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History of the American Academy of Neurology

Learn how the AAN, like neurology itself, has evolved over a rich and fascinating past since it was founded in 1948. You can view chronological highlights by terms of past presidents, or read the narrative that explores the launch of the Academy and changes through the years in education, publications, science and awards, practice, advocacy, support for research, and, of course, the AAN Annual Meeting. You also will find below interviews with key leaders of the AAN and the neurology profession. 

NARRATIVE HISTORY OF THE AAN

Coming in early 2018.

ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTS

Nothing brings history to life more personally than interviews with those figures who have helped make that history. In 2011, members of the AAN’s History Section began interviewing AAN members who have distinguished themselves during their careers for their contributions to neurology or for their leadership of the AAN—or both. In 2017, AAN staff began interviewing living past presidents to get their insights on the challenges and successes during their two-year terms. Additional interviews in the AAN’s archives also are being added to the list below. We share these interview transcripts so members can more fully appreciate the impact of these individuals and better understand the evolution of the AAN and profession of neurology.

[Unshaded entries are currently online]

Interview Subject

Date

Location

Interviewer

Notes

A.B. Baker, MD, FAAN

April 29, 1982

Washington, DC

Maynard M. Cohen, MD, FAAN

With Adolph Sahs, MD, FAAN; Coming later in 2018

Terrence L. Cascino, MD, FAAN

April 12, 2017

Minneapolis, MN

Tim Streeter

Coming later in 2018

Maynard M. Cohen, MD, PhD, FAAN

August 1, 2012

Woods Hole, MA

Christopher Goetz, MD, FAAN, and Barbara W. Sommer

Includes photos and CV

Robert B. Daroff, MD, FAAN

Part 1

Part 2

 

February 22, 2014

April 20, 2014

 

Douglas J. Lanska, MD, MS, MSPH, FAAN, and Barbara W. Sommer

Russell DeJong, MD, FAAN                             

April 29, 1982

Washington, DC

Robert D. Currier, MD, FAAN

With Francis M. Forster, MD, FAAN; Coming later in 2018

Stanley Fahn, MD, FAAN

April 24, 2017

Boston, MA

Tim Streeter

Coming later in 2018

Stanley Fahn, MD, FAAN

April 20, 2015

Washington, DC

Michael S. Okun, MD, FAAN, and Lauren E. Klaffke

 

Joseph M. Foley, MD, FAAN

December 8, 2011

Cleveland Heights, OH

Douglas J. Lanska, MD, MS, MSPH, FAAN, and Barbara W. Sommer

Includes photos and CV

Joseph M. Foley, MD, FAAN

August 28, 2008

Phone interview

Tim Streeter

Included as Appendix in above transcript

Francis M. Forster, MD, FAAN

December 9, 1997 to April 7, 1998

 

Edited by Douglas J. Lanska, MD, MS, MSPH, FAAN

Correspondence with Robert B. Daroff, MD, and Lewis P. Rowland, MD

Francis M. Forster, MD, FAAN

April 29, 1982

Washington, DC

Robert D. Currier, MD, FAAN

With Russell DeJong, MD, FAAN; Coming later in 2018

Robert C. Griggs, MD, FAAN

April 22, 2017

Boston, MA

Tim Streeter

Coming later in 2018

Sami I. Harik, MD, FAAN

June 9, 2014

Phone interview

Douglas J. Lanska, MD, MS, MSPH, FAAN

 

Kenneth M. Heilman, MD, FAAN

November 4, 2013

Gainesville, FL

Heidi L. Roth, MD, FAAN, and Barbara W. Sommer

photos

Francis I. Kittredge, Jr., MD, FAAN

April 22, 2017

Boston, MA

Tim Streeter

With Roger N. Rosenberg, MD, FAAN; coming later in 2018

William M. Landau, MD, FAAN

August 10, 2012

St. Louis, MO

Victor W. Henderson, MD, FAAN, and Barbara W. Sommer

Includes photos and CV

M. Marsel Mesulam, MD, FAAN

January 12, 2015

Chicago, IL

Kirk R. Daffner, MD, FAAN, and Lauren E. Klaffke

 

Brenda Milner, PhD, ScD

December 2, 2011

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Heidi L. Roth, MD, FAAN, and Barbara W. Sommer

Includes photos and CV

Sandra F. Olson, MD, FAAN

April 23, 2017

Boston, MA

Tim Streeter

Coming later in 2018

Jerome B. Posner, MD, FAAN

October 13, 2014

New York, NY

Lisa M. DeAngelis MD, FAAN, and Lauren E. Klaffke

 

Joseph A. Resch, MD, FAAN

January 29, 2008

Lauderdale, MN

Tim Streeter

Coming later in 2018

Nelson G. Richards, MD, FAAN

June 29, 2017

Interview via email

Tim Streeter

Coming later in 2018

Steven P. Ringel, MD, FAAN

April 23, 2017

Boston, MA

Tim Streeter

Coming later in 2018

Lewis P. "Bud" Rowland, MD, FAAN

November 18, 2012

New York, NY

Steven Frucht, MD, and Barbara W. Sommer

With Esther Rowland; includes photos and CV

Roger N. Rosenberg, MD, FAAN

April 22, 2017

Boston, MA

Tim Streeter

With Francis I. Kittredge, Jr., MD, FAAN; coming later in 2018

Adolph Sahs, MD, FAAN

April 29, 1982

Washington, DC

Maynard M. Cohen, MD, FAAN

With A.B. Baker, MD, FAAN; coming later in 2018

Stephen M. Sergay, MB BCh, FAAN

April 23, 2017

Boston, MA

Tim Streeter

Coming later in 2018

Thomas R. Swift, MD, FAAN

April 22, 2017

Boston, MA

Tim Streeter

Coming later in 2018

H. Richard Tyler, MD, FAAN

August 26, 2013

Brookline, MA

Kenneth L. Tyler, MD, FAAN, and Barbara W. Sommer

Photos and information on the H. Richard Tyler Collection of the American Academy of Neurology Library