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SAN ANTONIO (Sept. 23, 2022) — Carlayne E. Jackson, MD, a specialist in the treatment and research of neuromuscular disorders such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease), has been appointed chair of the Department of Neurology in the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Robert A. Hromas, MD, professor and dean of the Long School of Medicine, announced the appointment, which is effective immediately.
Jackson earned her medical degree at UT Health Science Center San Antonio in 1987 and subsequently completed residency training in neurology and a clinical fellowship in neurophysiology. She is a graduate of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Jackson has created research programs and clinics recognized as national Centers of Excellence in neuromuscular treatment. She is medical director for the South Texas ALS Association Center of Excellence and the MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association)-ALS Research Center. She has participated in more than 60 multicenter clinical trials and conducted research with the Western ALS Study Group, the Northeast ALS Research Group and the Muscle Study Group, contributing to more than 240 publications.
Jackson served as chief medical officer and assistant dean of ambulatory services from 2009 to 2018, vice chair for faculty development and wellness from 2018 to 2022, and interim chair of neurology since April 2022. A longstanding member and Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), she is president-elect of the Board of Directors, co-chaired the ALS Measurement Development Panel and co-authored the ALS Practice Parameters. Dr. Jackson was awarded the AAN Leading in Excellence Mentorship Award in 2017.
“Dr. Jackson has an exciting vision for advancing neurology throughout San Antonio and South Texas,” Hromas said in a campus announcement of her appointment.
She is married to Penn Jackson Jr., DDS, a faculty member in the UT Health Science Center Antonio School of Dentistry for the past 14 years.
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About UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine:
The Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio is the largest trainer of physicians in South Texas, many of whom remain in San Antonio and the region to practice medicine. With full accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the school annually educates more than 900 students and trains 800 residents.
The UT Health Physicians practice is the largest vertically integrated medical group in San Antonio with 850 physicians in more than 100 specialties. This is powerful for patients, because specialists who are at the top of their professions work together in close proximity. Only here can a patient see these specialists as part of one team, each talking to the other about the patient's case. The spectrum of health care extends from primary care in health maintenance and disease prevention, all the way through the most complex specialty care, such as liver transplants or curing cardiac arrhythmias.
The Long School of Medicine and UT Health San Antonio have a highly productive research enterprise replete with basic scientific discoveries and state-of-the-art clinical care. World leaders in Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, cancer, aging and kidney disease, to name a few fields, are translating molecular discoveries into new therapies for these diseases. School of Medicine faculty members regularly publish in the top journals in the nation. UT Health San Antonio is home to the only National Cancer Institute designated Cancer Center in Central and South Texas, and a National Health Institute funded aging center and clinical trials center.
San Antonio is fertile ground for testing new clinical treatments because demographically it is what the nation will look like in 20 years. The School of Medicine's clinical, research and educational partnerships with University Health System, the military including the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, and numerous state and private partners enrich San Antonio's large biosciences and health care economic sector.
About Carlayne Jackson, MD:
Carlayne E. Jackson, MD, FAAN, is currently professor of neurology and otolaryngology at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA). She also serves as vice chair for Faculty Development and Wellness and is chief of the Neuromuscular Section.
Jackson is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering. She obtained her medical degree at UTHSCSA, where she subsequently completed her neurology residency training and clinical neurophysiology fellowship. She has obtained board subspecialty certification in both clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular medicine. She is a graduate of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program sponsored by Drexel University College of Medicine.
Jackson serves as medical director for the South Texas ALSA Center of Excellence and the South Texas MDA Clinic. She is a member of the Western ALS Study Group, Northeast ALS Research Group, and the Muscle Study Group. She has participated in over 60 multi-center clinical trials in the areas of ALS, muscular dystrophy, and myasthenia gravis and has published over 230 abstracts, journal articles, and book chapters.
Jackson currently serves as the chair of the AAN Meeting Management Committee and Board Planning Committee in addition to her role as secretary on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. She has previously served the AAN as a member of the Science Committee, Meeting Management Committee, Leadership Development Committee, and the Board of Directors. She was a member of the Continuum® editorial board from 2007–2017. She co-chaired the ALS Measurement Development Panel and co-authored the ALS Practice Parameters. She has actively participated on the Education Subcommittee and the Neuromuscular Topic Work Group. Jackson participated in the Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum in 2013 and has been a delegate to Neurology on the Hill. She has served as a mentor in the Emerging Leaders Program, the Diversity Leaders Program, Women Leading in Neurology and the Transforming Leaders Program and received the AAN Leading in Excellence Mentorship Award in 2017.
UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine: https://www.uthscsa.edu/academics/medicine/about
Carlayne Jackson, MD: https://www.aan.com/about-the-aan/board-of-directors-carlayne-jackson/