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Dr. Jau-Shin Lou Named Endowed Chair of Neurology

The Dr. Roger Gilbertson Endowed Chair of Neurology at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences (UND SMHS) was established in 2010 with a $1.5 million gift from Sanford Health in honor of Roger Gilbertson, M.D., president and chief executive officer of MeritCare (now Sanford Health) from its beginning in 1993 until his retirement in 2009.

Endowed chairs provide an invaluable means to ensure academic excellence in teaching and research. The Dr. Roger Gilbertson Endowed Chair in Neurology will provide leadership in developing projects involving students in support of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences mission to discover knowledge that benefits the people of North Dakota and enhances the quality of life.

Dr. Lou is widely recognized for his clinical trials in Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS) and fatigue associate with Parkinson’s disease. At UND SMHS, Dr. Lou will teach medical students and post-M.D. residents in addition to his administrative responsibilities in neurology. He will spend half of his time seeing patients with neurological problems at Sanford Health in Fargo, and will also serve as chair of Sanford’s Neurology department.

Jau-Shin Lou, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Lou earned his medical doctorate from the National Taiwan University Medical School in Taipei, Taiwan. He completed his residency training in neurology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and he completed a fellowship in motor control at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, Md.

His Ph.D. in Neurophysiology is from the University of Minnesota. His research and scholarly interests are fatigue associated with Parkinson’s disease.

He also holds a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from the joint MBA program of Portland State University and Oregon Health Science University.

Dr. Lou joined the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine in Portland in 1999 and served as a teacher, clinician and scientist. Most recently, he served as a professor and director of the ALS/Neuromuscular Diseases Center and Electromyography Laboratory.

Roger Gilbertson, M.D.

Dr. Gilbertson served as president and chief executive officer of MeritCare (now Sanford Health) for 17 years. His leadership fostered tremendous growth in size and capabilities, and brought MeritCare to national prominence as an integrated health care system and as a national voice in health care reform and public policy.

One of Dr. Gilbertson’s greatest accomplishments was firmly establishing the vision for coordinated health care in the region, starting with his key role in the merger of St. Luke’s Hospitals and Fargo Clinic, and the expansion of MeritCare’s regional network from a Fargo-based operation to a regional health care system.

Dr. Gilbertson was also a practicing neuroradiologist for 30 years and was instrumental in establishing neuroradiology as a medical subspecialty in western Minnesota and North Dakota.

Posted Date: December 2013