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Mobile, Ala. (December 17, 2008)
Contact: Paul Taylor , USA Medical Center, (251) 470-1682

USA College of Medicine Welcomes New Chair of Neurology

Dr. Dean K. Naritoku

Dr. Dean K. Naritoku
Dr. Dean K. Naritoku was recently appointed professor and chair of neurology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Naritoku fills the post vacated by Dr. William Hamilton, who retired following 23 years of service to the department.
Prior to his appointment with the USA College of Medicine, Naritoku served as professor and associate chair of neurology and director of the Center for Epilepsy at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine, Springfield, Ill.

At SIU, Naritoku also directed the office of therapeutics research, and served as the fellowship director of clinical neurophysiology for the school of medicine.

Naritoku received his medical degree from Chicago Medical School and completed his internship in internal medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He completed neurology residency training at Washington University in St. Louis. Following his residency, he completed a neuropharmacology and epilepsy fellowship also at Washington University.


Naritoku is board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and is board certified by the American Board of Clinical Pharmacology. He is also a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Epilepsy Society, the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, the American Medical Association, the Society for Neuroscience, the chair of the education committee for the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology, and a member of the American Society for Clinical Neurophysiology.


Naritoku has published extensively on basic and clinical research and is the recipient of numerous grants. He also holds multiple United States patent awards. These include methods of treating traumatic brain injury by vagus nerve stimulation; methods of modulating aspects of brain plasticity by vagus nerve stimulation; and methods for improving learning or memory by vagus nerve stimulation.

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