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News Archive (2007)

Saint Mary’s Health Care and the College of Human Medicine announce the dual appointment of Dr. Christopher Glisson

December 2007

Officials at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Saint Mary’s Health Care announced their first joint hire with the dual appointment of Christopher C. Glisson, DO, MS, as medical director of Saint Mary’s Health Care neuro-ophthalmology program and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine assistant professor, department of neurology and ophthalmology. 

"Through relationships with the highly sophisticated neuroscience community of Grand Rapids, MSU College of Human Medicine is helping to identify and co-create neurological subspecialty services deemed necessary by the West Michigan medical community,” said Dr. David Kaufman, chair of the MSU College of Human Medicine department of neurology. “Dr. Glisson represents the first appointment in this initiative. We are pleased to be part of this process and to have worked so closely with Saint Mary's Health Care in the recruitment of Dr. Glisson.”

David Baumgartner, M.D., Vice President of Medical Affairs at Saint Mary’s, added: “Saint Mary’s Health Care is delighted to welcome this outstanding young physician to our medical staff. This is a great example of collaboration between Saint Mary’s and the Michigan State College of Human Medicine. I am pleased that we have worked together to bring a new specialty that previously was unavailable to our community.”

Dr. Glisson will have an active clinical service in neuro-ophthalmology in the Saint Mary’s neuroscience department. He currently sees patients in his office at 260 Jefferson, SE, Suite 217, on Mondays and Wednesdays (phone number 616. 752. 5333) and in his office at Michigan State University on Thursdays. He will move into the new Hauenstein Center at Saint Mary's Health Care when it opens in early 2009.

Neuro-ophthalmology is the study of visual problems caused by neurological conditions and illnesses that affect vision and eye movement. A clinician and researcher in pursuit of prognosis and treatment strategies for a variety of neurological disorders, Dr. Glisson will continue to work with MSU clinical researchers and neuro-biologists on his studies. In particular, resources provided through the emerging Hauenstein Neurosciences Center will offer Dr. Glisson and his research group opportunities to investigate emerging neuro-ophthalmologic techniques, particularly those related to multiple sclerosis, neuro-degenerative diseases and other related disorders.

Dr. Glisson completed his fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania in conjunction with the Scheie Eye Institute and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Prior to that time, he was chief resident in neurology at Michigan State University and in the residency program at Sparrow Hospital Systems in Lansing. Dr. Glisson earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Michigan State University, a Master of Science degree in neurophysiology from Wayne State University, and Bachelor of Science degree from Hillsdale College.

“It is highly unusual for a community the size of Grand Rapids to have this level of sub-specialty medicine available,” commented Dr. Glisson. “The partnership between the medical school and the hospital, along with the research capability, presents a wonderful opportunity for patients and families. This holds great promise for the future, and I am so pleased to be a part of it.”