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Alumni in the News: Lou named founding Dr. Roger Gilbertson endowed chair of neurology at UND medical school
Author: Prairie Business
Posted: December 19, 2013


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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Jau-Shin Lou, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., a prominent neurologist, has been named the founding chair of the Dr. Roger Gilbertson Endowed Chair of Neurology at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Dr. Lou joined the Department of Neurology at the 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. Lou is widely recognized for his clinical trials in Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS) and fatigue associated with Parkinson’s disease. He was voted one of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Doctors 2011–12.


At the UND SMHS, Lou will teach medical students and post-M.D. residents in addition to his administrative responsibilities in neurology. In addition, Dr. Lou will spend half of his time seeing patients with neurological problems at Sanford Health in Fargo. He also will serve as the chair of Sanford’s Neurology department.


“I am humbled and honored to be given this opportunity to serve at the UND SMHS and Sanford Health,” said Lou.


“Dr. Lou brings great strengths to both positions—outstanding clinical skills, a genuine commitment to education, and demonstrated administrative leadership abilities,” said Joshua Wynne, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., UND vice president for health affairs and dean of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


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 M.B.A. program of Portland State University and Oregon Health Science University.


Dr. Gilbertson served as president and chief executive officer of MeritCare (now Sanford Health) for 17 years, from its beginning in 1993 until his retirement in 2009. 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.


In 2010 Sanford Health gave a $1.5 million gift to the University of North Dakota Foundation to establish the Dr. Roger Gilbertson Endowed Chair of Neurology at the UND SMHS. 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 their quality of life.

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