A Fulfilling Foundation: Kathleen Shannon, MD ’81/RMC; GME

Thursday, September 21, 2017

“Like any other family bond, the one with Rush is unbreakable,” said Kathleen Shannon, MD ’81/RMC; GME. “Rush imbues in its graduates a lifelong commitment to humanism and professionalism, as well as a spirit that dares to dream big.”

As the Detling Professor and chairperson of the Department of Neurology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Shannon currently guides the clinical research and academic future of neurology and its outreach throughout the state.

“At Rush I always appreciated the enormous talents of the clinical teaching faculty,” said Shannon, recipient of the 2017 Rush Medical College Distinguished Alumni Award in Service, Leadership and Innovation. “They taught me how to listen to and care for patients, and how to ask the questions that form the foundations of clinical research.” 

During her previous role as professor of neurological sciences at Rush, Shannon also served as the founder and director of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Center of Excellence for more than 10 years and is now a grant reviewer for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

“Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined what my daily life is like today,” said Shannon. “I am forever thankful for the foundation Rush helped me build that gave me the opportunities I now have.”