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Stanford Report, March 7, 2001
Fisher named as first Saul professor


Robert S. Fisher, MD, PhD, professor of neurology and neurological sciences, was named the first Maslah Saul, MD, Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences effective December 2000.

A graduate of CalTech, class of 1971, Fisher received his PhD in neurosciences in 1976 and his medical degree in 1977 from Stanford. He completed an internship and residency in medicine at Stanford and continued postdoctoral studies as a neurology fellow at Johns Hopkins University and a research associate in physiology at the University of Maryland.

From 1983-91 he served on the faculty at Johns Hopkins, where he achieved the rank of associate professor of neurology and of neurosurgery. In 1992 he moved to Phoenix to serve as director of the Epilepsy Center and of clinical neurophysiology at the Barrow Neurological Institute. He chaired the neurology department at Barrow from 1998 until fall 2000, when he left to join the Stanford medical faculty. Fisher directs Stanford's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.

His research focuses on studying the neurophysiological mechanisms of seizures and developing new treatments for previously untreatable seizure disorders. Fisher, a past president of the American Epilepsy Society, has won awards from the Klingenstein Foundation, the Epilepsy Foundation of America and the National Institutes
of Health.

The Saul professorship was established last year by Mark W. Saul and Jim and Carrie Anderson in honor of Saul's late father, who was born in Turkey in 1922, lived in North Africa and received a medical degree from the University of Paris. Saul came to the United States in the 1950s, established a medical practice and maintained an avid interest in medicine, engineering and science until his death from brain cancer in 1984.

Mark Saul and the Andersons share an interest in fostering research in neurological illnesses and in discovering new treatments for neurological disorders. Through the Saul professorship they will support a leading epilepsy and neurology research program at Stanford. Saul, an alumnus with degrees in history and in engineering from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard, and Jim Anderson, a Purdue graduate with a Stanford MBA, are general partners of Foundation Capital, a venture capital firm in Menlo Park. Carrie Anderson, a graduate of Santa Clara University Law School, practiced securities law in San Francisco and now works as a full-time mother of three.