WVU honors neurologist Dr. Ludwig Gutmann 

Chair of Neurology dedication on May 29

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –  The West Virginia University School of Medicine has established the Ludwig Gutmann Chair of Neurology to honor Ludwig Gutmann, M.D., who was instrumental in building the academic and clinical program in neurology at WVU. The dedication, which is open to the public, is scheduled for noon May 29 in the Learning Center auditorium in the Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Gutmann served as chair of the Department of Neurology for 28 years.  He came to WVU in 1966 after completing his fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Gutmann is currently Hazel Ruby McQuain Professor of Neurology. He also is a professor of physiology.  He has published more than 168 scientific articles and served in a number of professional posts, including director and vice president of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Gutmann, a major donor among others who contributed to the $1.5 million chair, said in an interview in 2007, “The things that made me stay were the fact that I really felt I was doing something important, something useful, that it really was an exciting place to practice medicine and an exciting place to help patients.”

Specialists in WVU’s outpatient neurology clinics see about 2,500 new patients each year, in addition to approximately 9,800 returning patients, with some 1,000 adult patients admitted for hospital care. Board-certified neurologists offer therapies for diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles, including stroke, epilepsy, neuromuscular diseases and movement disorders.

“Half of the neurologists in West Virginia have been touched by our department. They are graduates of our medical school or our fellowship programs – or they are our own full-time faculty or residents at WVU,” said John F. Brick, M.D., professor and chair of the WVU Department of Neurology.  “I think this is extremely impressive. Dr. Gutmann is the father of the department. I think the people of West Virginia owe him a debt of gratitude, because stroke is a major killer in this country, and neurologists are instrumental in improving the health of stroke victims.”

An endowed chair is a position, funded by income from donor gifts, created to honor extraordinary academic achievement and to recruit and retain distinguished scholars. Recruitment of a scholar to fill the Gutmann chair will take place in the future.

For more information on the WVU Healthcare and neurology, visit http://health.wvu.edu/services/neurology/index.aspx.                                                

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For more information:
Andrea Brunais, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
ab: 05-27-08

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