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NorthShore University HealthSystem Appoints Neurology Department Chairman

Movement disorders expert returns to his roots after 20 years at the Mayo Clinic

11/6/2009 – The NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) Department of Neurology welcomes Demetrius (“Jim”) Maraganore, M.D., as its new Ruth Cain Ruggles Chair of the Department of Neurology.  Maraganore joins NorthShore from the Mayo Clinic where he served as the chair of the movement disorders program at the three Mayo sites in Rochester, MN, Scottsdale, AZ, and Jacksonville, FL. 

"I have dedicated my career to the development of methods to predict, prevent, and halt brain disorders,” Maraganore said.  “At NorthShore I join an outstanding team of neurologists who share this vision. We will partner with NorthShore institutes, affiliates, and the Chicagoland community to ensure success." 

Maraganore’s vision for the department includes a strong and committed focus on neuroscience research as well as clinical and geographical growth for all of the department’s services including Alzheimer’s and memory disorders, epilepsy, headache, Multiple Sclerosis, neuromuscular, neuro-oncology, Parkinson’s and movement disorders, sleep disorders, stroke, and women’s neurology. NorthShore’s Department of Neurology has 48 members, including 25 full-time faculty with inpatient and outpatient practice sites across the North Shore of Chicago.  

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Maraganore to NorthShore,” said Janardan Khandekar, M.D., Chairman, Department of Medicine at NorthShore.  “He will play an integral role in maximizing our clinical and academic programs, particularly in the area of molecular medicine while leading subspecialty program development and growth across the health system.” 

Maraganore has published more than 125 articles in peer reviewed journals with an emphasis on the development of methods to predict, prevent, and halt Parkinson’s Disease.  He and his collaborators work with investigators worldwide to discover the genetic risk factors involved with Parkinson’s Disease and other brain disorders.  He is a member of various international organizations including the International Executive Committee of the Movement Disorders Society and is the Principle Investigator for the Genetic Epidemiology of Parkinson’s Disease Consortium. 

Dr. Maraganore began his career in Evanston more than 20 years ago after he received his medical degree from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  He then completed his internship and residency in neurology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine and a fellowship in movement disorders at The National Hospital for Nervous Disorders in London, England.