Methodist Neurological Institute
Stanley H. Appel, M.D. is the Director of the Methodist Neurological Institute, Chair of the Department of Neurology and the Peggy and Gary Edwards Distinguished Endowed Chair for the Treatment and Research of ALS at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX and Professor of Neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College. He was previously Chief of the Neurology division and the James B. Duke Professor of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina followed by Chair of the Department of Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Appel is a native of Massachusetts and received his Bachelor Degree at Harvard University and his Medical Degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee, and a member of the Board of Directors of ALS Therapy Development Institute. He is Director of the MDA/ALS Research and Clinical Center at the Methodist Neurological Institute, and past Director of the National Institute of Aging Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.
Dr. Appel is a member of numerous professional societies and committees, and is the author of 15 published books and over 390 articles on topics such as ALS, neuromuscular disease, Alzheimer Disease, and Parkinson Disease. He has received a number of awards for his accomplishments in Neurology and Biochemistry, including the Gold Medal Award in 1997 from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons for “Distinguished Achievements in Medicine”, the Sheila Essey Award in 2003 from the American Academy of Neurology for “outstanding research in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis”, Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of the “dedication and commitment to advancing science and serving society” in 2003, Baylor College of Medicine Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award in 2004, MDA’s Wings Over Wall Street Diamond Award in 2004, Texas Neurological Society Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 and the Forbes Norris Award for “compassion and love for humanity in research and treatment in patients with ALS” from the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations in 2005, and the Museum District Business Alliance Award in recognition of his commitment to research, patient care, and education, 2007, and the recipient of the Houston Academy of Medicine 2008 John P. McGovern Compleat Physician Award. He is also named 2008 Best of the Best Physicians by the Medical Journal Houston.
Dr. Appel has spent more than 40 years devoting his life’s work to understanding the human brain. Internationally renowned as a researcher and neurologist, Dr. Appel is dedicated to the treatment of patients with neurodegenerative diseases and committed to neurological research. His greatest legacy, though, may be the more than 200 neurologists he has trained, many of whom have gone on to chair their own departments.