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Format: 04/19/2014
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West Penn Allegheny Health System Appoints James Valeriano, MD, Chair of Department of Neurology

Monday, August 8th, 2011

James Valeriano, MD, has been appointed Chairman of the Department of Neurology for West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS).

Dr. Valeriano served as the Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurology at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) since 2000 and became interim System Chair in 2010. In his new role, Dr. Valeriano will continue to lead and coordinate the clinical, administrative and academic components of the Department of Neurology across the health system.

Dr. Valeriano’s focus is on further strengthening subspecialties within the department, bolstering WPAHS’ already robust expertise and resources in movement disorders, neuroimmunology, stroke and epilepsy.

Dr. Valeriano founded AGH’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Program in 1987 and it has since become a regional and international referral center. The Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is a member of the National Association of Epilepsy Centers and designated a Level 4 Epilepsy Center, providing the highest caliber of care in the diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment for epilepsy in both adults and children.

Increasing neurology outreach efforts is a centerpiece of Dr. Valeriano’s vision for the Department’s future.

This spring, WPAHS established a telemedicine program to enhance stroke services at Forbes Hospital, providing advanced, specialized care for patients in Pittsburgh’s eastern suburbs. West Penn Allegheny’s long-term plan is to enhance stroke care services throughout the System, extending its telemedicine programs to Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights and Canonsburg Hospital in Washington County as well as offering telemedicine consultation to other hospitals and outpatient centers throughout the region.

Allegheny General became certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission in 2006. AGH was awarded the Commission’s Gold Seal of ApprovalTM, bestowed to medical centers that are uniquely capable of providing the most advanced and effective treatment for patients who suffer from stroke. The program annually treats more than 900 stroke patients.

Dr. Valeriano earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed residency training and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at Georgetown University. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Drexel University College of Medicine.

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