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About the Speakers

Kathryn Idol Xixis, MD

Kathryn Xixis, MD

Kathryn Idol Xixis, MD is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia. She completed her combined Pediatrics and Child Neurology training at Duke University. Prior to matriculating to the University of Virginia, Dr. Xixis worked for several years at East Tennessee State University where her work with residents and medical students ignited her interest in medical education. She currently serves as Program Director for the Child Neurology Residency Program at UVA, and she is a member of the UVA Academy for Excellence in Education. Additionally, Dr. Xixis has a clinical interest in neurofibromatosis and helped to establish the UVA Comprehensive Pediatric Neurofibromatosis Clinic. Outside of medicine, Dr. Xixis enjoys spending time with her family including her husband, Terry, and their two young sons, James and William.

Lori Jordan, MD, PhD

Lori Jordan, MD, PhD

Lori Jordan, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology, and Radiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. She completed residency in Pediatrics and Child Neurology followed by a fellowship in Vascular Neurology (Stroke) at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Dr. Jordan also completed a PhD in Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health after her clinical training. At Vanderbilt, Dr. Jordan has served as Program director and now serves as the Associate program director for the Child Neurology residency. With a multidisciplinary team, she developed an acute stroke team for children at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and sees children with stroke and neurovascular disease in clinic. She is passionate about improving care and outcomes for children with stroke.

Her research has focused on understanding predictors of recovery after stroke in children and on primary and secondary stroke prevention in children and adults with sickle cell anemia using novel neuroimaging methods. Recent interests include more broad groups of children with chronic illness such as type I diabetes and congenital heart disease that impact brain health. Dr. Jordan has research funding from the three different institutes of the National Institutes of Health, NINDS, NHLBI and NIDDK, including funding to mentor young clinician-scientists, one of her favorite activities. Currently, she serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Child Neurology Society and the International Pediatric Stroke Organization.