Buna Joe “BJ” Wilder, MD (1929–2023)

Congratulations to Drs. Giridhar Kalamangalam, R.E. Ramsay and Michael Okun on their recently published article about the life and career of Buna Joe “BJ” Wilder, MD. in the March issue of Neurology.


“Buna Joe Wilder, MD, was an American neurologist, scientist, and philanthropist. The scientific and clinical work he initiated in the 1960s profoundly influenced the neurologic specialty of epileptology.

The only child of Buna and Odessa Wilder, “BJ” was raised in Gainesville, FL, receiving his MD from Duke University in 1955. Following military service and a surgical residency at the University of Miami, he was briefly a general practitioner before retraining in neurology at the University of Florida (UF). A post-residency research year spent in David Prince’s laboratory at Stanford was to change his life and lay the foundation for his work in epilepsy. Appointed to the UF faculty in 1966, he rose to a full-tenured professorship within 7 years and was named chief of service at the Gainesville VA Hospital, a role he held for 2 decades. He met his wife Evelyn Vance at Duke, and they were married for 67 years raising 3 children.”

Read the rest here!