Detling Professor and Chair
Department of Neurology
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Kathleen Shannon received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Northwestern University (Evanston IL) in 1976, then attended Rush Medical College (Chicago IL) for Medical School where she received her Doctor of Medicine degree in June 1981. She completed her Internship, Neurology Residency, and Fellowship in Movement Disorders at Rush University Medical Center, and achieved board certification in 1987.
Prior to accepting her current position, she practiced at Vanderbilt University and at Rush University Medical Center. She was the founder and director of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Center of Excellence at Rush University Medical Center for more than 10 years. This center provided multidisciplinary care, research opportunities and social support for more than 200 Huntington’s Disease patients and their families as well as educational and service outreach for the Huntington’s Disease community at large. She also served on national committees for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America as a working group co-chair for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care: Huntington’s Disease” and chair of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Working Group on Long-Term Care. She currently serves as an Ad Hoc grant reviewer for the NINDS, and a member of the DSMB for the NN105 Neuro-Next clinical trial in Huntington’s disease. She has also reviewed grants for the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the Parkinson Disease Foundation. She has participated as a peer reviewer for number of academic journals, and served on the editorial board of Neurology and The Neurologist. She is currently the Chair of the Medical Policy Committee of the Parkinson Disease Foundation. Dr. Shannon has been site Principal Investigator for numerous clinical trials, having secured funding from industry, NINDS and various foundations.
In her current position, she is charged with guiding the clinical, research and academic future of neurology and its outreach throughout the state at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison WI.