Dear Section Members:
I am honored to be the new Chair of the Behavioral Neurology Section and hope to continue the excellent work carried out by my predecessors, Mark D'Esposito and Dan Kaufer. Among their many efforts, Mark dedicated himself to ensuring that high quality cognitive neuroscience remains an integral part of Academy meetings, and Dan spearheaded the process of developing a strategic plan for our section.
In many ways, our subspecialty is doing extremely well. For example, behavioral neurology was the first discipline to develop programs accredited by the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties. Currently, there are 18 fellowship programs and over 200 Diplomates.
As a section, we have an opportunity to help shape the future of our discipline, which is in the process of determining its relationship to other pertinent fields, including cognitive neuroscience, geriatric neurology, neuropsychiatry, and neuroimaging.
I continue to view the following as among the most challenging opportunities for our section:
Success in these areas is essential to the viability of our discipline and to our capacity to attract the next generation of behavioral neurologists.
I look forward to the opportunity to help lead these efforts and would greatly appreciate your involvement.
Kirk R. Daffner, MD
Chair, Behavioral Neurology Section of the AAN