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2015 Royer Award Recipients: Robert H. Edwards, MD, and Jeffrey Klingman, MD

Published: 06/16/2015

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Robert Haas Edwards, MD (left) and Jeffrey Klingman, MD 

Dr. Robert Haas Edwards and Dr. Jeffrey Klingman were recently announced as recipients of the 2015 Royer Award.

The award, which includes a substantial cash prize, goes to two neurologists every other year, one who is an academic neurologist and the other who is a community-based practitioner.

The Royer Award for Excellence in Academic Neurology will be awarded to Dr. Robert H. Edwards, Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry. Robert has made important breakthroughs that have changed the field of neuroscience, and he has established an environment at UCSF for the flourishing of basic, clinical and translational research on Parkinson's disease. He is a masterful educator who has contributed immeasurably to our academic programs. He co-directs the UCSF Cell Biology Program, has served for over ten years as Associate Director of the UCSF Medical Scientist Training Program, and he is an outstanding role model for respect, ethics, and approachability. Despite his busy schedule and tremendous scientific contributions, Dr. Edwards also provides a high level of service in his field, putting time into advisory boards for foundations, review committees for NIH, and editorial boards for journals. It is gratifying to note that his former trainees, when they launch their own careers, are eager to find opportunities to serve, teach and mentor. His impact is incalculable.

The Royer Award for Excellence in Community Neurology will be awarded to Dr. Jeffrey Klingman, Chair of the Neurology Chiefs at The Permanente Medical Group. In recent years, he has implemented a patient-centered, evidence based, multidisciplinary model that has improved the standard of care for neurology patients in the East Bay. Dr. Klingman has held leadership roles with the East Bay American Heart Association and the Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association. Thanks to his leadership, all 20 medical centers in Kaiser Norther California are now Primary Stroke Centers. Perhaps most importantly, he is a truly wonderful teacher who is a preceptor for the UCSF-Kaiser Longitudinal Clerkship Program. He has been an incredibly positive force in the community.

Their awards will be presented at a grand rounds this fall on a date to be announced.