’s arrival begins a new era for Mass General and MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Lurie Center,” said Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president. “Using Mass General’s vast resources in genetics, genomics, neurology, pediatric and developmental medicine, psychiatry, informatics and imaging, the center will look for even better and faster ways to diagnose and treat children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Chris also will build a teaching and physician mentoring program in the field of autism that we envision becoming a global model.”

McDougle comes to the MGH from the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he served as the Albert Eugene Sterne Professor of Psychiatry and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry.

Read more articles from the 12/09/11 Hotline issue.

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