Dennis Choi

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Dennis W. Choi, M.D., Ph.D., (born in Ann Arbor, Michigan) was the Jones Professor and head of neurology at the Center for the Study of Nervous System Injury at Washington University in St. Louis He was part of the team that treated Christopher Reeve following the actor's notorious spinal cord injury. At the end of 2001 he left the full-time faculty to join Merck Research Labs. Choi resigned from his position at Merck in 2006.

Choi grew up in Watertown, Massachusetts, attended Harvard College, from which he graduated in 1974, and went on to Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology to receive an MD and a PhD in Pharmacology in 1978. Choi also completed his residency and fellowship in Neurology at Harvard. He currently sits on the boards of a number of national health and science-related organizations, and has published several papers in prominent journals, including Science and the Journal of Neuroscience. Choi also serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Cure Alzheimer's Fund.

For a few months in 2006, Choi played drums in the Philadelphia area surf band, Surf and Turf.

Choi arrived at Emory University in August 2007, where he currently serves as the Director of the Comprehensive Neurosciences Center and the Neuroscience, Human Nature, and Society Initiative, both of which are under the umbrella of Emory Healthcare. He is also a professor in the departments of neurology and biology.[1]

In the Spring of 2009, Choi taught an undergraduate course entitled "Neurofunction and Artificial Intelligence" for the Emory University Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology Program.[2]

He is currently the chair of the Department of Neurology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine in Long Island, New York.


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