San Antonio (Jan. 14, 2004) – Anne Leonard, R.N., M.P.H., research nurse in the division of neurology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and at the Audie L. Murphy Division of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, has been named to the Statewide Stroke Task Force for the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association of Texas.
This task force is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive plan to promote awareness regarding the signs and symptoms of stroke. The task force is composed of physicians, health care advocates and volunteers from around the state. Since stroke is the No. 3 killer in the United States, the task force is focused on implementing training and emergency protocols that will strengthen the care that stroke patients receive. Leonard is also a member of the AHA’s Stroke Council Leadership Committee, one of the AHA’s nine national councils.
Leonard has worked in stroke research with David Sherman, M.D., professor and chief of neurology at the Health Science Center and staff neurologist at Audie Murphy, and Robert Hart, M.D., professor of neurology at the Health Science Center and staff neurologist at Audie Murphy, for 16 years.