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UC Davis School of Medicine

UC Davis School of Medicine

NEWS | July 10, 2017

UC Davis physician honored for Huntington's disease work

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.)

The Northern California chapter of Huntington’s Disease Society of American (HDSA) has honored UC Davis Health’s Lorin Scher for his outstanding service to the Huntington’s disease community in the Sacramento region.

Dr. Lorin Scher listens as he's honored during this year's Team Hope Walk in Sacramento. Dr. Lorin Scher listens as he's honored during this year's Team Hope Walk in Sacramento.

Scher is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and serves as co-director of the HDSA Center of Excellence at UC Davis. He was recognized during this year’s annual Team Hope Walk in Sacramento.

Huntington’s disease (HD) is a progressive brain disorder caused by a single defective gene that some have likened to a combination of muscle withering like ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), loss of memory such as in Alzheimer’s, and the nerve damages seen in Parkinson’s.

Scher has shown expertise and dedication to helping HD patients and their families manage the psychiatric challenges that usually accompany the disease.

“Dr. Scher is a superb colleague and someone who provides essential psychiatric care for patients with Huntington's disease who suffer from behavioral health issues,” said Vicki Wheelock, a professor of neurology and director UC Davis’ Huntington's Disease Center of Excellence.

Huntington’s disease presents an exceptional set of circumstances for patients and care providers alike. Scher not only has worked tirelessly to provide care for patients, but has mentored many young physicians over the years and helped build a vital cadre of psychiatrists in Northern California and beyond who now have unique expertise in caring for patients with Huntington’s disease.

“Dr. Scher also is a superb educator, supervising fellows, residents and medical students who rotate in the clinic to gain experience in assessing and managing the psychiatric features in Huntington’s disease,” Wheelock added. “This award reflects the Huntington’s disease community's appreciation for his expertise and commitment to patients and families.”

This year’s local Team Hope Walk was the 9th annual event. It aims to raise as much money as possible in the Sacramento community to support the mission and services of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, which includes the center of excellence at UC Davis Health.