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Release: Sept. 4, 2001

UI Department of Neurology to host second annual A. L. Sahs Lecture

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Health care professionals are invited to attend the second annual A. L. Sahs Lecture at 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 10, in the Ziffren Conference Room in the John Colloton Pavilion at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The UI Department of Neurology will host the lecture, which will be preceded by a reception in the lobby outside the conference room.

The year's A. L. Sahs Lecture will be given by Louis Robert Caplan, M.D., professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and chief of the Stroke Service at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Caplan's lecture is titled, "What We Know and Don't Know About Posterior Circulation Ischemia."

"We are grateful to the Sahs family for supporting this lectureship in memory of Dr. Sahs. Dr. Sahs was a true pioneer in the field of stroke," said Harold Adams, M.D., UI professor of neurology. "We are delighted to honor him by inviting an internationally recognized stroke expert, Dr. Louis Caplan to give this year's lecture."

The Adolph L. Sahs Memorial Visiting Lectureship Fund was established by Mrs. M. Alice Sahs in memory of her late husband, A. L. Sahs, M.D., with a $50,000 gift from the Sahs family to the UI Foundation. The Adolph L. Sahs Memorial Visiting Lectureship Fund is designed to bring renowned lecturers in the field of neurology to the UI each year.

Caplan received his medical degree in 1962 from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He is internationally recognized for his work on many aspects of stroke and has published extensively on the subject. He is or has been on the editorial boards of 21 medical journals. Caplan also has been honored for his research by both national and international stroke and neurological societies.

Caplan founded the Harvard Stroke Registry at Beth Israel Hospital in the early 1970s. In 1978 he became neurologist-in-chief at the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago and professor of neurology at the University of Chicago. From 1984 until 1997 he was neurologist-in-chief at the New England Medical Center in Boston and professor and chairman of neurology and professor of medicine at Tufts University. In 1998 Caplan returned to the Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In addition to his achievements in the areas of patient care and research, Caplan also is a dedicated educator; he has trained 46 stroke fellows, including 28 international fellows.

Sahs received both his undergraduate (1927) and medical (1931) degrees at the UI and spent almost his entire career on the UI neurology faculty. He was department head from 1948 to 1974 and was professor emeritus from 1974 until his death in 1986.

Sahs was internationally recognized as an expert in cerebrovascular disease. He was also a renowned teacher and diagnostician who authored 185 publications and had many affiliations with prominent medical organizations. Sahs was a founding member and president of the American Academy of Neurology and president of the American Neurological Association and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

For more information, contact Harold Adams, M.D., UI professor of neurology, at (319) 356-4110

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