My name is Gary D. Clark, and I am honored to be your new president of the Texas Neurological Society, the largest and most active state neurological society in these great United States. I am a child neurologist and an unashamed academic, and I may be the first child neurologist to be president of the Texas Neurological Society.
I must start with a huge shout out to our previous leadership and for the outstanding winter meeting! The Texas Neurological Society’s first virtual meeting was a tremendous success and thank you to everyone who helped to pull this off. A very special thanks to Ky Camero.
For Game of Thrones Fans: “Winter is coming.” Yep, it sure did! It always amazes me how fast society falls apart: 65 cars in line for Whataburger! But the real tragedy from this winter event in Texas seems to be the less fortunate who have little options for alternative shelters, water, food, etc. We have seen a lot of carbon monoxide poisoning, and I am sure we will see resultant long-term neurological problems from these exposures. We must do better. And we are in a pandemic with fellow citizens afflicted by a novel virus with almost certain long-term neurological consequences. We’ve all learned zoom, telemedicine, and how to discern if someone is happy, puzzled, mad all from just viewing an upper face. All of this makes me long for “normal."
I would like to make our next meeting, the summer meeting, an in-person meeting. Will this be allowed? Is it possible? Will enough people be vaccinated? Will restaurants and hotels be able to provide the services for an in-person meeting? What about deposits to hotels – refundable? Should we wait? Should we plan for another virtual meeting or a hybrid of virtual and in person? We don’t know the answer to any of these questions yet, but wouldn’t it be a shot in the arm to see everybody in person?
The legislature is in session and the Texas Neurological Society is advocating for equity for combined degree MD, PhD or DO, PhD licensure candidates with those who have solely an MD or DO. This lack of equity in the licensing process serves as a deterrent for Texas’ recruitment of the physician scientist, the very people who will find the cause and cures for neurological diseases. I would love to showcase these physician scientists in our meetings; we have very talented scientists in this state working to change our profession, neurology, by bringing novel treatments to our patients. TNS is also focused on other issues and will keep you updated as the session continues.
I look forward to working with everyone this year and please remember to reach out to the TNS with any concerns or questions. We are here to help.
Gary D. Clark, M.D.