This week, the spotlight is on Dr. Robert Lisak. Let's see what Dr. Lisak has to say about his path to the CMSC Presidency.
CC: What is your favorite aspect of serving as President of CMSC?
RL: Being able to help advance the CMSC programs in comprehensive and multidisciplinary approaches to education of professionals involved in MS care, MS research and advocacy.
CC: How were you inspired to specialize in multiple sclerosis?
RL: The best course in Year 1 at College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University was neuroanatomy/neuroscience and the best course in Year 2 was Microbiology/Immunology. One of the outstanding clinical departments at Columbia was neurology and important MS research had been done at Columbia by both basic and clinical scientists. And I then was able to spend 2 years doing neuroimmunology/neurochemistry research at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD between hy PGY1 and PGY2 years in Internrl Medicine before starting my neurology residency at the the University of Pennsylvania. Im sure that those factors were the major reasons that went into neurology and I specialize in neuroimmunology including multiple sclerosis.
CC: Tell us something that few people know about you:
RL: I played Jazz piano and vibraphone professionally during my years in high school and college.
Thanks so much for participating in Three Questions, Dr. Lisak!