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Richard S. Finkel, MD
Richard S. Finkel, MD is Chief of the Division of Neurology at Nemours Children's Hospital, and Professor of Neurology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando, Florida. He received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and completed his pediatrics, neurology and neuromuscular training at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr Finkel held positions at the Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia before starting his current position in Orlando in 2012. His clinical practice and research interests have focused on pediatric neuromuscular disorders, especially spinal muscular atrophy, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, inherited neuropathies and neurometabolic disorders. Dr Finkel has participated in numerous clinical trials, natural history genotype-phenotype studies and the development of standard-of-care guidelines; and has contributed to the development of outcome measures, clinical trial design, and biomarker identification for neuromuscular disorders. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. He is an associate editor of two neuromuscular journals and a co-editor of the Swaiman pediatric neurology textbook. Dr Finkel delivered the Bengt Hagberg memorial lecture in 2017 and received the Sidney Carter Award in Child Neurology from the American Academy of Neurology in 2018 for his work in spinal muscular atrophy.