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SAN ANTONIO (September 23, 2022) — Carlayne E. Jackson, MD, a specialist in the treatment and research of neuromuscular disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease), has been named chair of the Department of Neurology at the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Robert A. Hromas, MD, professor and dean of the Long School of Medicine, announced the appointment, which is effective immediately.
Jackson received her medical degree from UT Health Science Center San Antonio in 1987 and then completed residency training in neurology and a clinical fellowship in neurophysiology. She is a graduate of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Jackson has established research programs and clinics that are recognized as national centers of excellence in neuromuscular treatment. She is medical director of the South Texas ALS Association Center of Excellence and the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association)-ALS Research Center. She has participated in more than 60 multicenter clinical trials and has conducted research with the Western ALS Study Group, the Northeast ALS Research Group, and the Muscle Study Group, and contributed to more than 240 publications.
Jackson served as chief medical officer and assistant dean of ambulatory services from 2009 to 2018, vice chair for faculty development and wellness from 2018 to 2022, and interim chair for neurology since April 2022. A long-standing member and fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) , she is president-elect of the Board of Directors, co-chair of the ALS Measurement Development Panel, and co-author of the ALS Practice Parameters. dr. Jackson received the AAN Leading in Excellence Mentorship Award in 2017.
“Dr. Jackson has an exciting vision for advancing neurology throughout San Antonio and South Texas,” Hromas said in a campus announcement of her appointment.
She has been married to Penn Jackson Jr., DDS, a faculty member in the UT Health Science Center Antonio School of Dentistry for the past 14 years.
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