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03/15/2024

We are thrilled to welcome our newest class of adult and child residents!

We cannot wait to see the great things you'll accomplish - congrats to all who matched! 🎉

7 Napping Tips for a Refreshing Snooze 03/11/2024

Is it healthy to nap?

Yes! Dr. Maha Alattar, medical director of the VCU Health Sleep Center shares the optimal nap time should be between 30 and 45 minutes.

7 Napping Tips for a Refreshing Snooze Happy, healthy napping is just a few bits of advice away

02/23/2024

Sharing the gift of gratitude and a sweet treat today for for all our neuro residents and fellows.💛🖤

This Machine was Made for Walking | Medical College of Virginia Foundation 02/12/2024

Once a week, Bill Hicks travels 90 miles to the VCU Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center where he uses an exoskeleton – a wearable device that helps him maintain the leg strength needed to continue doing the things he loves, like teaching his grandchildren to appreciate the outdoors.

Bill has hereditary spastic paraplegia, or HSP, a genetic condition that causes rigidity in the leg muscles, which greatly impairs a person’s ability to walk.

“To have found an answer for him and his family, and a specific one that validated everything they had been through, that phone call was a meaningful moment for everyone," said Leslie Cloud, MD.

This Machine was Made for Walking | Medical College of Virginia Foundation How a motorized exoskeleton, and a team approach to care, have kept an energetic Virginian on his feet.

01/22/2024

Finding friends is what we do! 🖤💛🩺

Members of our pediatric neurology team along with colleagues from UVA connect at this year's Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD)'s Duchenne Healthcare Professionals Summit in Fort Myers, FL.

01/10/2024

🎉Proud to announce that 9 of our incredible doctors have been named to Virginia Business's inaugural list of Virginia’s Top Doctors!

Congratulations to these experts for their exceptional care and dedication! 🧠🏥

Read more➡️: https://bit.ly/47vghm8

Photos from VCU Neurology Department's post 01/09/2024

Join us in congratulating child neurologists, Dr. Amy Harper and Dr. Lawrence Morton on their CNS committee appointments for the upcoming year.

Dr. Harper has been selected to the Nominating Committee. Dr. Morton has been selected to the Maintenance and Certification (MOC) Committee.

We are so very proud of their accomplishments and grateful for their invaluable contributions to our team and the field of pediatric neurology. 🧠💫
https://www.childneurologysociety.org/colleagues/about/cns-committees/

Focused Ultrasound to Treat Essential Tremor 01/03/2024

Check out how focused ultrasound can treat essential tremor. Meet Ross Southers, a VCU Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center, a VCU Neurosurgery patient and the first focused ultrasound patient at VCU Health.

Since his surgery, Mr. Southers has enjoyed a successful reduction in tremors.

Read more➡️: https://bit.ly/48lBekR
Tune in📽️: https://bit.ly/3vmBS33

Focused Ultrasound to Treat Essential Tremor Focused ultrasound is an incisionless treatment for patients with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor. In this video, Ross So...

Foundation’s Discovery Series Highlights Innovations in Research and Patient Care | Medical College of Virginia Foundation 11/29/2023

MCV Foundation's 10th anniversary of its fall Discovery Series highlighted innovations in research and patient care and featured Gordon Smith, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Neurology as a panelist.

Foundation’s Discovery Series Highlights Innovations in Research and Patient Care | Medical College of Virginia Foundation This month, events in Richmond and Williamsburg celebrated a decade of highlighting VCU Health’s excellence in patient care and research.

11/20/2023

VCU Neurologist, Mathula Thangarajh, MD, Ph.D. was awarded the Surinderjit Singh Young Lectureship Award at the 2023 AANEM Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, where Dr. Thangarajh also presented a plenary session entitled: Making Visible the “Invisible”: Cognitive Disability in DMD.

Dr. Thangarajh will summarize efforts to better quantify the unexpected cognitive burden within DMD and other NMDs, explore psychosocial determinants of health, and highlight how community engagement and partnership with advocacy agencies and industry can be harnessed to improve cognitive health in this disease.

Dr. Thangarajh’s research work has highlighted the need for holistic assessment of individuals and their families and promoted scientific stewardship, research equity, and advocacy in improving the clinical and research space in DMD.

Congratulations Dr. Thangarajh!

Brain Breakthroughs 10/27/2023

Check out brain 🧠breakthroughs: VCU Neurology Department's Dr. Kenichiro Ono and VCU Neurosurgery's Dr. Paul Koch discuss deep brain stimulation ( ) in helping epilepsy patients with seizures via PBS: VPM News Focal Point.

Brain Breakthroughs Researchers use technology and deep brain stimulation to develop Neuroprosthetics that may restore the sense of smell or treat seizures and other ailments.

Identifying Subtle Clinical Indicators to Diagnose Spasticity 10/25/2023

Neurology professor, Cameron Miller-Patterson, MD, discussed identifying subtle clinical indicators to diagnose spasticity with Neurology Learning Network earlier this month.

Identifying Subtle Clinical Indicators to Diagnose Spasticity Explore the world of spasticity management, unraveling the mysteries with an expert who truly understands the nuances of this condition. Spasticity Excellence Forum Q&As

The time is now to defeat ALS! 10/24/2023

Lace up your walking shoes, we’ve saved you a spot! 👟

Join our VCU ALS team in the Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday, Oct. 28. Help provide resources and services to families with ALS.

The time is now to defeat ALS! For people battling ALS, time is not a luxury to waste. With an average life expectancy of 2-5 years following diagnosis, there is clear urgency to optimize care and find effective treatments for those affected by the disease. That's why we need to do everything we can to help The ALS Association DC...

A Neurologist’s Experience as a Patient with ALS 10/09/2023

Check out Department of Neurology Chair and professor, A. Gordon Smith, MD, and UC Davis neurologist and Assistant Clinical Professor, Ajay Sampat, MD's conversation about his journey of being a neurologist and being diagnosed with at 36 years old.

via Neurology Journal

A Neurologist’s Experience as a Patient with ALS Dr. Gordon Smith talks with Dr. Ajay Sampat about his journey of being a neurologist and getting diagnosed with ALS at 36. Visit NPUb.org/Podcast for additio...

Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Center funds three interdisciplinary scientific investigations 10/06/2023

VCU Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center's pilot grants program gifted $150,000 to projects that advance research into Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.

Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Center funds three interdisciplinary scientific investigations The VCU School of Medicine offers a variety of first professional and graduate advanced degree programs. View our video gallery and hear what our students are saying about their experience at VCU School of Medicine!

CONTINUUM: Lifelong Learning in Neurology 10/03/2023

Save the Date: The October issue of Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology Peripheral Nerve and Motor Neuron Disorders Issue, is guest edited by our very own Dr. Kelly Gwathmey! 💛🖤

This issue will publish on October 16.

CONTINUUM: Lifelong Learning in Neurology Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology® is a topic-based self-study continuing medical education publication from the American Academy of Neurology. Continuum is clinically based and written in clear, concise language by experts in the neurology subspecialties. Published six times a year, each C...

09/15/2023

Did you know? Millions of people are living with Myotonic Dystrophy globally, yet most likely do not know they have the disease and are in need of care.

Our neuro team is moving research forward in myotonic dystrophy at CIMR!

Damarius’ story: Children’s Tower supports next generation gene modifying therapy research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy | Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU 08/10/2023

Pediatric neurologist, Dr. Amy Harper, discussed the importance of pediatric muscular dystrophy care and research for Damarius White— a Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU
patient who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

Damarius’ story: Children’s Tower supports next generation gene modifying therapy research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy | Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU Children's Emergency Department is now located in Children's Tower: 1001 E. Marshall Street.  Notice: Vendor data security incident

Honoring Kathy O'Hara 08/08/2023

Pediatric Neurology nurses like Kathy O'Hara make a difference in the lives of children and their families with neurological conditions everyday.

Your gift to our pediatric neurology campaign ensures groundbreaking research can continue to change young lives everyday.

Honoring Kathy O'Hara Members of the pediatric neurology team have organized a campaign to honor the contributions of Kathy O'Hara, RN in celebration of her retirement this summer. Kathy has filled distinguished clinical, leadership and academic roles for 41 years and has positively impacted the lives of countless...

Two VCU Health hospitals recognized nationally for stroke care | VCU Health 08/07/2023

VCU Health's Comprehensive Stroke Center was recently awarded the American Heart Association's highest designation for the care of stroke patients.

“These awards are very important because they show our commitment to caring for patients with stroke,” said Daniel Falcao, D.O., interim medical director of the VCU Comprehensive Stroke Center at the VCU Medical Center.

Congratulations to our vascular team.

Two VCU Health hospitals recognized nationally for stroke care | VCU Health VCU Medical Center and VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) received the American Heart Association’s “GoldPlus Get With The Guidelines – Stroke” advanced quality achievement award. Additionally, they earned the AHA’s Target Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll (Medical...

Wellness session highlights self-care techniques for new doctors 07/07/2023

Nashira Howe, M.D., an Adult Neurology intern, shared during VCU’s Walk the Walk, how a focus on wellness has helped during this time of transition.

Wellness session highlights self-care techniques for new doctors For first-year residents, VCU’s Walk the Walk orientation promotes mindfulness during this time of transition.

VCU’s Neurosciences Ranked #33 in latest U.S. News and World Report for Best Children’s Hospital 06/28/2023

VCU’s Neurosciences Ranked #33 in latest U.S. News and World Report for Best Children’s Hospital. CONGRATULATIONS to our pediatric neuro team!

VCU’s Neurosciences Ranked #33 in latest U.S. News and World Report for Best Children’s Hospital Pediatric neurology and neurosurgery at VCU ranked #33 in the country in the latest edition of U.S. News and World Report for Best Children’s Hospitals, which marks a significant milestone for the University’s Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery and demonstrates their dedication to excelle...

Facing the High Cost of Prescription Drugs 06/21/2023

VCU's Department of Neurology Chair, Gordon Smith, MD, FAAN, discusses the high cost of prescription drugs in a recent article for
Brain & Life Magazine.

Facing the High Cost of Prescription Drugs Many people are reluctant to talk about their financial limitations, perhaps out of embarrassment, although their medical conditions could get worse if they don't fill their prescriptions or they avoid doctor visits or ration medication to save money. Dr. Smith encourages patients to speak openly an...

05/10/2023

Neurology professor and ALS Clinic Director, Kelly Gwathmey, MD receives the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, Inc.'s 'Ambassador of the Year' award during the 2023 MGFA National Patient Conference in New Orleans.

Congratulations Dr. Gwathmey!🎉

Read more: https://myasthenia.org/Events/2023-mgfa-national-patient-conference

Photos from VCU Neurology Department's post 03/27/2023

Our neurology residents went behind the scenes today for a tour of the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU's tower today! Looking forward to serving our youngest patients. 🩺💛🖤

03/17/2023

We are thrilled to announce the newest members of our VCU Neurology family! A huge congratulations to our new intern class, we cannot wait for you to join us!

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