Nationally Known Parkinson's Disease Expert is Selected as Head of Neurology

For immediate release: December 01, 2001


Larry Roberts

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William J. Weiner, M.D., a nationally recognized leader in research and treatment for Parkinson's Disease and other movement disorders, has been named chairman of the Department of Neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chief of Neurology at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Dr. Weiner joined the University of Maryland a year ago as a professor of Neurology and director of a new service, the University of Maryland Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Program. In addition to publishing 15 neurology text books and more than 175 professional articles, Dr. Weiner is co-author of a new book for consumers, Parkinson's Disease: A Complete Guide for Patients and Families. The book is a comprehensive resource for understanding the medical, emotional and practical challenges of life with Parkinson's disease.

"Dr. Weiner is a distinguished researcher and innovator in neurology, especially in the field of Parkinson's Disease," says Donald E. Wilson, M.D., M.A.C.P, Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, School of Medicine. "We look forward to his leadership to foster the continued growth and development of our Department of Neurology," adds Dr. Wilson.

"Dr. Weiner has dedicated his career to helping people with Parkinson's disease and other serious movement disorders. Because of his extensive experience and leadership abilities, we believe he will make important contributions to our Neurology Department," says Stephen C. Schimpff, M.D., CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center.

A native of Chicago, Dr. Weiner received his M.D. from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He did residency training in neurology at the University of Minnesota and at Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago.

Dr. Weiner succeeds Dr. Kenneth Johnson, an internationally known leader in developing new therapies for Multiple Sclerosis, who has served as chairman of the Department of Neurology for the past 20 years. Dr. Weiner becomes head of the department on December 1, 2001.

"The University of Maryland Department of Neurology is very strong with many good clinicians and researchers, due to the excellent leadership of Dr. Kenneth Johnson," says Dr. Weiner.

"I hope to further improve clinical services, including the development of our movement disorders program, and begin a functional neurosurgical program in collaboration with the Department of Neurosurgery. I would also like to expand our research program, especially with translational research that allows us to bring promising new therapies to patients with movement disorders, epilepsy, stroke, neuromuscular disease and cancers of the nervous system," he adds.

Dr. Weiner also wants to bring a neuro-intensivist to the Medical Center to care for hospitalized patients with serious neurological problems that require intensive care. And, he plans to expand the sleep disorders program and enhance rehabilitation services.

"We have many outstanding, talented neurologists here and I would like to further increase their national profile. My goal is for us to become known as a place where patients come for highly specialized care and where clinical and basic researchers are advancing knowledge and developing better treatments for neurological diseases," says Dr. Weiner.


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