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  • 01/02/2023 3:17 PM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    Milwaukee, Dec. 14, 2022 – Ahmed Obeidat, MD, PhD, associate professor of neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and WNS Member, has been honored by BizTimes Milwaukee and named to its list of Notable Heroes in Health Care in southeastern Wisconsin. This list highlights the accomplishments of people and organizations making a positive difference on the front lines of health care in the area.

    Dr. Obeidat works with adults in diagnosing, treating, and managing multiple sclerosis (MS) and immune disorders of the central nervous system. His research at MCW focuses on advancing the understanding of what causes MS, as well as improving the efficacy and safety of current therapeutics. Dr. Obeidat was awarded a clinical care fellowship by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the National MS Society - Wisconsin Chapter. Dr. Obeidat is also an author on nearly 40 scientific articles in his field.

    The full list of Notable Heroes in Health Care is featured in the December 12 issue of BizTimes Milwaukee, as well as online.

  • 12/12/2022 10:53 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    Wisconsin Health News
    December 12, 2022

    Two doctors’ groups filed a brief with the Wisconsin Supreme Court last week arguing that courts shouldn’t compel physicians to provide the antiparasitic drug ivermectin as a COVID-19 intervention. 

    The American Medical Association and Wisconsin Medical Society asked that the court uphold an appeals court ruling earlier this year that found no legal authority to compel private healthcare providers to administer treatments that they have determined are below the standard of care. 

    The ruling came in a case brought by Allen Gahl, whose uncle was placed on a ventilator in October 2021 while hospitalized at Aurora Medical Center-Summit with COVID-19. 

    Gahl obtained a prescription for ivermectin for his uncle, but the hospital staff declined to provide it after deeming the medication below the standard of care. Gahl sued, which led a Waukesha County Court to initially order that the hospital provide his uncle with the drug. 

    The hospital appealed, and the Waukesha County judge later revised his order to require that the healthcare facility let Gahl find a doctor outside the hospital to administer ivermectin to his uncle. However, an appeals court put a hold on that order. 

    In their brief, the American Medical Association and Wisconsin Medical Society wrote that most studies investigating ivermectin haven’t found it to be an effective COVID-19 treatment. The consensus view is, apart from clinical trials, it shouldn’t be used to treat the illness, they noted.

    They wrote that the hospital met its legal and ethical duties by treating the patient with an “evidence-based protocol” that did not include the drug and that the Wisconsin Supreme Court should affirm the court of appeals' ruling.

    "Holding otherwise would allow courts to compel treatments that the medical consensus finds to be substandard,” they wrote. “That outcome forces Wisconsin's physicians to choose between the law and their ethical duties, potentially exposing patients to harm and physicians to liability.” 

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed to hear the case in September, with the plaintiff in the case arguing that the appeals court acted in error and that its decision “left a wake of confusion with citizens regarding the right to request to receive ivermectin.”

  • 07/22/2022 9:00 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    Wisconsin Medical Society
    July 21, 2022

    The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (Lifeline), a free, confidential behavioral health and support line is now available. Anyone can utilize the Lifeline at any time by calling 988 (multiple languages available), texting a message to 988 (English only), or using the chat feature at 988lifeline.org (English only). People can connect with a trained crisis counselor to get help for themselves or a loved one experiencing a crisis, such as is thoughts of suicide, a mental health concern, substance use issue or any kind of emotional distress.

    Additional details about the Lifeline:

    • Wisconsin Lifeline counselors are trained to reduce stress, provide emotional support and connect people with local resources.
    • The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is available to use at no cost to Wisconsin residents. Additional care or intervention may come with a cost.
    • Wisconsin Lifeline is not able to send an in-person response directly. An in-person response requires a transfer to another service and could involve law enforcement.
    • Calls, texts and chats with Wisconsin Lifeline are confidential between the person and counselor, unless there is imminent danger for the person or others.

    Jerry Halverson, MD, DFAPA, WisMed Board Chair and Rogers Behavioral Health Chief Medical Officer, told Fox6, "The purpose of 988 is to help you get over that crisis point, and get you someone that can help you more definitively. This is going to open up access to a lot of people who wouldn’t have taken advantage in the past. It can be a game-changer."

    The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a network of more than 200 support centers around the country. Contacts not answered by in-state partners roll over to a national backup system. The Wisconsin Lifeline has helped ensure that as many contacts as possible are answered by Wisconsin-based counselors who have the best understanding of local communities, cultures and resources. 

    Learn more about Lifeline here.

  • 07/15/2022 10:58 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    WNS joins 75 other other organizations by signing onto a letter urging Congress to explore the issue of "Long COVID".  Read the full letter here. 

  • 04/23/2022 3:03 PM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    This award is in memory of Bennett Hiner, son of long-time Society member Dr. Bradley Hiner. Bennett passed away unexpectedly in November of 2011. He was a leader in his medical school class at the University of Southern California and actively involved in neuroscience research.


    Qualified applicants are:

    • Medical students enrolled in either the Medical College of Wisconsin or the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
    • Graduate and allied health students who have completed neuroscience research within two years of the application for the award.
    • Have demonstrated leadership experience while enrolled in medical school or graduate programs.

    Learn more & Apply

  • 10/26/2021 8:52 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    WNS held the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference on Saturday, October 16th. The Conference was held virtually and drew attendees and exhibitors from across the state. Dr. Amber Ebert, Coram Consulting, LLC kicked off the meeting with an Dementia Intro, Memory Changes: What's Normal?.  A great lineup of speakers filled the day on including a sessions on Alzheimer's Therapeutics, Radiographic Testing for Parkinson's Disorder and a quick hitter session on Three New Things in Neurodegenerative Diseases with updates on REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, ALS, and Parkinson's Disease.  Dr. Charlene Gamaldo from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep Wellness joined us for a keynote presentation on Sleep: The ultimate Example of Neuro Protection.  The day wrapped up with the always popular Francis M. Forster Awards and the Annual Business meeting. Thank you to all of our presenters, attendees and exhibitors who were able to join us!

    Save the Date for the 2022 Annual Conference
    October 14-15, 2022
    Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI

  • 10/26/2021 8:48 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    WNS is pleased to announce the incoming Board of Directors for 2022-2023!

    Dominic Fee, MD
    Medical College of Wisconsin
    Milwaukee, WI

    Timothy Young, MD
    Mayo Clinic Health System
    Eau Claire, WI

    Vice President
    Aaron Struck, MD
    University of WI - Department of Neurology
    Madison, WI

    Immediate Past President
    Donn Dexter, MD
    Mayo Clinic Health System
    Eau Claire, WI

    Kathleen Shannon, MD
    University of WI - Department of Neurology
    Madison, WI

    CME Director
    Jessica Baker, MD
    University of WI - Department of Neurology
    Madison, WI

  • 10/26/2021 8:48 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    Thank you to the outgoing board members; Dr. Jennifer Connelly (CME Chair) and Dr. Doug Dulli (Immediate Past President).  Thank you for your service and leadership to the board, WNS and to neurology in Wisconsin!  

    A special thank you for Dr. Donn Dexter for leading the WNS as President in two of the most difficult years.  He lead us through the pandemic and two virtual conference.  Thank you for your leadership!

  • 10/26/2021 8:47 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    During the WNS Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, October16 the Annual Bennett Hiner Research Award Winners were announced. This award is in memory of Bennett Hiner, son of long-time Society member Dr. Bradley Hiner. Bennett passed away unexpectedly in November of 2011. He was a leader in his medical school class at the University of Southern California and actively involved in neuroscience research.

    2021 Winner

    Mokshal Porwal - Medical College of Wisconsin

    Reported Adverse Events and Safety for Multiple Sclerosis Disease Modifying Therapies

    2021 Runners-up

    Margaret Lieb - Medical College of Wisconsin

    Challenges and Potential in Targeted Muscle Reinnervation in Pediatric Amputees

    Samira Samant - Medical College of Wisconsin

    Prognosticating ALS: The Predictive Value of C9orf72 Mutations and FVC in Disease Progression

    Congratulations to all! 

  • 10/26/2021 8:47 AM | Maggie Gruennert (Administrator)

    Each year the Francis M. Forster Award is presented are during the WNS Annual Meeting. Residents and fellows submit their abstracts to their Residency Program Director and a maximum of two abstracts are then selected from each institution (MCW and UW) for presentation at the meeting. The content of the presentations can be either in house research under faculty guidance or interesting cases.  Congratulations to the following. 

    Best Presentation

    William Pennant, MD, MSc
    Looking Under the Rock: Door-to-Needle Experience at a Single Institution

    Runners up

    Mehraveh Garjani, MD, MS
    A Case of Progressive Lower Extremity Weakness

    Hiu Li, MD
    Pediatric Neurology

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