A familiar local face is getting national exposure as Mercy Clinic Neurology physician, Tariq J. Alam, M.D., has been elected chair of the General Neurology section of the American Academy of Neurology at the association’s 68th annual meeting in Vancouver, B.C., in April this year.
Dr. Alam’s appointment is for a two-year period from April 2016 to April 2018. Dr. John Ferro, a neurologist from New York was elected as vice chair.
Dr. Alam is medical director of stroke and neurology services at Mercy Hospital Jefferson and is also a physician reviewer appointed by the state of Missouri to inspect Missouri hospitals for Time Critical Diagnosis accreditation such as stroke.
Dr. Alam has been actively involved with the American Academy of Neurology and its advocacy committee.
“Neurology has to be recognized as a specialty where young medical graduates are attracted to the specialty to serve the ever expanding field of neurosciences and neurological patients,” he said.
Dr. Alam will be working closely with the academy to further the interest of general neurology among practitioners including quality, safety, retention and reimbursement issues.
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.