|NINDS Names Dr. Walter Koroshetz as Deputy Director
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS),
part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has named Walter
J. Koroshetz, M.D., as its Deputy Director. Effective January 2,
2007, he will work with the NINDS Director in program planning
and budgeting, as well as oversee Institute scientific and administrative
“Dr. Koroshetz is an internationally renowned neurologist and
outstanding investigator and administrator. His leadership skills
and recognized expertise in stroke, imaging, training, and neurointensive
care will serve the Institute well,” said NINDS Director Story
Prior to his appointment, Dr. Koroshetz was vice chair of the
neurology service and director of stroke and neurointensive care
services at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He was also a
professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and has led neurology
resident training at MGH since 1990.
Dr. Koroshetz has been on NINDS intramural review and oversight
committees, been involved in various NINDS symposia and clinical
trials, and served as the Institute’s representative to the American
Neurological Association’s Career Development Symposium. He was
a member of the NINDS-chaired Brain Attack Coalition (BAC), a group
of professional, voluntary and governmental entities dedicated
to reducing the occurrence, disabilities, and death associated
with stroke. He led the BAC committee whose work resulted in significantly
higher hospital reimbursement for acute ischemic stroke management.
As an extramural grantee Dr. Koroshetz received NINDS funding for
laboratory and clinical research projects on Huntington’s disease,
neuroprotection, and translational research in acute stroke.
He is a member of numerous professional societies, including the
American Academy of Neurology, American Neurological Association,
Society for Neuroscience, Huntington’s Disease Society, American
Society of Neuroimaging, American Stroke Association, and the National
Stroke Association. He is associate editor for MRI with the Journal
of Neuroimaging and was an associate editor of Cerebrovascular
Dr. Koroshetz was born in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from
Georgetown University and received his medical degree from the
University of Chicago. He trained in internal medicine at the University
of Chicago and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Koroshetz trained
in neurology at MGH, after which he did post-doctoral studies in
cellular neurophysiology at MGH and the Harvard neurobiology department.
He joined the neurology staff, first in the Huntington’s Disease
unit and then in the stroke and neurointensive care service. During
his career Dr. Koroshetz has conducted basic electrophysiology
research in cell membranes and in cultures of nerve cells and glial
cells (which support nerve cells). His clinical research has focused
on finding new treatments for patients with Huntington's disease
and stroke. He is the author of more than 100 peer reviewed publications
as well as numerous chapters and reviews. He has supervised the
training of more than 150 residents and fellows.
He replaces Audrey S. Penn, M.D., who had served as Deputy Director
since 1995 and is now Senior Advisor to the NINDS Director.
The NINDS is the nation’s leading funder of research on the
brain and nervous system. It is one of 27 components of the NIH,
the nation’s premier federal agency for biomedical research.
The NINDS mission is to reduce the burden of neurological disease — a
burden borne by every age group, by every segment of society,
by people all over the world. For more information about the
NINDS, please visit www.ninds.nih.gov.
The National Institutes of Health(NIH) — The Nation's
Medical Research Agency — includes 27 Institutes and
Centers and is a component of the U. S. Department of Health
and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting
and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research,
and it investigates the causes, treatments and cures for both
common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and
its programs, visit http://www.nih.gov.