Boes Named Division Director for Pediatric Neurology as of October 1, 2021

I'm happy to announce Dr. Aaron Boes as the new permanent Division Director for the Division of Neurology, effective October 1, 2021.

Dr. Boes received his MD/PhD from the University of Iowa in 2009. Next, he completed pediatric residency training at Rady Children's Hospital, University of California, in 2011. Dr. Boes completed both pediatric neurology residency training and served as the Chief Pediatric Neurology Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, from 2011-2014. He was an attending pediatric neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, before he came to Iowa in July 2016. He is board certified as a pediatric neurologist.

Dr. Boes has excelled as a physician scientist. He has published prolifically most recently in the area of brain lesion network mapping and transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy. Already an author of over 40 peer- reviewed papers, he has also contributed to book chapters and abstracts. In 2021, he received the Stead Research Award for his project related to cognitive outcomes of pediatric ischemic strokes. He currently is funded by three NIH grants (two of which are R01s), in addition to sources such as the Sidney R. Baer Foundation and the Iowa Neuroscience Institute. His lab is interested in the link between brain structure and function across the lifespan, particularly network-based localization of neurological and psychiatric symptoms. He approaches this topic using multi-modal neuroimaging methods that include lesion mapping, resting state functional connectivity MRI, and structural MRI. Another focus of the lab is to use advanced imaging techniques in conjunction with neuromodulation to better understand the therapeutic mechanisms of brain stimulation, including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for the treatment of depression. He has gained national and international recognition for his research activities related to the Iowa Neuroscience Institute, including setting up and directing the new UI Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation. He has accomplished a great deal while also providing clinical neurology service in the division, and teaching students, residents, and fellows within the Department, mentoring post docs and research scholars.

Though it was brief, I also wish to thank Dr. Sreenath Thati Ganganna for his leadership in this interim period.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Boes to his new role!

Alexander G. Bassuk, MD, PhD (he/him/they)
Professor and Chair | University of Iowa Stead Family Department of Pediatrics
Joel and Jay Stead Chair for Leadership in Children's Medicine | University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Physician-in-Chief | University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital

Tuesday, September 21, 2021