Welcome S. Thomas Carmichael, M.D., Ph.D. as Neurology's new chair

Posted on August 19, 2016

With great pleasure, we welcome the appointment of Professor S. Thomas Carmichael as chair of the Department of Neurology, beginning August 22, 2016.  Dr. Carmichael, an outstanding clinician-scientist and educator, will be replacing Professor Marie-Françoise Chesselet, who has served as interim chair for the past 17 months.
Dr. Carmichael is Professor of Neurology, has served as Vice Chair for Research in the department since 2011, as Co-Director of the UCLA Broad Stem Cell Center since 2014, co-Director of the Regeneration Theme in the School of Medicine, and holds the Carol and James Collins Chair.  Dr. Carmichael received M.D. and Ph.D. degrees and completed training in Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine, serving as Chief Resident in 1997-1998.  He was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute postdoctoral fellow at UCLA from 1998-2001, studying mechanisms of axonal sprouting, with a clinical emphasis on neurorehabilitation and stroke.  A member of the UCLA faculty since 2001, Dr. Carmichael conducts an active research program, directs the Translational Neuroscience Training Grant for Neurology residents, and is an attending physician on the neurorehabilitation and stroke clinical services at UCLA.

Dr. Carmichael’s laboratory studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neural repair after stroke and other forms of brain injury with a goal to develop new molecular therapies for stroke recovery.  This work has led to publications in high impact journals, as well as several patents and clinical trials in stroke.  His lab is funded by the NIH, the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, and other agencies.  Dr. Carmichael serves as Associate Editor of Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair and is the Director of the Adelson Program in Neural Repair, the largest and most productive scientific group in this field.  He has served on NIH panels to review the intramural program, as a standing study section member and to develop long term funding priorities for dementia and stroke.  Dr. Carmichael received the American Society of Neurorehabilitation Outstanding Clinician-Scientist Award in 2009 and the Larry L. Hillblom Foundation Distinguished Scholar Award in 2005 among many other honors for research and teaching.

In announcing this transition, we wish to express our deep gratitude to Dr. Chesselet for her exceptional leadership and dedication during her time of service as Interim Chair of the Department of Neurology. She will be retiring in October after 20 years as a Bruin, having created a legacy of discovery, leadership and teaching.  Dr. Chesselet’s distinguished career at UCLA has included her achievements as Chair of the Department of Neurobiology from 2002 to 2013, Director of the Integrative Center for Neural Repair, and her creation (in 1998) and leadership of the Center for the Study of Parkinson's Disease at UCLA.  We thank Dr. Chesselet for all she has done for UCLA and the Department, and wish her a fabulous and fulfilling life as a Professor Emerita.