Dr. Majaz Moonis appointed President of the Central Massachusetts Division Board of Directors 

April 11, 2006 

WORCESTER, Mass. - University of Massachusetts Medical School Associate Professor of Neurology Majaz Moonis, MD, MRCPI, DM, has been named President of the Board of Directors of the Central Massachusetts Division of the American Heart Association (AHA). As President, Dr. Moonis will serve as the division's chief volunteer medical officer and official spokesperson on science, medical, health and public policy matters in support of the AHA's mission to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Dr. Moonis is Director of the Stroke Prevention Clinic and Associate Director of the Stroke Program at UMass Memorial Medical Center. He also serves as Medical Director for the Sleep Lab at Day Kimball Hospital in Connecticut.

An expert in the acute care of stroke victims, Dr. Moonis is also an advocate for stroke prevention and speaks widely throughout Massachusetts to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of acute stroke so prompt treatment can reduce the rate of death or disability. In addition, his research aims to reduce the risk of first and recurrent ischemic stroke by helping patients identify and then modify their risk factors.  In 2005, Dr. Moonis received national and worldwide recognition for his study that demonstrated that cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins may reduce disability after a stroke.

"I feel honored to have been considered for this position and hope to take the message of stroke prevention further. Risk factors leading up to a stroke are often treatable and screening and aggressive management of these risk factors can reduce the incidence of this often preventable tragedy," said Dr. Moonis.

Dr. Moonis received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delhi in India and his doctorate degree from that university's College of Medical Science in 1980.  After completing residencies at the University of Delhi, the Maulana Azad Medical College (Internal Medicine) and the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (Neurology), he served a fellowship in the Neurology of aging and dementia and another residency in neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center.

Dr. Moonis is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Stroke Association, American Academy of Neurology,  American Society of Sleep Disorders Association, the Indian Medical Association of New England, the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Neurology.  He serves on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, is a reviewer for Stroke, the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry and is Associate Editor of the Yearbook of Neuropsychology and Neurosurgery.

He is the author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and 20 book chapters and has presented and given invited lectures at scores of national and international conferences on stroke, stroke prevention, dementia and the role of statins in stroke care.

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. These diseases devastate millions of people of all ages and kill nearly 950,000 Americans each year. To fight them the association supports research, education and advocacy and helps heart disease and stroke patients. More than 22.5 million association volunteers and supporters are at work in their communities helping their friends, neighbors and loved ones live longer, better lives.
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About UMass Memorial Health Care 
UMass Memorial Health Care is Central Massachusetts' largest not-for-profit healthcare delivery system, covering the complete healthcare continuum with an academic medical center, member and affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, a long-term care facility, home health agencies, hospice programs, a rehabilitation group and mental health services. UMass Memorial is the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Go to www.umassmemorial.orgfor additional information.

About the University of Massachusetts Medical School 
The University of Massachusetts Medical School is one of the fastest growing medical schools in the country, attracting more than $174 million in research funding annually.  A perennial top finisher in the annual USNews & World Report ranking of primary care medical schools, UMMS comprises a medical school, graduate school of nursing, graduate school of biomedical sciences and an active research enterprise, and is a leader in health sciences education, research and public service.

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