Drs. Aaron Field and Bhupendra Khatri to Be Inducted Into the National MS Society Hall of Fame
November 3, 2015
(HARTLAND, WISCONSIN)—Aaron Field, MD, PhD, and Bhupendra Khatri, MD, will be inducted into the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Volunteer Hall of Fame this week for their outstanding commitment to creating a world free of MS. Selected volunteers are recognized for their contributions in the areas of advocacy, fundraising, programs and services, health professionals or scientific research.
Field is being inducted in the scientific research category. A tenured professor of radiology and biomedical engineering, and chief of neuroradiology in the Department of Radiology, School of Medicine and Public Health at University of Wisconsin–Madison, he is a world-renowned expert in MRI techniques for brain imaging, and is developing methods to increase the sensitivity of scans to detect MS activity. His expertise has been called upon by several MS Society-funded researchers who call him the imaging “go-to guy.” Dr. Field’s research has been funded by the Society and he received a Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study lesion patterns found in MRIs, including pre-lesional changes in MS. Dr. Field has spoken at Society events in Wisconsin, performed with his band at MS fundraisers and participated in Bike MS.
Khatri is being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing his 30 years of volunteer service to the Society. He is the founding medical director of the Center for Neurological Disorders at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Center for Neurological Disorders – one of the largest MS clinical practices in the country – and is internationally recognized for his expertise in MS treatment. He is actively involved in MS clinical research, is a leading authority on plasma exchange therapy, and has served on the local National MS Society Health Advisory Committee since 1991. He has given numerous presentations about MS around the world and hosts a free educational series in Milwaukee called “Living Well with MS,” which focuses on diet, nutrition and therapies. He has published over 50 papers in peer reviewed journals, contributed seven chapters to medical text books and his award-winning book, “Healing the Soul: Unexpected Stories of Hope, Courage, and the Power of the Mind,” was published in 2014.
They will join other top volunteers from throughout the country at the Hall of Fame induction during the National MS Society’s Leadership Conference, being held November 5-7 in Fort Worth, Texas. Since 1997, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has recognized approximately 500 outstanding volunteers with induction to the Volunteer Hall of Fame.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.