Howard S. Kirshner, MD

Howard Kirshner

Title: Professor and Vice Chairman
Company: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Howard S. Kirshner, MD, Professor and Vice Chairman at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Neurology.

In addition to his roles as professor and vice chair, Dr. Kirshner has held the roles of director of the Vanderbilt Stroke Center, division head in the cognitive division, and consultant in the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. Fascinated by his father’s medical profession, Dr. Kirshner developed a particular interest in the brain and mind, and followed his questions in college naturally to neurology. His mentor, J. P. Mohr, was a stroke neurologist at Columbia Presbyterian in New York at the time, and recruited him into the field. His roles with Vanderbilt and starting the stroke center there have been milestones in his career.

A recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Kirshner has appeared in two volumes of Who’s Who in America. He earned a BA in 1968 from Williams College and a MD from Harvard Medical School in 1972 before serving to the rank of lieutenant commander of the U.S. Navy from 1973 to 1975. Not long after, Dr. Kirshner joined Vanderbilt, and has contributed numerous articles to medical literature. He has also served on the board of the National Aphasia Association, and has supported the AHA Stroke Council, the American Neurological Association, the American Academy of Neurology, the American Medical Association, and the Nashville Academy of Medicine.

In recognition of his academic excellence, Dr. Kirshner was inducted into Phi Beta Chi and later to the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. He specializes in strokes, as well as behavioral and cognitive neurology. He has received a 2004 Award for Excellence in Teaching for his service to medical students, residents, and fellows, as well as a 2005 American Academy of Neurology Award for Excellence in Neurologic Education.

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