Albany, N.Y., March 23, 2006—Anthony Ritaccio, M.D., professor of neurology and neurosurgery, was recently installed as the J. Spencer Standish Endowed Chair in Neuroscience at Albany Medical Center. The appointment was announced by Vince Verdile, M.D., dean of Albany Medical College and executive vice president for health affairs at the Albany Medical Center.
The chair was funded by a $1 million gift from J. Spencer Standish, former Chairman of the Board of the Albany International Corporation and longtime supporter of Albany Med. His intent is that the Chair focus on providing care and research support for patients suffering from epilepsy.
“Dr. Ritaccio has proven himself a strong and respected physician and leader, and he is uniquely qualified to provide the individualized care that patients with epilepsy require,” said Dr. Verdile. “We are overwhelmingly grateful to Mr. Standish for providing support for this Chair.”
After serving four years as associate professor of neurology at the New York University School of Medicine, Dr. Ritaccio returned to Albany Med in 2003, where he now serves as director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, and as director of the clinical neurophysiology laboratory.
Dr. Ritaccio completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University, and received his medical degree from Albany Medical College. He performed his residency in neurology at the Albany Medical Center Hospital, and also completed a fellowship in epilepsy and neurophysiology at the University of Pittsburgh Epilepsy Center. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He has been elected to the Best Doctors in America listing for five consecutive years.