Shlomo Shinnar, M.D., Ph.D., Elected 2nd Vice President of American Epilepsy Society

Embargoed for release until December 4, 2015

PHILADELPHIA, December 4, 2015—Shlomo Shinnar, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Neurology, Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Population Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Hyman Climenko professor of Neuroscience Research and director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Management Center at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, has been elected to the office of second vice president of the American Epilepsy Society. The announcement was made during the organization’s 69th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Following a two-year tenure as a vice president, Shinnar is expected to become president in December 2017.

“It is a deep honor and privilege to be named second vice president of this organization,” said Shinnar. “AES will continue to serve as a strong voice for advancing our understanding of epilepsy.”

Shinnar has a long and distinguished track record of research in epilepsy. He is currently the principal investigator of the NINDS funded “Consequences of Prolonged Febrile Seizures in Childhood – FEBSTAT,” which received a Javits Investigator Award. He is the coinvestigator of the Einstein NeuroNEXT Center of Excellence for Clinical Trials in Neuroscience and also serves on the executive committee of the Childhood Absence trial and the ESETT trial.

Shinnar’s research interests include a variety of topics relating to childhood seizures, including initiation and discontinuation of antiseizure drug therapy, initial seizure prognosis, prognosis following discontinuation of medications, status epilepticus, sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, and febrile seizures.

Special recognitions for Shinnar include the AES’s Research Recognition Award and CURE’s 2011 Epilepsy Research Leadership Award.

Shinnar is currently serving on the AES Board of Directors and has previously served as chair of its Guidelines Committee as well as chair of the Awards Committee. He is also the past chair of the Epilepsy Section of the American Academy of Neurology.

About the American Epilepsy Society:

The American Epilepsy Society is a medical and scientific society whose members are engaged in research and clinical care for people with epilepsy. For more than 75 years, AES has provided a dynamic global forum where professionals from academia, private practice, not-for-profit, government and industry can learn, share and grow. Find out more at


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