Mark Hallett, MD, receives the AANEM’s highest member honor—the Lifetime Achievement Award—for the breadth and depth of his contributions to the EDX and NM fields, including mentoring young investigators and faculty nationally and internationally. When asked about what this honor means to him, Dr. Hallett responded, “I am very pleased. The AANEM was the first organization where I devoted a considerable amount of my time, and it is very satisfying that my contributions have been considered valuable.”
Dr. Hallett has been at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) since 1984, where he serves as Chief of the Human Motor Control Section focusing on the physiology and pathophysiology of movement. His interests in motor control are wide-ranging and include brain plasticity and its relevance to neurological disorders and the pathophysiology of dystonia, Parkinsonism, and myoclonus. Recently, he has become interested in disorders of volition, including tic and psychogenic movement disorders. His group was among the first to use botulinum toxin for the treatment of focal hand dystonia.
“My interest has always been in the physiology of how the brain and nervous system work. EDX was a necessary skill, along with others,” said Dr. Hallett. “For many years I was focused on NM medicine, but recently my focus has been on movement disorders.”
While EDX medicine has changed since Dr. Hallett began his career, he said, “The change has been slower than in other areas of medicine in part because EDX was powerful to begin with. The use of ultrasound is a nice advance.”
Dr. Hallett has held many roles in the AANEM, including serving on the Board of Directors from 1984-93 and as president in 1991-92. He also served on the Finance Committee for many years and received the Distinguished Researcher Award in 2002. He sat on the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine’s Board of Directors from 1999-2007, serving one term as chair and several years on the Examination Committee.
“My involvement in the AANEM has contributed enormously to my career. Not only did I learn a great deal about EDX, but I also learned about organizations and their management, how to run a meeting, how to write and administer medical examinations, and how to build friendships in medicine even across disciplines,” said Dr. Hallett.
He concluded, “The key to the future of EDX and NM medicine is to be helpful to our patients. We can’t lose sight of that.”
AANEM Achievement Awards
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