More MS news articles for December 1998

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded Dr. John F. Kurtzke the VA Secretary's Distinguished Career Award for his pioneering work in the study and diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS).

Wednesday December 30, 4:28 pm Eastern Time

Dr. Kurtzke is an internationally known authority in neuroepidemiology who developed the benchmark standard for rating patients in all clinical studies of multiple sclerosis called the Kurtzke Functional Scale, as well as the expanded disability scale.

"Throughout his 39-year career with VA, Dr. Kurtzke has contributed significantly to the care of veterans with neurologic disease and is responsible for developing a model of primary care for VA's Neurology Service," said Dr. Kenneth W. Kizer, VA Under Secretary for Health.

Dr. Kurtze served as chief of the Neurology Service at VA Medical Centers in Coatesville, Pa., and Washington, D.C. He continues his research and teaching as a consultant at the Washington, D.C., Medical Center and as professor of Neurology at Georgetown University.

In addition, he serves as Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine, Bethesda, Md.

His landmark epidemiology and demographic studies explored disease prevalence related to geographic distribution and age of potential exposure and provided much of the foundation for suspicions that MS could be triggered by an infectious agent.

He received the John Jay Dystel Prize for Multiple Sclerosis Research in 1997 from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. Kurtze has also contributed to the development of military medicine throughout his career and attained the rank of Rear Admiral, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy Reserve.

SOURCE: Department of Veterans Affairs