James R. Couch, MD, PhD
Former Chairman, Professory of Neurology
Oklahoma University Health Science Center
Born on October 25, 1939 in Bryan, Texas, Dr. James R. Couch is a renowned neurologist and educator whose long, successful career began with his studies at Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University. In 1961, Dr. Couch graduated with a BS, continuing his studies at Baylor University, where he obtained a MD in 1965 and a PhD in physiology in 1966. Following his graduation, Dr. Couch was an intern at Barnes Hospital from 1966 to 1967. During this period, from 1967 to 1969, he also was a fellow of the lab of neuropharmacology at the National Institute of Mental Health.
While completing his postgraduate education at the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, Dr. Couch was a resident in neurology at Washington University School of Medicine between 1969 and 1972. At the Kansas University Medical Center, he began as a staff member before being promoted to assistant professor in 1972 and then associate professor in 1976. From 1979 to 1992, Dr. Couch served as a professor and chief of the neurology division at Southern Illinois University, as well as chairman of the department of medicine from 1988 to 1989. While working at this university, he also was a director of the EEG Laboratory, Muscular Dystrophy Clinic, Consultant Speech and Hearing Laboratory, and Memorial Medical Center.
Between 1992 and 2006, Dr. Couch was a professor and chairman of the department of neurology at Oklahoma University College while working as a staff at various hospitals in Oklahoma. He was a visiting professor at a variety of esteemed universities, including Albert Einstein Medical School, Penn State Medical School, and Wayne State University. To this day, Dr. Couch continues his work a professor of neurology at Oklahoma University College. He was certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1992, and was later recertified in 2002. He was certified by the states of Texas, Maryland, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Oklahoma, as well as Headache Medicine and the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties.
Dr. Couch has contributed to his field through his roles as a civic leader and editor. From 1980 to 1992, he was on the medical advisory board of the Lincoln Land Epilepsy Association. He was a chairman of the education committee and member of the executive board of the American Society of Neurorehab between 1990 and 1995. As an editor, Dr. Couch has worked for Headache from 1979 to 1992 and Journal of Stroke & Cerebrovascular Disease from 1995 to 2008. Since 2003, he has been a section editor of Headache: Current Treatment Options and Neurology. Dr. Couch has contributed articles to various professional journals, as well.
Dr. Couch's contributions extend to his leadership and involvement with various scientific organization. As a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, he was a board director and assistant secretary treasurer from 1984 to 1986, as well as the secretary treasurer from 1986 to 1988, chairman of the neurorehab section from 1996 to 1998, and chair of the headache section from 2003 to 2005. Between 2003 and 2005, he also was the chair and program director of the consortium of neurology programs as a part of this organization.
Within the American Headache Society, Dr. Couch was an executive committee member from 1983 to 1985, member of the winter headache course committee from 1983 to 1985, and chairman from 1994 to 1998, as well as a faculty member continuing medical education courses from 1982 to 2007, an education committee member from 1983 to 1985, and a board director from 1983 to 1992. Since 1986, he has been a member of the achievement recognition and publications committees. Between 1992 and 1994, Dr. Couch was a treasurer. He was the secretary from 1994 to 1996, as well as the president-elect from 1996 to 1998. In 1998, Dr. Couch was elected president of the American Headache Society.
Dr. Couch is a member of the American Association of Professors of Neurology, which he was the chairman and secretary treasurer from 1992 to 1996 and chairman again from 1997 to 2001. Within the Neuroscience Society, he was the secretary of the Kanas City Chapter from 1976 to 1977, president from 1977 to 1978, president of the Sangamon County chapter of neuroscience from 1982 to 1992, and president again from 1986 to 1987. Dr. Couch was a member of the Central Nervous system advisory committee from 2004 to 2008. Dr. Couch is a member of the American Heart Association, American Medical Association, American Neurological Association, American Headache Society, American Geriatric Society, Illinois Medical Society, Sangamon County Medical Society, Oklahoma State Medical Society, Oklahoma County Medical Society, Baylor University Medical Alumni Association, Washington University Medical Alumni Association, Sigma Xi, Alpha Omega Alpha, Phi Eta Sigma, and Phi Kappi Phi.
As an esteemed neurologist and educator, Dr. Couch was a fellow of the National Heart Institute between 1965 and 1966, as well as a fellow of the National Institute of Health and National Institute of Mental Health between 1967 and 1969. Since 1969, he has been the recipient of numerous research grants for neurology. Dr. Couch has appeared in various Marquis Who's Who publications, including the 47th through 50th, 52nd through 59th, and 63rd through 70th editions of Who's Who in America. He has been featured in the 1st edition of Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare and the 7th edition of Who's Who in American Education, as well as the 11th edition of Who's Who in Science and Engineering and the 21st edition of Who's Who in the Midwest. His achievements have been recorded in the 36th through 42nd editions of Who's Who in the South and Southwest.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Couch has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.