UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health: Shannon named to head neurology at UW School of Medicine and Public Health

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MADISON – Dr. Kathleen M. Shannon will become the next chair of the neurology department at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Currently professor of neurological sciences at Rush University Medical Center, Shannon also holds the title of Nan Burridge and Family Endowed Scholar in Parkinson’s Disease. She completed her medical degree, internship, residency in neurology and fellowship in movement disorders at Rush Medical College and Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center. She has also been on the medical faculty of Vanderbilt University.

A specialist in movement disorders, Shannon is the principal investigator on multiple research studies on Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease. She is widely published in the field and has been very active in both the Huntington Study Group and the Parkinson Study Group.

“This is a very exciting time in the evolution of clinical neurosciences, and Dr. Shannon has the experience and skills to lead our neurology department to ever greater heights,” said Dr. Robert Golden, dean of the School. “Wisconsin is fortunate to have attracted Dr. Shannon to this vital leadership position in our school and our academic health system.”

Shannon, whose appointment is effective July 1, 2016, will succeed Dr. Thomas Sutula, who has served as neurology chair since 1995.

The department provides care for patients with diseases of the nervous system; conducts basic and clinical research into neurological disorders; and educates medical students, residents, fellows and other graduate students.