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Lewis P. Rowland, MD
Professor of Neurology
Chairman of Neurology & Director of the Neurology
Service (1973 - 1998)


  • MD: Yale University
Board Certification:
Neurology and Psychiatry (Neurology)

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Former director of the ALS Center, Dr. Rowland is Professor of Neurology at Columbia University. From 1973 to 1998 he was Chairman of Neurology and Director of the Neurology Service, Presbyterian Hospital. He founded and, with Professor Salvatore DiMauro, was Co-Director of the H. Houston Merritt Clinical Research Center for Muscular Dystrophy and Related Diseases at Columbia University Medical Center. He founded and was Co-Director (with Dr. D. J. Lange and Mrs. Maura Del Bene) of the Eleanor and Lou Gehrig MDA/ALS Center until 1999 when Dr. H. Mitsumoto became Director. Before coming to Columbia, from 1967 to 1973, Dr. Rowland was Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dr. Rowland received both his B.S. and his M.D. from Yale University where he graduated cum laude and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He was trained in biochemistry and is especially known for research in neuromuscular diseases and age-related neurodegenerative diseases, especially ALS. He has written many papers on ALS and edited two books on that disease. He was the Editor-in Chief of Neurology, 1977-1987, and has been a member of the editorial boards of other journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Medical Letter and the Journal of Neurological Sciences. From 2000 to the end of 2009, he was the chief editor of another publication of the American Academy of Neurology, a newspaper called Neurology Today. He is the editor of Merritt's Textbook of Neurology, Current Neurologic Drugs, and Clinical Cases in Neurology. Dr. Rowland has been President of the American Neurological Association (1980-81), President of the American Academy of Neurology (1989-91), and Chairman of the Academy's Education and Research Foundation. He is currently President of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation and a member of the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Rowland no longer consults on private patients but continues to teach medical students and residents in patient-centered conferences.

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