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The McKnight Brain Research Foundation Elects Dr. Gene Ryerson as New Trustee

Published: May 3rd, 2012

Category: News

The trustees of the McKnight Brain Research Foundation (MBRF) are pleased to announce the appointment of Gene G. Ryerson, M.D as a trustee effective, May 1, 2012.

Dr. Ryerson has had a long and distinguished career in academic medicine as a specialist in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases and as a medical educator. He received his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University where he was a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership organization and received his medical degree from the New Jersey College of Medicine. Dr. Ryerson completed his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in pulmonary diseases at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, FL. He is diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and in the sub-specialty of pulmonary diseases.

Following completion of his internal medicine residency in 1974, Dr. Ryerson began his service as a Major in the U.S. Air Force, School of Health Care Sciences, at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. After a year as chief resident and then fellowship training, in 1979, he joined the faculty at the University of Florida and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Gainesville where he remained as professor in the department of medicine and the division of pulmonary diseases until 2004. In 2004, Dr. Ryerson was recruited to be Professor and Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Florida State University College of Medicine.

Throughout his career, Dr. Ryerson has been honored more than 50 times and at least annually for his outstanding qualities as a teacher and medical educator. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha honorary medical organization and served as Councilor for Alpha Omega Alpha throughout his tenure at Florida State University College of Medicine from 2004 to 2009. Among the many teaching awards Dr Ryerson has received, he has been the recipient of the most prestigious Hippocratic Award five times given for exemplary teaching and compassionate patient care. At Florida State University he received the Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award for the entire university. In addition, he was selected by the student body at Florida State University College of Medicine as the nominee for the Humanism Award by the American Association of Medical Colleges.

As a clinician educator, Dr. Ryerson has been listed in “Best Doctors in America” numerous times, and has held leadership positions in his professional organizations. He has served as President of the Florida Thoracic Society as well as Governor for Florida for the American College of Chest Physicians. Dr. Ryerson is the recipient of the President’s Award by the American Lung Association of Florida in recognition for his dedication and commitment to the presentation of educational programs for health care professionals.

The purpose of the MBRF is to promote research and investigation of the brain in the fundamental mechanisms that underlie the neurobiology of memory with clinical relevance to the problems of age related memory loss. Dr. Ryerson’s background and experience as an expert clinician and an outstanding medical educator make him uniquely qualified to serve as trustee of the MBRF.

Dr. Ryerson will serve with the current trustees, Dr. J. Lee Dockery, Gainesville, FL; Dr. Michael L. Dockery, Charlotte, NC; Dr. Nina Ellenbogen Raim, Miami Beach, FL; and Melanie Cianciotto, Corporate Trustee, Orlando, FL. in their role of fulfilling the purpose of the Foundation in promoting research of brain in age related memory loss with the goal of preventing, delaying or developing therapies for the cognitive decline associated with the normal aging process