In Memoriam: Susan S. Spencer, MD, FAAN

May 27, 2009


Former member of the AAN Board of Directors Susan S. Spencer, MD, FAAN, passed away suddenly on May 21. Spencer served on the board from 2001 to 2003, and was a past chair of the Clinical Research Subcommittee. She also served on the Science Committee, Neurology® Editorial Board, and AAN Foundation Research Council, among others.

Spencer was a professor of neurology and neurosurgery and co-director of the Yale Epilepsy Program with her husband, Dennis D. Spencer, MD, chair of the Department of Neurosurgery. She was a world-renowned expert in the treatment of epilepsy and was widely regarded for her major contributions to research in the field. Spencer also was a past president of the American Epilepsy Society (AES) and the recipient of numerous awards, including the highly prestigious AES Clinical Research Award. She was vice-president of the American Neurological Association in 2001.

Along with her husband, Spencer is survived by two daughters, both of whom are pursuing careers in medicine.