Multiple Sclerosis; Neuromuscular Disorders
I evaluate and care for patients who have neuroimmunological disorders, including multiple sclerosis (MS), neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) and other inflammatory- and autoimmune-mediated central and peripheral nervous system disorders.
I completed a master's of science degree in clinical and translational investigation to better conduct translational research. My research interests focus on immune-mediated nervous system disorders--specifically, on predictive measures and outcomes research. In addition to participation in several clinical trials, I am actively investigating the prevalence and relationship between MS and neuropathy. I also have a particular interest in the pathophysiology of autonomic nervous system dysfunction in MS and the usefulness of autonomic measurements in developing treatment targets and predictive clinical measures in MS. The goal of my research is to better understand MS and to create better treatments that will positively impact patients' lives.
I teach, train and mentor medical students and residents. I like to explore trainees' gaps of knowledge rather than tell them all the answers, a technique that I believe encourages physicians-in-training to think deeply and exhaustively about new areas of learning. I also teach trainees the art of physical exam techniques, which is a special area of interest to me.
During medical school, I completed an enrichment program in social medicine and public health that gave me training and research in public health and health disparities. I use what I learned to sensitize medical students and residents to the myriad and complex issues related to the care of patients for whom medical care is often inaccessible.