Arthur L. Prensky, MD
Arthur L. Prensky, MD, HS ’57, was the first Allen P. and Josephine B. Green Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine. Over Prensky’s 45-year career, he has become a world authority in metabolic disorders, headache, and bioclinical abnormalities in the brain of neurologically impaired children. His writings have become the treasures of young neurologists-in-training, and he is well known as the final authority in many areas of pediatric neurology.
Prensky graduated from Cornell University in 1951 and received his medical degree from New York University. As a captain in the United States Air Force, he served as advisor to the Surgeon General on the problems of flight. He then completed his post graduate training at Massachusetts General Hospital before becoming an instructor in the department of neurology at Harvard Medical School. In 1967, he came to Washington University School of Medicine as an assistant professor.
Prensky’s clinical research interests are in metabolic and degenerative diseases of the nervous system of children and adolescents and the therapy of headache. He is currently involved in several prospective studies examining the efficacy of newer anti-migraine therapies in children. He is the author of more than 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has contributed to or edited 62 chapters in prominent textbooks.
He received the highest honor bestowed by the Child Neurology Society, the Hower Award, and is a regular on such lists as Top Doctors and Who’s Who.
Prensky has been an influential mentor to hundreds of trainees and junior faculty members. His protégées have made major contributions to the field of child neurology and the institutions where they work. Many have become program directors and have held endowed chairs at prestigious medical schools.
Known for his knowledge, wisdom, warmth, and marvelous sense of humor, Prensky is a beloved and treasured educator-mentor who has touched the lives of countless students, residents, and colleagues as well as the children whom they serve.
The Washington University Medical Center Alumni Association is pleased to present its Faculty Achievement Award to Dr. Prensky.