Dr Alfred J Spiro, 1930 – 2019

Dr Alfred J Spiro, a distinguished neurologist, died 17 April. He was 88. Born in New York City in 1930 and educated at NYU and the University of Bern Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Spiro was trained in paediatrics and then in neurology at the Children’s Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  In 1966 Dr Spiro published the first paper on myotubular myopathy in the Archives of Neurology.

Persistence of fetal muscle in adolescent boy.

The same year Dr Spiro joined the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he stayed his entire academic career and where he worked as a professor of neurology and paediatrics and director of the Division of Paediatric Neurology, until his retirement in 2017.

Dr Spiro was internationally known for his work in muscle disorders, directed the MDA Muscle Disease Clinic and published many scientific papers. He was recognised with several teaching awards and in 2018 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Child Neurology Society.

Research into centronuclear and myotubular myopathy has come a long way since 1966  and we are grateful to Dr Spiro for his contributions to the science of muscle diseases and taking the first steps that led us to where we find ourselves today.

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