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Children’s National Health System Neurologist - Named Treasurer of American Epilepsy Society
Washington, D.C., December 9, 2013 – William D. Gaillard, MD, who heads the Division of Neurophysiology, Epilepsy, and Critical Care Neurology at Children’s National Health System, was elected treasurer of the American Epilepsy Society (AES) over the weekend during the Society’s 67th annual meeting at the Washington Convention Center. Dr. Gaillard, who also holds professorships at George Washington University and Georgetown University, joined the AES board in 2009. He replaces Michael Privitera, M.D., who was elected AES second vice president.
The American Epilepsy Society is the preeminent professional society for physicians and scientists concerned with the prevention, treatment, and research of epilepsy in the United States.
Dr. Gaillard is a practicing pediatric neurologist and scientist whose research focuses on the effects of childhood epilepsy on brain structure and function. He has published more than 180 papers and book chapters with an emphasis on the use of imaging in the investigation of patients with epilepsy.
As an active participant in AES activities, Dr. Gaillard has served on the organization’s Council on Education, the Scientific Program, and Annual Meeting Committee, and as chair of the Clinical Investigator Workshop, and Pediatric Content Committees. He also serves as an associate editor for the journals Epilepsia and Epilepsy Research and as a regular reviewer on AES and Epilepsy Foundation study sections.
The epilepsies affect 50 million people worldwide, including three million in the United States. The disorder can have a single specific, well-defined cause, such as a head injury, or manifest as a syndrome with a complex of symptoms. It is the third most common neurological disorder after Alzheimer’s disease and stroke.
About the American Epilepsy Society (AES)
The American Epilepsy Society, based in West Hartford, Conn., seeks to advance and improve the treatment of epilepsy through the promotion of epilepsy research and education for healthcare professionals. Society membership includes physicians and scientists who study and treat epilepsy (epileptologists) and allied professionals who care for people with seizure disorders.
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