Peter Y. Kim Memorial Lecture

The Peter Y. Kim Memorial Lecture was established in 2018 in honor of Peter Kim, MD, PhD, who passed away unexpectedly in 2017, at the age of 55. The Department of Neurology established this lectureship to bring speakers with expertise in outpatient general clinical neurology to speak to the department.

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Peter Kim was born in South Korea and came to the United States at a young age. He spent most of his youth in Buffalo, NY, where he developed his lifelong love of the Buffalo sports teams, as was evident to anyone who entered his office. He received his BS and his PhD from the University of Rochester, completing his thesis on “Activation of c-myc and ki-ras oncogenes in radiation induced rat thyroid carcinomas.” He then completed his MD at the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. After finishing an internship at the University of Rochester in 1994, he came to the Neurological Institute to begin his neurology residency, which he completed in 1997. Between the years of 1997 and 1999, Dr. Kim worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Departments of Neurology and Pathology at Columbia. Then, in 1999, he joined the fledgling Department of Neurology Division of General Neurology.

As one of the original members of this newly formed division dedicated to caring for patients with all types of neurological problems, Dr. Kim was integral in the division’s growth and success. He was always available. Physicians throughout the medical center called him to see their patients, friends and colleagues. He never said no. He served as the primary neurological consultant to the Columbia University Athletics Department. When the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic needed attending supervision, he stepped in to serve as co-director. For years he provided the majority of the consultations needed by the cardiac and liver transplant services. He developed an expertise in HIV neurology and was asked by the Department of Medicine’s Infectious Disease Service to run an HIV Neurology clinic.

Peter also never said no to any educational contribution he was asked to make. He directed the Neurology Residents’ General Neurology Clinic for many years. He supervised the outpatient General Neurology elective. He enthusiastically participated in outpatient rotations for the medical students and residents. Those who participated saw him as teacher and mentor, yet he still treated everyone as a peer.

Dr. Kim’s untimely death was a blow to the Department, particularly for those in the Division of General Neurology, who worked closely with him every day. He was a beloved friend, colleague, clinician, teacher, and mentor, and remains sorely missed. This lecture series is dedicated to his memory, and to his countless contributions to this Department. 

2021 Peter Y. Kim Memorial Lecture

James C. Stevens, MD, FAAN

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Dr. Stevens has been a private practicing neurologist and specialist in sleep disorders medicine at the Fort Wayne Neurological Center for the past 35 years. He received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he graduated at the top of his class, receiving AOA honors his junior year. He completed his neurology resident training at Indiana University where he was a multi-year recipient of the Alexander Ross Award for outstanding neurologic research. He currently serves as a Professor of Neurology for the IUSM. 

Dr. Stevens has been a participant, co-author, and/or principal investigator in over 100 clinical trials dealing with a wide variety of neurologic diseases. He has also been involved with the development, authorship and/or reviewer for over 80 clinical practice guidelines submitted by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). He has held many leadership positions within the AAN, recently serving as President of the organization representing over 36,000 members. He has served as the Chair, Vice-Chair of the Practice Committee, member of the Quality Standards Subcommittee and the Therapeutics and Technology Subcommittee, as well as serving on numerous work groups and task forces, including the Health Reform Task Force, the Solo and Small Group Task Force. He is a proud graduate of the Palatucci leadership program. He has been a special advisor to the NINDS clinical research consortium. He is a past-president of the Indiana Neurological Society.  He also served on the Executive Committee for the Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Physicians Health Plan, the Indiana University School of Medicine Alumni Association, as well as a board member for the Sleep Centers of Fort Wayne. 

He has been recognized annually as one the “Best Doctors in America”, and has been a recipient of the “Patients Choice Award” since 2008 as one of the outstanding physicians in the United States, and has received multi-year recognition as the “Top Doc” in Neurology by the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. 

He currently resides with his wife of 39 years, Laurel B Stevens, in Fort Wayne, IN and has two children, Benjamin (38) and Kait (35). His hobbies include tennis, water sports, wine collecting, and cycling.