ORLANDO, Fla. ― Howard P. Goodkin, MD, PhD, has been elected first vice president of the American Epilepsy Society (AES), which is dedicated to advancing research and education for preventing, treating, and curing epilepsy. Dr. Goodkin’s term will begin at the end of the Society’s 2023 annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 1-5, 2023. He will serve in AES’ presidential line and begin his term as president in 2025.
Dr. Goodkin is the Shure Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. He serves as the chair of the Department of Neurology and director of the Division of Pediatric Neurology. He received his undergraduate medical education at Washington University in St. Louis, and his postgraduate medical education at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. He is an active clinical pediatric epileptologist, successful educator and accomplished researcher focused on deepening the understanding of the prolonged seizures of status epilepticus.
Dr. Goodkin has been a committed AES member for more than 20 years. He has served on multiple committees including the Scientific Program and Annual Meeting Committees. He has chaired Continuing Medical Education Review and Education and Professional Development Committees, and has co-chaired the Basic Mechanisms SIG and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force. Currently, he serves as the Society’s treasurer. He was honored in 2018 as a co-presenter of the Lennox & Lombroso lecture with Dr. Jaideep Kapur. His AES accomplishments include assisting in the development of the inaugural Epilepsy Fellowship Curriculum and Summer Research Internship program for undergraduate scientists who identify as members of historically underrepresented groups to medical and/or research careers.