Under the direction of Souhel Najjar, MD, Northwell Health has become a top regional destination for neurological care. Besides serving as the health system’s senior vice president and executive director of neurology and chair of neurology at Lenox Hill Hospital and Staten Island University Hospital, Dr. Najjar has been promoted to chair of neurology services at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He will also continue as chair and professor of neurology at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.
Northwell also added to its talent base by recently recruiting two neurologists affiliated with New York University: Steven Pacia, MD, as vice chair of neurology at NSUH, director of neurology for Northwell’s Eastern Region and associate professor of neurology at the Zucker School of Medicine, and Ruben Kuzniecky, MD, as vice chair of academic affairs and director of clinical research programs within the department of neurology, and professor of neurology at the Zucker School of Medicine.
Dr. Pacia served as chief of neurology at Lenox Hill and director of the hospital’s Epilepsy Center and EEG Lab from 2004 to 2015. He was previously an associate professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine and a principal investigator there since 1993, and received numerous grants for his epilepsy research.
Dr. Kuzniecky previously codirected the NYU Epilepsy Center while serving as a professor of neurology at the NYU School of Medicine and director of epilepsy research. Dr. Kuzniecky began and furthered his career at the EEG Laboratory at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He also has extensive experience in epilepsy research and been published widely. Dr. Kuzniecky has lectured across the country and abroad.
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