Hailing from a familial background in medicine, Dr. Guy M. McKhann was influenced by his parents and grandfather, who were all physicians. Supported by an MD from the prestigious Yale University, he commenced his career in 1963 at Stanford University after completing his medical training. Serving as an assistant and associate professor for six years, he then relocated to Johns Hopkins University, where he was head of the neurology department and was a Kennedy Professor of Neurology from 1969 to 1988. Simultaneously, he was also a full professor of neurology at the university for a resounding 48 years between 1969 and 2017. During his vocation as the first head of the Department of Neurology at Johns Hopkins University, he helped in the initiation and development of the department, building it from scratch until it became the prominent department it is today. Now, it is recognized as the best neurology department in the country.
During his time in academia, Dr. McKhann was twice director of the Zanvyl Krieger Mind Brain Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1988 to 2000 and again from 2004 to 2017. Likewise, he served the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke with the National Institutes of Health as the acting director for clinical activities for one year. Specializing in research on normal and abnormal human nervous system activity, he served as a scientific advisor of “Brain in the News” with the Dana Foundation and as principal investigator for “Neurologic and Cognitive Outcomes Following Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting.”
A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Royal College of Physicians, Dr. McKhann credits his many mentors for his success including Dr. Harold Wolf, a neurologist at New York Hospital, Dr. David Clark of Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Robert Cooke, whom Dr. McKhann worked beneath as a medical student.
As a testament to his success, Dr. McKhann has earned several accolades. Noted for receiving myriad awards from United Cerebral Palsy and Johns Hopkins University, he has also been listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in the World.
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