Dr. Dennis Landis, a nationally recognized leader in stroke and neurological disorders, has been named chair of the Department of Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine.

The BCM Board of Trustees made the appointment Wednesday. Landis will take the position Jan. 1.

"Dr. Landis is an outstanding leader in the field of neurology, recognized as a clinician, researcher and educator," said Dr. Peter G. Traber, president and CEO of BCM. "He will provide valuable direction for this critical area of patient care and research."

Landis, a stroke specialist, is the Gilbert W. Humphrey Professor of Neurology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He served as chair of the department from 1995 until July 1 of this year.

BCM conducted a national search for the new chair. Landis will succeed Dr. James Killian, who served as interim chair of neurology since 2004.

With over 100 published research articles, Landis is well known for his work in stroke and neurological disorders. He received the 2006 Pacesetter Award from the American Stroke Association for Excellence in Stroke Research and Treatment.

He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1971. His post-graduate training was at the University of California at San Diego, the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, both programs of Harvard Medical School.