Bill Logan received an undergraduate degree from Illinois College and his medical degree from the University of Chicago. This was followed by extensive training in Pediatrics, Neurology, and Neuropharmacology at Johns Hopkins, Cincinnati Children’s, Stanford, and the NIH. Following this training, Dr. Logan was recruited to the University of Virginia where he made significant contribution to our understanding
of CSF neurotransmitters. In 1978 he went to Toronto to assume the position of Head of the Division of Neurology at the Hospital for Sick Children, following John Stobo Prichard, one of the founders of the specialty of child neurology. Bill held this position until 1994, rising to the rank of Full Professor, and has remained at Sick Kids in the Division of Neurology ever since as a staff neurologist. Of note, Bill took a year-long
sabbatical in Boston following the end of his tenure as Division Head and basically redefined his career, gaining expertise in fMRI and MRI, which he has used to develop a program looking at cerebral blood flow in childhood stroke and pediatric movement disorders. Although Bill ostensibly ‘retired’ a few years ago, you would never know it, as he still makes enormous clinical and educational contributions to the Division of Neurology at SickKids.
Dr. Logan has a long history of significant engagement with the Child Neurology Society. Starting in 1981 Bill was a member of the International Affairs Committee, where he served from 1981-1982 and 1989- 1990. From 1991-1993, he was the Councillor from the Midwest on the CNS Executive Committee. Following this role, he served on the Training Committee from 1994-1995, before returning to the International Affairs Committee from 1997-2005. Over this period, he also had a long tenure on the CNS Awards committee. His leadership within the CNS was paralleled by remarkable engagement in the growth of child neurology nationally and internationally. Dr. Logan served as president of the Canadian Association of Child Neurology (CACN) from 1995-1997. This leadership role followed his tenure of the CACN as secretary treasurer and then Vice President. At the International Child Neurology Association (ICNA), Bill served as an Executive Board Member, Secretary Treasurer, Vice President (North America), and Founding Editor and Chief of the ICNA website. Reflecting his unwavering dedication to the education of child neurologists in Canada, Bill held the prestigious position of an Examiner in Neurology for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada from 1984 to 1990. Earlier in his career, he served as an Associate Examiner in Neurology and Child Neurology for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He also has engaged in Medical Leadership more broadly, serving on the Council of the Ontario Medical Association. He has been on the Editorial Board of numerous journals including the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, Neurology, and Pediatric Neurology.
Dr. Logan is an outstanding, empathetic and compassionate clinician. Through his clinical care, he exemplifies “humanism”. He is a remarkably gifted teacher and invariably galvanizes the curiosity of the medical students, residents, fellows, and everyone else who is fortunate enough to be in the room.
Not reflected in his CV, but widely recognized by his peers, Bill has been a pivotal and personal ‘bridge’ in the multiple close connections between Canadian child neurologists and the Child Neurology Society. Through roles and actions, both formal and informal, Bill has ensured that there is a vital continuing Canadian presence in this Society that has contributed to the diversity and growth in the specialty.
Bill has been a pivotal and personal ‘bridge’ in the multiple close connections between Canadian child neurologists and the Child Neurology Society. Through roles and actions, both formal and informal, Bill has ensured that there is a vital continuing Canadian presence in this Society that has contributed to the diversity and growth in the specialty.