Leslie P. Weiner , M.D.
Professor of Neurology and
Richard Angus Grant Sr, Chair in Neurology
MS Comprehensive Care Center & Research Group
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Dr. Leslie Weiner joined USC as Professor of Neurology and Microbiology in 1975 and was appointed as of Chair of Neurology in 1979. In this position, he not only built a successful team of clinician and basic scientists to focus on the study and treatment of patients with multiple sclerosis, but also established a strong clinical department with expertise in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other movement and neuromuscular disorders, stroke, epilepsy and general Neurology. In addition, he established a nationally recognized Child Neurology Service at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. He retired from his position as Chair of Neurology in 2003 to focus on patient care and research.
Dr. Weiner has attracted millions of dollars in research funding from multiple sources, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and numerous private foundations. He has had a long-standing interest in the pathogenesis of MS and models of MS, which spans autoimmunity, opportunistic infections, neural stem cells, neurodegeneration and the immune response. His current research interests focus on the effect of inflammation on neural stem cells and regeneration and repair in the central nervous system. Dr. Weiner’s clinical interests involve the care of patients with chronic and complex neurological diseases, with special expertise in MS.
In 1987, he was named the Richard Angus Grant, Sr. Chair in Neurology at USC for his excellence in research and clinical applications. He has written more than 200 papers and has received numerous honors, including a Distinguished Alumni award from the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Weiner earned his medical degree from the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine and completed his neurology residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he also pursued a fellowship in neurology and epidemiology, focusing on virus infections of the nervous system. He then completed a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health Laboratory of Slow Virus Infections, working with D. Carlton Gadjusek, M.D., who subsequently won the Nobel Prize for his work.
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