Award Lectures & Recipients

The ACNS Awards Committee, chaired by Suzette M. LaRoche, MD, FACNS, is pleased to announce the following recipients of ACNS’s 2023 awards who will be recognized at the upcoming 2023 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

Herbert H. Jasper Award
Thoru M. Yamada, MD, FACNS

The Jasper Award is presented annually to an individual who has made a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the field of clinical neurophysiology.

Thoru M. Yamada, MD, FACNS is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Neurology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Carver College of Medicine. He served as the Professor of Neurology and Chief in the Division of Clinical Electrophysiology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics from 1989-2013.

Dr. Yamada has provided decades of teaching, mentoring and research in the field of clinical and basic neurophysiology. He has authored numerous publications, chapters and books in the field and is well known internationally for his research and publication endeavors. His influence is widely felt throughout the neurophysiology community for his work in EEG, and neurophysiologic intraoperative monitoring.

Dr. Yamada will be recognized during a general session on Tuesday, March 28, 2023.


Pierre Gloor Award
Thomas P. Bleck, MD, FACNS

The Gloor Award is presented annually for outstanding current contributions to central clinical neurophysiology research.

Thomas P. Bleck, MD, FACNS is Professor of Neurology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he directs the neurocritical care fellowship. In 2021, Dr. Bleck was inducted into the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators of Northwestern University. He currently serves on the ABIM’s Critical Care Medicine Approval Committee.

Dr. Bleck has served as a principal for key investigations, including the ESETT trial for treatment of status epilepticus and related studies, studies of seizures after intracerebral hemorrhage and subdural hematoma, and the DECIDE study of rapid response EEG. He has co-authored evidence based guidelines on treatment of convulsive status epilepticus for American Epilepsy Society (AES), and evaluation and management of status epilepticus for the Neurocritical Care Society.

Dr. Bleck will be recognized and will deliver the 2023 Gloor Lecture titled, "Hans Berger Meets ECMO: A Clinical Neurophysiologist in the Intensive Care Unit" on Tuesday, March 28, 2023.


Robert S. Schwab Award
Peter J. Dyck, MD

The Schwab Award is presented annually for outstanding current contributions to peripheral clinical neurophysiology research.

Peter J. Dyck, MD is currently Professor of Neurology at the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Dyck is a member of several national and international medical societies and is a former President of the American Neurological Association (1992-93) and the Peripheral Neuropathy Association (1984-94). He is a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (2019).

Dr. Dyck was involved in the original description of several different types of neuropathies, including chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy and inherited polyneuropathies. He has edited twelve textbooks on the subject of peripheral neuropathies, been involved in many treatment trials of peripheral neuropathies, and has published extensively in the area of polyneuropathy.

Dr. Dyck will be recognized and deliver the 2023 Schwab Lecture titled,“Improved Nerve Conductions for Medical Practice and Research" on Monday, March 27, 2023.


Marc R. Nuwer Service Award
Aatif M. Husain, MD, FACNS

The Marc R. Nuwer Service Award is presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding service to ACNS and its members, including non-scientific contributions.

Aatif M. Husain, MD, FACNS is currently Professor of Neurology, Division Chief, Epilepsy, Sleep, and Neurophysiology in the Department of Neurology at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Husain has been an ACNS member since 1999 and served as the ACNS President from 2014 to 2015. Dr. Husain was recently re-elected Treasurer of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology (IFCN) for a second four-year term.

Dr. Husain will be recognized during the Annual Business Meeting on Monday, March 27, 2023.


Distinction in Teaching Award
Ioannis Karakis, MD, PhD, MSc, FACNS

This award was created in 2021 to recognize a mid-career ACNS member for outstanding accomplishments in teaching clinical neurophysiology to fellows, residents, medical students or EEG technologists.

Ioannis Karakis, MD, PhD, MSc, FACNS is currently an Associate Professor of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the Director of Grady Memorial Hospital Electroencephalography and Epilepsy Services and Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital Intraoperative Monitoring Services.

Dr. Karakis has board certification in all related areas of CNP including, ABPN-CNP, ABCN-IOM, ABPN-epilepsy, ABPN- NM medicine, and ABEM. He has given numerous lectures to CNP fellows and residents as part of junior faculty development lecture series, educational scholarship series, and courses for ACNS, including the CNP Bootcamp series.

Dr. Karakis will be recognized during the Annual Business Meeting on Monday, March 27, 2023.


Distinction in Service Award
Hiba A. Haider, MD, FACNS, FAES

This award was created in 2021 to recognize a mid-career ACNS member who has demonstrated outstanding service to the field of clinical neurophysiology at the institutional or national level.

Hiba A. Haider, MD, FACNS, FAES is an Associate Professor of Neurology in the Epilepsy Section and the Director of Critical Care EEG Monitoring Services at the University of Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Haider has been recognized for her multidisciplinary work in organizing, standardizing, and implementing institutional seizure management protocols. She has chaired, directed, and lectured at national or international epilepsy/clinical neurophysiology meetings and currently serves as an ACNS Council member.

Dr. Haider will be recognized during the Annual Business Meeting on Monday, March 27, 2023.

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