2019 Safadi Lecture

Hosted by the Safadi Program of Excellence in Clinical and Translational Neuroscience The University of Chicago Medicine


The Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery
University of Chicago 

Thursday May 2nd, 2019 

Reception and Introductions
3:00-4:30 pm
4:30-5:30 pm 

Walter Koroshetz, MD
Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Dr. Koroshetz. became Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in 2015. He joined NINDS in 2007 as Deputy Director and has held leadership roles in a number of NIH and NINDS programs including the NIH’s BRAIN Initiative, NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience, the Traumatic Brain Injury Center collaboration between the NIH intramural program and the Uniformed Health Services University, the Helping to End Addiction Long Term (HEAL) Initiative, and the NIH Office of Emergency Care Research.  

Before joining NINDS, Dr. Koroshetz served as Vice Chair of the neurology service and Director of stroke and neurointensive care services at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He was a professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and led neurology resident training at MGH between 1990 and 2007. Over that same period, he co-directed the HMS Neurobiology of Disease Course with Drs. Edward Kravitz and Robert H Brown.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Koroshetz 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. Then trained in neurology and neuroscience at MGH and later at Harvard Neurobiology. A major focus of his clinical research career was to develop measures in patients that reflect the underlying biology of their disorders. This led to clinical research using brain imaging techniques including MR spectroscopy in Huntington’s disease, diffusion/perfusion MR and CT imaging, CT angiography, and acute clot removal for large artery stroke.

2019 Safadi Lecture Flyer