About the San Diego Neurology Society

The San Diego Neurology Society was founded in 1973. It is a vibrant forum for discussion of a wide range of topics in the clinical neurosciences, and promotes interaction across institutions, between disciplines, and between senior and junior faculty and trainees.

The members and audience include clinicians and investigators in the fields of neurology and neurosurgery. Monthly meetings at the U.C. San Diego Faculty Club consist of lectures, case conferences, and clinical presentations that cover a cross section of interests in the clinical neurosciences. The Society is supported by both member dues and educational grants, and through UCSD it is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This website is designed to provide information for the members of the Society and those interested in joining; it can also be used by patients and the public.  Public information on this website includes upcoming meetings and community events.

Current Executive Committe

Joshua Alexander

President
Joshua Alexander, DO, MPH, is a neurologist at the Scripps Clinic with a special interest in the application of osteopathic manipulation for neurological disease associated with pain. Dr. Alexander cares for patients with conditions such as tinnitus, headache, concussion, movement disorders, stroke, chronic pain, neuromuscular disease and neurodegenerative diseases. Osteopathic medicine is alternative health care founded on the principle that many diseases are related to problems within the musculoskeletal framework. Osteopathic manipulation is hands-on, non-invasive and can be highly effective in the treatment of disorders associated with the nervous system, behavior and brain. Many of the patients that Dr. Alexander sees do not have adequate relief from their traditional medical management plans. In addition to osteopathic manipulation, his expertise. Dr. Alexander received his medical degree from Touro University in Vallejo, California. He completed his internship at UC Irvine and residency at UC San Diego. He is board-certified in neurology. He is a two-time, back-to-back winner of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation award for humanism in medicine, and was the house officer of the year during his residency at UC San Diego. He has also won several awards for being an outstanding resident and teacher. Before joining Scripps Clinic this year, Dr. Alexander was on the neurological faculty of UC San Diego, where he developed a clinical and research program in integrative neurology and served as associate director on the neurology residency program. Before becoming the Society's President, he served for 2 years as its Program Diector. Dr. Alexander is board certified in neurology.

Michelle Ubels Van Noord

Program Director
Michelle Ubels Van Noord, M.D., is a neurologist with the Scripps Clinic, sub-specializing in the diagnosis and management of patients with epilepsy. She is passionate about making sure that persons with epilepsy are aware of and access the full array of treatments available to them, including medications, traditional and minimally invasive surgery, vagus and responsive neural stimulation. A fellowship trained electroencephalographer, she has presented her work on the persistent EEG patterns seen in anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis at the American Academy of Neurology and American Epilepsy Society meetings. Dr. Van Noord also cares for patients across the spectrum of neurologic disease, including but not limited to headache disorders, neurodegenerative and memory problems, vertigo, stroke, myasthenia gravis and other neuromuscular disorders, movement disorders, and peripheral neuropathies. Her commitment to excellence in all areas of neurology lead to recognition as the Resident of the Year as well as receiving the Medical Student Teaching Award upon graduation from neurology residency at the University of California, San Diego. Prior to pursuing a career in medicine, Dr. Van Noord was an accomplished and award-winning classical violinist. She received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and is an alumna of the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. She founded the Detroit Medical Orchestra as a second year medical student and is currently a member of the World Doctor’s Orchestra based in Berlin, Germany. Dr. Van Noord received her medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She completed her internship in internal medicine at the University of California, Irvine, followed by neurology residency and neurophysiology/EEG fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. When not caring for patients or pursuing musical interests, she lets off steam rowing competitively with ZLAC Rowing Club on Mission Bay, the oldest continuously operating women’s rowing club in the world. She is board certified in neurology and epilepsy.

Christine Smith

Secretary-Treasurer
Christine N. Smith, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the UC San Diego (Department of Psychiatry) and at the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System (Research Service). She investigates the biological basis of learning and memory by testing behavior in healthy individuals and patients with focal brain damage and neurodegenerative disorders. In addition, by using functional and structural neuroimaging, she identifies which parts of the brain support learning and memory. Dr. Smith completed her graduate training in Experimental Psychology at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and completed her post-doctoral training at UC San Diego. She now holds a joint appointment as a faculty member at UCSD and the San Diego VA. In addition to her numerous first and senior author publications, she enjoys mentoring high school, college, and graduate students and post-doctoral scientists. Dr. Smith is the first Society officer who is not a clinician and, as the daughter of Dr. Randy Smith, she is a second generation Society member.

Past Officers

2016-2017
President: Joshua Alexander, D.O.
Program Director: Ross Mandeville, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Christine Smith, Ph.D.

2015-2016
President: Steven Demeter, M.D.
Program Director: Joshua Alexander, D.O.
Secretary-Treasurer: Nelson H. Hwynn, D.O.

2014-2015
President: Steven Demeter, M.D.
Program Director: Joshua Alexander, D.O.
Secretary-Treasurer: Gilda Tafreshi, M.D.

2012-2014
President: Steven Demeter, M.D.
Program Director: Jim Coskun, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Leena Kansal, M.D.

2010-2012
President: Emily Rubenstein Engel, M.D.
Program Director: Steven Demeter, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Stephanie Lessig, M.D.

2008-2010
President: Stephanie Lessig, M.D.
Program Director: Jeremy Hogan, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Emily Rubenstein Engel, M.D.

2007-2008
President: Hoppy Hopkins, M.D.
Program Director: Stephanie Lessig, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Jeremy Hogan, M.D.

2005-2007
President: Anne Casey, M.D.
Program Director: Nayan Desai, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Hoppy Hopkins, M.D.

2004-2005
President: Homer Moore, M.D.
Program Director: Anne Casey, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Erik Perkins, M.D.

2002-2004
President: Patrick Huott, M.D.
Program Director: Greg Sahagian, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Homer Moore, M.D.

2000-2002
President: Anne McCammon, M.D.
Program Director: Benjamin Frishberg, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Carla Grosmann, M.D.

1999-2000
President: Evelyn Tecoma, M.D.
Program Director: Benjamin Frishberg, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Anne McCammon, M.D.

1998-1999
President: Evelyn Tecoma, M.D.
Program Director: Jonathan Licht, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Anne McCammon, M.D.

1997-1998
President: Charles Jablecki, M.D.
Program Director: Jonathan Licht, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Kenneth Villa, M.D.

1995-1997
President: Charles Jablecki, M.D.
Program Director: Evelyn Tecoma, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Kenneth Villa, M.D.

1994-1995
President: Jack Schim, M.D.
Program Director: Evelyn Tecoma, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Charles Jablecki, M.D.

1992-1994
President: Jack Schim, M.D.
Program Director: Jody Corey-Bloom, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Charles Jablecki, M.D.

1991-1992
President: Scott Riedler, M.D.
Program Director: Jody Corey-Bloom, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Jack Schim, M.D.

1990-1991
President: Scott Riedler, M.D.
Program Director: Doris Trauner, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Jack Schim, M.D.

1989-1990
President: Tom Chippendale, M.D.
Program Director: Randall Hawkins, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Scott Riedler, M.D.

1988-1989
President: Randall Hawkins, M.D.
Program Director: Scott Riedler, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Tom Chippendale, M.D.

1987-1988
President: Ellis Diamond, M.D.
Program Director: Tom Chippendale, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Randall Hawkins, M.D.

1986-1987
President: Dee Silver, M.D.
Program Director: Ellis Diamond, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Len Gosink, M.D.

1984-1986
President: Ron Kobayashi, M.D.
Program Director: Dee Silver, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Len Gosink, M.D.

1982-1984
President: Paul Raffer, M.D.
Program Director: Edward Friedman, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Ron Kobayashi, M.D.

1981-1982
President: Paul Raffer, M.D.
Program Director: Edward Friedman, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: William Chaplin, M.D.

1979-1981
President: Joel Kunin, M.D.
Program Director: Ellis Diamond, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Paul Raffer, M.D.

1977-1979
President: Jay Rosenberg, M.D.
Program Director: Jack Sipe, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Joel Kunin, M.D.

1976-1977
President: Marjorie Seybold, M.D.
Program Director: Jay Rosenberg, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Joel Kunin, M.D.

1975-1976
President: Richard Rowen, M.D.
Program Director: Jay Rosenberg, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Marjorie Seybold, M.D.

1974-1975
President: Michael Oldstone, M.D.
Program Director: Jay Rosenberg, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Richard Rowen, M.D.

1973-1974
President: Donald Dalessio, M.D.
Program Director: Paul Schultz, M.D.
Secretary-Treasurer: Richard Rowen, M.D.