Janis M. Miyasaki, MD, MEd, FRCPC, FAAN
Janis M. Miyasaki, MD, MEd, FRCPC, FAAN, is a graduate of the University of Toronto Medical Faculty, neurology residency program, and a movement disorders fellowship. From 1994 to 1998, she was a community neurologist seeing general neurology patients and providing in-hospital care at a regional cancer and dialysis hospital. In 1999, she joined the faculty of medicine at the University of Toronto as full-time faculty, assuming the roles for various periods of director of education for neurology for four hospitals, ward chief, member of the Board of Trustees for the University Health Network, president of the Medical Staff Association, president of the Canadian Movement Disorders Group, deputy physician-in-chief at Toronto Western Hospital, and associate clinical director of the Movement Disorders Centre at Toronto Western Hospital from 2001 to 2013. Her practice consisted of movement disorders, clinical trials, and the development of an interdisciplinary Palliative Care Program for Parkinson's Disease and Related Disorders, the first of its kind in the world.
Since 2014, Miyasaki has been a member of the division of neurology at the University of Alberta and active in local and provincial initiatives in palliative care for neurologic patients.
Her AAN activities began in 2000 with writing a guideline on Parkinson's disease. Since that time, she has worked on many AAN committees, including the Practice Committee, Technology and Therapeutics Subcommittee, Practice Improvement Subcommittee, Patient Safety Subcommittee, and co-chaired the Technology and Therapeutics Subcommittee (now the Guideline Development Subcommittee) and Education Committee. Between producing educational content, committees, working groups, and meetings, she estimates since 2000 spending one day per month to a half-day per week on AAN work. It has been rewarding and energizing work.