Dr. Andrew Eisen MD., FRCPC  Honourary Life Director

Dr. Andrew Eisen is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia. He is a graduate of the University of Leeds in England (1959). He completed his residency in neurology at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, and obtained the FRCPC in 1968. He was on the staff of the Montreal Neurological and McGill from 1968 to 1980, first as an assistant professor and then as an associate professor of neurology. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1980 to become a professor of neurology at UBC. During his time at UBC, he developed the Neuromuscular Diseases Program and started a provincial ALS Centre. Dr Eisen was Associate Dean of Research, University of British Columbia, from 1985 to 1989 and head of the Department of Medicine UBC from 1989 to 1994. He was head of neurology from 1995 until 2000.In 1980, he was one of the founders of the ALS Society of BC and has served on the board with few breaks since its creation. In 2001, he was made an Honorary Life Director of ALS Society of BC. Dr Eisen has written extensively on ALS and edited the Motor Neuron Volumes of both the Handbook of Clinical Neurophysiology (2004) and Clinical Neurology (2007). In 1999, he received the prestigious Forbes Norris Award “for compassion and love of humanity in the study, management and support of ALS and Motor Neuron Disease.” He is a former president of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electro Diagnostic Medicine. Dr. Eisen served on the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology as its treasurer. He has a publication record that includes five books, 35 book-chapters and over 250 peer-reviewed articles. He has been mainly interested in the clinical neurophysiology of ALS but has recently collaborated with colleagues in the UK and Australia to consider some of the more elusive aspects of ALS. In 2012, Dr. Eisen was a recipient of a British Columbia Community Achievement Award and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.