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Spotlighting pediatric neurology

April 17, 2019

Jonathan W. Mink, MD, PhD (center) presented the third annual Lillian Pardo, MD, Pediatric Neurology Lectureship at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Pardo (left) and Gary Gronseth, MD, chair of the Department of Neurology at KU Medical Center (right) attended the April 12 lecture.

Jonathan W. Mink, M.D., Ph.D., FAAN, FANA, FAAP, presented the third annual Lillian Gonzales Pardo, M.D., Pediatric Neurology Lectureship April 12 at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

During the hour-long lecture to faculty, residents and others, Mink, the Frederick A. Horner, M.D., Endowed Professor in Pediatric Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, discussed three primary types of paroxysmal dyskinesias in children, shared personal experiences diagnosing and treating patients with these movement disorders, and addressed specific questions related to clinical and family history of patients with these conditions.

"It's particularly meaningful to give a lecture named after one of the real pioneers in the field and to be able to give it while she's able to participate. It's a great thing. Pediatric neurology is a small field and you can often trace the origins of the field back to a small number of people and Dr. Pardo is one of them," said Mink, who also is a professor of neurology, neuroscience and pediatrics, chief of the child neurology division and vice chair of the Department of Neurology at University of Rochester Medical Center.

A movement disorders specialist whose clinical practice also focuses on neurodegenerative diseases, Mink also is a prolific researcher credited with more than 150 journal articles and nearly 60 books and chapters.

Pardo, a professor emerita in pediatrics and neurology at KU Medical Center, was a member of the faculty from 1975 to 2006. She established the annual lectureship with her husband, Manuel P. Pardo, M.D., who was on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at KU Medical Center and the Kansas City VA Hospital, to help inspire today's students, residents and young faculty the way visiting professors often inspired her during her medical education and academic medical center career.

"I started my neurology training here. When I decided to have a lectureship, I decided to house it here where they gave me a home more than 50 ago," Pardo said. "When I made some remarks during the first lectureship, I said I valued visiting professors because it gave us an incentive to do our best as residents. This lectureship is of value to students, young faculty and it inspires residents, as it inspired me."

Past Pardo lecturers include E. Steve Roach, M.D., The Ohio State College of Medicine, and Brenda Banwell, M.D., Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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