Duke Neurology 2019: A year in review (Part 1 of 2)
The last days of 2019 offer the opportunity to review some of the accomplishments and updates from the Duke Department of Neurology. In many ways 2019 was a year of continued growth and success. Duke Neurology and Neurosurgery rose in U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings for the third year in a row, from 46th in 2017 to 23rd in 2019. Members of our Department contributed to more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, advancing the fields of basic, translational, and clinical neuroscience. We also treated more patients, expanded our residency and fellowship programs, and expanded our footprint in the Triangle. But our successes in 2019 go beyond just the numbers. Here are some highlights of the first half of 2019.
- Duke Raleigh Hospital became the first hospital in North Carolina to receive Advanced Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting accrediting body in health care.
- The American Brain Foundation and the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America awarded Shruti Raja, MD, their Clinician-Scientist Development Award for her clinical research relating to myasthenia gravis (MG).
- Transferring stroke patients between hospitals to receive endovascular therapy (EVT) delays treatment and results in poorer health outcomes, a new Circulation study co-authored by Shreyansh Shah, MD, found.
- Duke Neurology residents and advanced practice providers represented our Department at the 2019 North Carolina Neurological Society meeting in Greensboro.
- A PLoS One study by Simon Davis, PhD found that rTMS brain improves working memory for both healthy younger and older adults.
- A quick eye exam might one day allow eye doctors to check up on both your eyeglasses prescription and your brain health, according to a study co-authored by James Burke, MD, PhD, and Cynthia Dunn, PA-C.
- The Duke Translational Symposium in Parkinson’s Disease and Neurodegeneration brought together faculty speakers from nine Departments within the Duke School of Medicine and 11 clinicians and researchers from Duke National University of Singapore (NUS).
- The Duke Alumni Association gave its 2019 Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award to Leonard White, PhD, associate professor of psychology, neuroscience, and neurology.
- More than 50 current and former faculty and trainees celebrate the continuing career of Don Sanders, MD, at the Ritz Carlton in Philadelphia, during the 71st AAN meeting, where more than 20 members of Department led sessions or presented posters
- For International Women's Health Week, members of our faculty discuss how sleep disorders, migraines, and brain tumors affect women at biological, cultural, and historical levels. That series is available online here.
- Aatif Husain, MD, Matthew Luedke, MD, and Mary Guhwe, DNP, FNP-BC graduated from the 2019 Duke Clinical Leadership Program, a six-month curriculum designed to deepen awareness of healthcare operations and develop individual leadership skills.
- Neurology residents Jordan Mayberry, MD, and Andrew “Nate” Ameri, MD, received Appleseed Resident Teaching Awards to honor their exceptional teaching and mentoring to Duke medical students this year.