New Editors Appointed for Academy Websites

July 14, 2009


New associate editors have been appointed to oversee sections of the Academy's and websites. The associate editors, reporting to Editor-in-Chief Orly Avitzur, MD, MBA, FAAN, are responsible for recruiting, screening, and prioritizing content for publication, as well as maintaining communications among committees, subcommittees, and those charged with developing the website sections.

The new associate editor for the Science area is José G. Merino, MD, MPhil, who serves as medical director and stroke hospitalist at Suburban Hospital Stroke Program in Bethesda, MD, as well as associate investigator in the Section on Stroke Diagnostics and Stroke at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Merino is an ad hoc reviewer for Neurology®.

Glen R. Finney, MD, assumes duties for the Advocacy area on He is assistant professor of neurology at the College of Medicine, University of Florida. Finney has been involved with the Academy's advocacy activities since 2004, including the Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum and currently serves on the Government Relations Committee. He has served as an ad hoc reviewer for Neurology since 2007.

Named associate editor for—the Academy's patient education site—is Daniel B. Hoch, PhD, MD. He is a neurologist specializing in epilepsy at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he developed an Internet resource that facilitates communication and patient knowledge between patients and with their care givers. Hoch has been a member of the AAN's Web Advisory Committee since 2007 and an ad-hoc reviewer for Neurology since 2001.

"The new Science and Advocacy editors bring a wealth of information and knowledge to our team," said Avitzur. "I am excited about working with them and expanding their sections of"

She is also looking forward to growing the AAN's patient website, with the insight and expertise Hoch brings. "I'm very pleased that Dr. Hoch, who helped found one of the first online patient communities, will be serving as associate editor for We have plans to add a number of tools and resources to assist members in the upcoming months."