Cultural Director


The Cultural Director is responsible for any special cultural events that take place at the annual meeting. Dr. Abeliuk is the founder of the SFNS Neuro Cinema Festival and is a Past President. He is a neurologist practicing in the Bay Area.

Dr. Abeliuk was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1949. He graduated from medical school at the University of Chile in 1973 and migrated to the USA shortly after. He completed his training in the specialty of neurology at the University of Cincinnati (2 years) and U.C. Davis (2 years) in 1980, and has been in practice, clinical adult neurology, in the San Francisco East Bay for over 30 years. Dr. Abeliuk has been a member of the medical staff at John Muir Hospital since 1981.

Dr. Abeliuk served as the President of the Bay Area History of Medicine Club, affiliated with UCSF Department of Anthropology, from 2002 to 2006. He has been a frequent lecturer on the subject of history of medicine (neuroscience) since 1980 and has delivered more than 40 lectures at different venues, nationally as well as internationally. From 2007 to 2008, Dr. Abeliuk served as the President of the San Francisco Neurological Society, and served as a member of the Board for the last 10 years. 

For the last twelve years, Dr. Abeliuk has developed a small production company with a wide variety of interests where he has produced, thus far, over eight short documentaries. Four of them are available via (Abeliuk Productions). There are an additional seven projects being developed currently. Many of the latest topics deal with Chile as well as the history of medicine. His most recent film release at the 5th Annual Neuro-Cinema Festival at the Annual Meeting of the San Francisco Neurological Society, was titled “My Recovery: Doctor Robert Fox”. This film is currently scheduled to be presented at several different festivals within in the USA, Canada, and Europe. There is a film currently being produced about Easter Island scheduled to be released within the next two years. Moreover, for the next Neuro-Cinema Festival at the Annual Meeting of the San Francisco Neurological Society, Abeliuk Productions will present a film about the history of neurology. 

Dr. Abeliuk’s hobbies include world travel, art collection, bicycling, hiking, swimming, writing essays and poetry, as well as exploring other cultures. Aside from Easter Island, he travelled to Robinson Crusoe Island and reported in a film about the effects of a devastating tsunami.

He is the founder of the Neuro-Cinema Festival, which was in its fifth year in April 2013. He is the founder of the Strozzi Group, which is comprised of physicians who graduated from the University of Chile School of Medicine in the early 1970s, which  has over 70 members. Its goals are cultural as well as philanthropic. They are traveling through several countries in Eastern Europe in September and early October 2013.The purpose is to eventually report on the current cultural trends in those places that we will be visited.

Amanda Pacia

Oscar Abeliuk, MD