Angela Allen, Mark Coe, Dr. Erin Furr Stimming, Kelsey Porter & Dominique Thomas added to HDSA’s National Board of Trustees
NEW YORK, NY (January 6, 2021) – The Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) is excited to announce that Dr. Victor Sung has been appointed Chair of HDSA’s National Board of Trustees. Dr. Sung replaces E.J. Garner following her two-year term as Board Chair.
“It is my great honor to serve as HDSA’s Chair for the next two years. I know that I have huge shoes to fill coming after the amazing E.J. Garner,” said Dr. Victor Sung. “As we work together to help lead HDSA out of the complicated year that has been 2020, we have found new ways to connect virtually, and as a great big HD family, I truly believe that we can accomplish incredible things.”
Dr. Victor Sung, a native of Houston, TX, graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a minor in music in 2001. He received his medical degree from UT-Southwestern in Dallas in 2005. He completed residency training in neurology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2009, during which time he was elected to membership of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and received the Argus Award for Best Neurology Resident. He currently serves as Director of the UAB / HDSA Huntington’s Disease Center of Excellence, serving more than 200 HD patients across the southeast. The UAB COE was awarded the HDSA Excellence in Clinical Care Award in 2017. Dr. Sung was awarded the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2018. Dr. Sung has been honored to serve on the HDSA Board of Trustees since 2017.
In addition to Dr. Sung’s appointment, HDSA has also added Angela Allen, Mark Coe, Dr. Erin Furr Stimming, Kelsey Porter and Dominique Thomas to the National Board of Trustees. Teresa Srajer was named Chair Elect and Jenne Coler-Dark will continue her role as Secretary, while Kamran Alam will remain as Treasurer. To learn more about HDSA’s Board of Trustees please visit HDSA.org/trustees.
The Huntington’s Disease Society of America would like to thank E.J. Garner for her wonderful leadership as Chair, as well as Dr. Don Higgins, Dr. Arik Johnson, and Dan Vandivort who have also completed their terms of service on HDSA’s Board of Trustees.
Huntington’s disease is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. It deteriorates a person’s physical and mental abilities during their prime working years and has no cure. Every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of carrying the faulty gene. Today, there are approximately 41,000 symptomatic Americans and more than 200,000 at-risk of inheriting the disease.
The symptoms of HD are described as having ALS, Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s – simultaneously.
The Huntington’s Disease Society of America is the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by HD. From community services and education to advocacy and research, HDSA is the world’s leader in providing help for today and hope for tomorrow for people with HD and their families.
To learn more about Huntington’s disease and the work of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, visit www.hdsa.org or call (800)345-HDSA.
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