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Cheryl Waters Named First Glickman Professor at Columbia's Center for Parkinson's Disease

By Leslie Boen

Cheryl Waters

Cheryl Waters, professor of clinical neurology at Columbia's College of Physicians & Surgeons (P&S) and chief of patient clinical services at the Center for Parkinson's Disease and Other Movement Disorders at the Neurological Institute of New York, has been named the first Albert B. and Judith L. Glickman Professor of Clinical Neurology at P&S. Waters' nomination, which was submitted by Timothy A. Pedley, chairman of the Department of Neurology, was approved by the Columbia University Board of Trustees in October and takes effect immediately.

The Albert B. and Judith L. Glickman Professorship was established with a $1.1 million lead gift by Albert and Judith Glickman, honoring Waters for her excellent work in treating Mr. Glickman for Parkinson's disease. Other patients of Waters contributed the remainder of the $1.5 million needed to establish the professorship (including Seymour Jacoby, who provided a second major gift of $225,000 with his wife).

Over the course of her career, Waters has built a national reputation as a clinician-educator, author, and Parkinson's disease researcher. Since 1988, Waters has been actively involved with the testing and promotion of virtually every new Parkinson's drug in Phase III trials and on the market. She is currently directing numerous clinical trials at the Parkinson's disease center, participating in a genetic linkage study of Parkinson's disease, and conducting investigations into the use of coenzyme Q10 for Parkinson's disease. Waters has been instrumental in helping establish national guidelines for the surgical treatment of Parkinson's disease and is the author of "Diagnosis and Management of Parkinson's Disease," now in wide circulation at medical schools, libraries, and institutions across the country.

A graduate of the University of Toronto's medical school, Waters completed her internship at the University of Chicago. After residencies in internal medicine and neurology, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical pharmacology at the Addiction Research Foundation and Playfair Neuroscience Unit in Toronto. Before joining the Department of Neurology at P&S in 1999, Waters spent more than a decade as an associate professor of neurology at the University of Southern California, developing California's largest movement disorder program in the process.

"I am delighted that Waters has been named the first Glickman Professor," said Pedley. "Since joining NI in 1999, she has added an important clinical presence to our renowned movement disorders division, and she has increased our participation in clinical trials for Parkinson's disease. It is essential that clinical departments be able to honor our clinicians and teachers in the same way that we have traditionally recognized laboratory investigators. The Glickman professorship gives us the opportunity to do this for Waters."

"I am delighted to be granted this honor at this time in my career," said Waters. "I am particularly indebted to the Glickmans and the Jacobys for their profound generosity."

"Named professorships give Columbia the opportunity to recognize its most distinguished faculty and also to honor donors whose generosity contributes greatly to the university's preeminence," added Pedley. "We are thus delighted that this new professorship allows us to recognize not only Dr. Waters, but also Albert and Judith Glickman, whose lead gift made the chair possible."

Published: Nov 07, 2002
Last modified: Nov 06, 2002

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