North Shore-LIJ Appoints Paul Wright, MD, As Neurology Chair; Ronald Kanner, MD, As New Associate Dean

Paul Wright
Dr. Paul Wright

MANHASSET, NY – Paul Wright, MD, has been appointed chair of neurology at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) and LIJ Medical Center, and vice president of neurology services for the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s central and eastern regions, overseeing neurology programs in Eastern Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Dr. Wright succeeds Ronald Kanner, MD, who served as the hospitals' chair of neurology for the past 24 years, as well as professor of neurology at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.  Assuming a new role, Dr. Kanner has been appointed as chairman emeritus of North Shore-LIJ’s department of neurology and as associate dean of curriculum development at the medical school.  Dr. Kanner led the development of nationally recognized subspecialty services within North Shore-LIJ’s department of neurology, expanded access to the communities of Glen Cove and Huntington, established opportunities for collaboration among neurology leadership across the health system and greatly expanded and elevated medical school, resident and fellow education.

In addition to Dr. Wright’s clinical oversight of neurology services at NSUH, LIJ and other facilities on Long Island and in Queens, he will be working closely on academic and clinical research with Souhel Najjar, MD, the newly appointed chair of neurology at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and Lenox Hill and Staten Island University hospitals.

Dr. Wright, a resident of Great Neck, NY, has served as an attending neurologist at NSUH and LIJ Medical Center for the past 14 years.  He served most recently as director of performance improvement at North Shore-LIJ’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute.  He is also an assistant professor of neurology at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

Dr. Wright has held a number of elected and appointed positions at NSUH.  He is currently president-elect of the hospital’s medical staff society after recently completing a term as president.  He also continues to serve on several hospital committees, including chair of the medical staff credentials committee.  He has extensive research experience, having served as co-investigator on numerous studies related to carotid artery disease and stroke.  He was also the primary investigator on the CLOSURE I trial of patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure for stroke/transient ischemic attack.  His research has been widely published in prestigious publications such as the European Journal of Neuroscience, the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography and the Society for Neuroscience Abstracts.  He is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Academy of Neurology, the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association and the Nassau County Medical Society. He is also a veteran of the Israeli army.

Dr. Wright earned his undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Cornell University and his medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv, Israel.  He completed his residency in neurology and a fellowship in stroke at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

For more information about North Shore-LIJ’s Cushing Neuroscience Institute, click here.  For more information about the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, click here.

About the North Shore-LIJ Health System
One of the nation's largest health systems, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 19 hospitals and more than 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ
s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,400 beds, employ nearly 11,000 nurses and have affiliations with about 10,000 physicians. With a workforce of about 54,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest private employer in New York State.  For more information, go to

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