Recent Honors & Awards


Awarded in 2018

Zachary A. Miller, MD was awarded the Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral Neurology, sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, in January 2018. He will give a presentation during a scientific session at the AAN 70th Annual Meeting in April.

Awarded in 2017

Katerina Akassoglou, PhD has been elected to the Editorial Board of Annals of Neurology, an official journal of the American Neurological Association, for a 3-year term starting in January 2018.

Steven Finkbeiner, MD, PhD was awarded the 2017 Commitment to a Cure Award from the ALS Association Golden West Chapter. Dr. Finkbeiner was also awarded the Senator Jacob Javits Award in the Neurosciences.

Audrey Foster-Barber, MD, PhD has been named the 2018 recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award given by the Child Neurology Society.

Stephen L. Hauser, MD received the 2017 Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Research for his paradigm-changing discoveries that have paved the way for a highly effective drug for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.

Claude Hemphill, MD, MAS received the 2017 J. Elliott Royer Award for Excellence in Academic Neurology.

Robert Edwards, MD has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors accorded to American scientists. He is the fourth member of the Neurology faculty to be elected to the NAS.

Daniel Lowenstein, MD has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

Bruce Miller, MD was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine in October 2017. Earlier this year he also received the Lloyd Holly Smith Award for Exceptional Service to the School of Medicine from UCSF.

Alex Pollen, PhD (Neurology) and Tomasz Nowakowski, PhD (Anatomy) are joint recipients of this year’s Krieg Cortical Kudos Explorer Award. The awards are given by the Cajal Club, an international organization for neuroanatomists, and are presented each year to neuroscientists for outstanding research on the structure and connections of the cerebral cortex. 

Emmanuelle Waubant, MD, PhD was the 2017 Whitaker Lecturer for the Consortium of MS Centers to highlight her MS research. 

Exceptional Physician Awards

Tina Shih, MD and Sabine Mueller, MD, PhD received the 2017 Exceptional Physician Awards, which are given for demonstrating UCSF’s PRIDE values: professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence. 

Excellence in Teaching Awards

Karen Parko, MD and Nicole Rosendale, MD won this peer-nominated award for teaching.The award recognizes outstanding teachers of medical students, residents, and fellows.

UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

Two teams in Neurology received the 2017 Trailblazer Awards for high-risk, high-rewards research: Bruce A.C. Cree, MD, PhD, and Scott Zamvil, MD, PhD; and Suzee Lee, MD, and Maria Luisa Gorno Tempini, MD, PhD.



The 2017 Staff Appreciation and Recognition Plan has granted Achievement Awards to five people in Neurology:

Catherine Freyer, MBAResearch Grant Program Manager
Mary Koester, RN, MS, PhD - Project Administrator and Trials Nurse 
Robin Ketelle, RN, MS - Clinical Nurse Specialist 
Kevin McKenna - Informatics Manager
Shannon Warto - Program Manager

The SPOT Awards are given for significant contributions for a specific project: 

Rudy Asuncion 
Andrew Barnecut 
Janace Hart
Carey Herman
Chris Jehle
Maria Kuchherzki
Peili Lee
Eleanor O’Brien
Lani Pettersen
Adam Santaniello
Iris Solorzano
Maxwell Stern
Edward Wahyu
Jenna Weight
Stacey Yamamoto
Janet Yau


Christy Sheehy, PhD from Ari Green’s lab won the runner up prize and the People’s Choice award in this year’s Slam with her presentation, “The Eye: A Window Into Our Brain."