LSU Health New Orleans’ Tilton Elected Chair Of The American Board Of Psychiatry And Neurology

NEW ORLEANS – Ann Tilton, MD, Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics and Section Chair of Child Neurology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, has been elected Chair of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). 

         ABPN is a not-for-profit corporation that develops and provides valid and reliable procedures for certification and maintenance of certification in psychiatry and neurology. Dr. Tilton will serve a one-year term.

         According to the American Board of Medical Specialties, of which the ABPN is a member board, board certification for physicians is a voluntary process that is different from medical licensure. A license to practice medicine sets the minimum competency requirements to diagnose and treat patients; it is not specialty specific. Board certification demonstrates a physician's exceptional expertise in a particular specialty and/or subspecialty of medical practice.

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         As a member of the LSU Health New Orleans faculty, Dr. Tilton also serves as director of the Rehabilitation Center at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans and director of the Comprehensive Spasticity Program. Special interests include neurorehabilitation, neuromuscular disorders, and clinical applications and research in novel uses of botulinum toxin and intrathecal baclofen in the care of children and young adults with abnormal tone.

         Dr. Tilton has been involved on the executive committee of the Professors of Child Neurology and active in the national Child Neurology Society as a Councilor, Secretary/Treasurer and as President. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Child Neurology Foundation. She has served on the American Academy of Neurology Board of Directors where she was Treasurer of the American Academy of Neurology Institute.

         Residency education is one of her priorities, and she served as a member and Vice-Chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Neurology Residency Review Committee.

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         Her interest in children with disabilities extends to the American Academy of Pediatrics where she served on the National Council for Children with Disabilities. Additionally, she is a certified member of the American Society of Neurorehabilitation and has been active on the executive committee.

         Dr. Tilton has been board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Clinical Neurophysiology. She has published on numerous topics and has spoken nationally and internationally on child neurology, rehabilitation, and spasticity management.

         LSU Health New Orleans educates Louisiana’s health care professionals. The state’s university health leader, LSU Health New Orleans includes a School of Medicine, the state’s only School of Dentistry, Louisiana’s only public School of Public Health, and Schools of Allied Health Professions, Nursing, and Graduate Studies. LSU Health New Orleans faculty takes care of patients in public and private hospitals and clinics throughout the region. In the vanguard of biosciences research in a number of areas in a worldwide arena, the LSU Health New Orleans research enterprise generates jobs and enormous economic impact. LSU Health New Orleans faculty has made lifesaving discoveries and continue to work to prevent, advance treatment, or cure disease.

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