2013 Distinguished Physician Award: Janice Massey, MD
The 2013 Distinguished Physician Award is presented to Janice M. Massey, MD, an international leader in neurology, a superb neuromuscular clinician, and an outstanding educator and researcher with a distinguished history of AANEM service.
Dr. Massey is a Duke University medical faculty member and a tenured neurology professor.
She serves as the director of Duke's Neuromuscular Division and EMG Laboratory.
She previously served as director of the Duke EMG Fellowship Program, the Residency Training Program, and the MDA ALS Clinic.
She is a past AANEM president, served as a Board member, and was chair and a member of innumerable AANEM and ABEM committees.
She currently serves on the Finance and Nominating Committees.
Dr. Massey has distinguished herself as a national leader in the field of neurology: She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Board of Directors; has served as a neurology director for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), where she continues to chair the Neuromuscular Medicine Examination Committee; and was past president of the Society of Clinical Neurologists.
She is a sought-after educator, having served as faculty for the AANEM and AAN annual meetings and as a director for courses and symposia internationally.
She also is an oral examiner for the ABPN and ABEM certifying examinations.
received the 2013 Doctor of the Year Award from the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America
In addition, Dr. Massey
has been cited on numerous lists for her
accomplishments, including Best Doctors in America and Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare.
research career has focused on a range of neuromuscular diseases, with a special emphasis on myasthenia gravis, cervical dystonia, EMG-guided chemodenervation, neuromuscular neurophysiology, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
She has served as principal investigator on more than 20 clinical trials and a collaborator on others, producing more than 280 publications and abstracts.
She has served on many editorial boards, including Muscle & Nerve and Seminars in Neurology.
Many of Dr. Massey's
trainees have gone on to become leaders in academic neurology and neuromuscular medicine, creating a lasting legacy.
is regarded by her
former students, residents, fellows, patients, and colleagues as a woman of great kindness, compassion, humor, and wisdom.
Dr. Massey graduated from Abilene Christian University and was a high school teacher before attending medical school at Georgetown University and completing her neurology residency and fellowship in EMG and neuromuscular disease at Duke University.