The year 2013 marks my 35th year affiliated with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The first eleven were spent developing a neurology service at the affiliated VA Medical Centers. In 1988 I moved to the Brigham to become the Chief of the Neurology Division in the Department of Medicine. Over the next several years Brigham Neurology became independent of the Department of Medicine. This occurred in three steps: A Harvard Medical School academic appointing department was created in 1994. The Brigham and Women’s Hospital established a Department of Neurology in 1996, and the Department joined the newly created Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization (BWPO) in 2002.
My goal has been to lead the Department by recruiting a cadre of academic neurologists who could best articulate the traditional values of medicine, while simultaneously moving the science of neurology forward and embracing the changes in the way medical care is delivered and the manner in which medicine is taught.
It is my deeply held view that a broad mission of this type can only be realized by a team of expert and dedicated people with a wide range of training and talent that span clinical expertise, basic research, clinical research, and educational dedication and effort.
It has been my privilege to be here as this relatively new Department has expanded and thrived.
Martin A. Samuels, MD, DSc(hon), FAAN, MACP, FRCP, FANA Founding and Current Chair