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Prominent Pediatric Neurologist to Join Dell Med, Dell Children's

March 1, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas — Acclaimed pediatric neurologist E. Steve Roach, M.D., is coming to Central Texas to advance research and learning around pediatric and adult brain and spine care. On May 1, Roach joins Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas as section chief of pediatric neurosciences, and Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin as associate chair for clinical integration and operations of its neurology department.

Roach will work with the world-class Dell Children's team, Dell Med adult and pediatric faculty and the local community of physicians to support and elevate care in Central Texas for the treatment of pediatric and adult neurological disorders such as epilepsy, spina bifida, movement disorders, autism, stroke and other issues such as headaches and brain tumors.

"Under the leadership of Dr. Roach and Dell Medical school, Austin will attract additional physician-scientists with deep roots in clinical services, academic pursuits, research and education," said Christopher Born, president of Dell Children's. "Dr. Roach and his team will accelerate access to the best neurologists in the country."

Roach will lead the development of neurological care at the medical school's Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences, where he will drive treatment and research efforts in autism, epilepsy and neuromuscular conditions, as well as other neurological diseases.

"Dr. Roach's leadership and expertise will positively impact the community at all levels — from patients to faculty, medical residents and students," said David Paydarfar, M.D., professor and chair of neurology at Dell Medical School and interim director of the Mulva Clinic.

"I am excited about helping to build the neurology programs in Austin," Roach said. "The partnership between Seton, the Mulva Clinic, and Dell Medical School provides a terrific opportunity to develop innovative clinical and research programs that will improve health care in Central Texas and well beyond."

Roach currently serves as professor of neurology and pediatrics at Ohio State University College of Medicine and neurologist-in-chief at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. The 2017 U.S. News and World Report survey ranked Nationwide Children's neurology and neurosurgery program among the top 10 in the country.

Roach has experience in a variety of clinical, academic and research roles. He has led multiple neurology programs and held various academic appointments, including those at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Medical Center in Dallas.

He has authored or edited nine medical text books and more than 200 journal articles, many focusing on genetic neurological disorders or stroke in children and adults. He is also editor-in-chief of Pediatric Neurology, a top-rated, peer-reviewed medical journal; and a former president of the Child Neurology Society, an 1,800-member organization of North American pediatric neurologists.

Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Pediatrics, Roach received his undergraduate degree from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., and his medical degree from University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis. He completed pediatric and pediatric neurology residency programs at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C.