U Neurology Names Lab, Sets Symposium in Honor of Jack Petajan

U Neurology Names Lab, Sets Symposium in Honor of Jack Petajan

Jun 3, 2003 6:00 PM

The University of Utah School of Medicine neurology department will honor 33-year faculty member and professor of neurology, Jack H. Petajan, M.D., Ph.D., on Friday by naming a laboratory after him and holding a symposium in his honor.

The Jack H. Petajan M.D. Ph.D. Symposium pays tribute to Petajan's "outstanding clinical acumen and dedication to medical education and research," said A. Gordon Smith, M.D., assistant professor of neurology and a symposium organizer.

"Dr. Petajan has been a mentor to his students, an example for his colleagues, and a beacon of hope for his patients," Smith said.

The symposium takes place Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Huntsman Cancer Center's George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Auditorium. Four distinguished neurologists from across the country will speak at the symposium.

Petajan, who came to the U of U medical school in 1969, is an expert in neuromuscular disease and multiple sclerosis. He has received more than 20 research grants in areas such as Parkinson's disease, the physiology of fatigue, and the role of exercise therapy in neurologic disorders.

He is past president of the American Academy of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and has served on the boards of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Utah, and the Jimmie Heuga Medical Research Foundation.

Symposium presenters and their topics include: William R. Kennedy, M.D., professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota, "The Unveiling of Unmyelinated Nerves: New Opportunities for Neurologists"; Robert E. Lovelace, M.D., professor of neurology at The Neurologic Institute at Columbia University, "The Cutting Edge of Neuropathy, A Jack Petajan Inspiration: Toxic, Acquired an Genetic Aspects"; Robert G. Miller, M.D., chairman of the Department of Neurosciences at California Pacific Medical Center, "Fatigue in Neuromuscular Disease", and Jasper R. Daube, M.D., professor and former chairman of neurology at the Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minn., "Motor Unit Number Estimate: An Update."

In honor of his contributions, the Department of Neurology also will name its Electromyography Laboratory for Petajan.

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