Dr. Mark Allen Stacy Endowed Scholarship Established at Southeast

library studyingCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 19, 2015 – The Dr. Mark Allen Stacy Endowed Scholarship has been established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

In honor of their son, Dr. Bill Stacy of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Mrs. Jane Cooper Stacy of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, made a gift of $5,000 to establish the scholarship. Their gift was matched with an additional $5,000 through the Faculty/Staff component of the Honoring Tradition – Inspiring Success Comprehensive Campaign through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

The renewable scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University with a minimum 2.0 grade point average. The recipient of this scholarship will be an underrepresented minority student, and first preference will go to a student from Central High School in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Dr. Mark Allen Stacy, a Cape Girardeau native, is a professor of neurology and associate dean of clinical research at the Duke University Medical Center.

Stacy is a well-respected national expert on Parkinson’s disease and has published more than 100 manuscripts on Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, tremor and other movement disorders. He also has published “The Handbook of Dystonia,” more than 75 journal articles and numerous book chapters. He has given more than 50 international and national presentations and has been featured in major media outlets. He regularly provides expert commentary to the Parkinson’s disease community via WebMD.

His areas of research interests include Parkinson’s disease, benign essential Blepharospasm, essential tremor, Botulinum toxin, cervical Dystonia Study Group, the Movement Disorders Society and the American Academy of Neurology. He has been a member of the World Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders and the Michael J. Fox Foundation, among many others.

Stacy received his Bachelor of Science with a major in zoology from Southeast, and he received his medical degree from the University of Missouri in 1986. He did his residency in neurology at the Hahnemann University Hospital at Drexel University College of Medicine in Pennsylvania and his fellowship in movement disorders at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

He also serves as director of the Duke University Movement Disorders Center and previously has served as chief operations officer of the Neurology Clinical Research Organization at Duke University Medical Center- Division of Neurology, director of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Research Center and director of the University of Missouri Parkinson’s Disease Clinic and Movement Disorders Center.

Stacy has received several awards, honors and grants, including the Best Doctors in America and the Best Doctors in North Carolina awards. He has also been the recipient of Southeast’s Young Alumni Merit Award.

For more information, please contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or foundation@semo.edu.