On September 13, 2018 we dedicated our first floor boardroom to Dr. William Kinkel. Dr. Kinkel, one of the founders of Dent Neurologic Institute, has been an integral part of Dent’s success and legacy.
Dent’s story is rooted in a rich history. in 1962, Harry M. Dent, an entrepreneur and philanthropist in the Buffalo area, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. At the time not much was known about the disease, with few options for treatment and virtually no clinical research trials.
In 1963, under the leadership of his son Harry M. Dent, Jr., the Dent Family Foundation elected to support the work of renowned neurologist, Dr. William R. Kinkel, and his efforts in treating Parkinson’s disease. The Foundation provided an endowment to establish the Dent Clinic at Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo, New York. Dr. Kinkel was appointed as the clinic’s director. The initial focus was the stereotactic surgical treatment of Parkinson’s.
In 1968 the clinic was restructured into Dent Neurologic Institute, which more accurately reflected its growth and reputation. The next year, the Institute received FDA approval to begin regional clinical trials of the anti-Parkinson’s drug Levodopa, which revolutionized the treatment of the disorder. This was the first of many major clinical trials the Institute would conduct in the coming years.
Through Dr. Kinkel’s and the Dent Family Foundation’s leadership, Dent Neurologic Institute became a leader in the treatment of neurological diseases. Today with over 70 providers across 3 locations, treating 250,000 patients annually, we are proud to be the largest outpatient neurology practice in the country.
“Dr. Kinkel has given us more than we can thank him for today, he made us who we are. He made DENT what it is today…he taught us empathy, he taught us the patient comes first. We owe him everything.
– Dr. Laszlo Mechtler, DENT Medical Director