APP Spotlight: Sarah Mason, PA-C

As a child, Sarah Mason, PA-C, loved listening to the stories her grandfathers, both of whom were doctors, told about their work helping patients. Now as the newest physician assistant in our Kernodle Clinic, Mason is treating a new group of patients with memory loss, headaches, seizures, and other conditions.

Faculty Spotlight: William Powers, MD

William Powers, MD, went to medical school with the intention of being the local doctor of a small New England town. The logical reasoning, intellect, and clinical showmanship of the then-Chair of Neurology Fred Plum got him hooked in neurology, however. Powers hasn't been bored in the five decades since. For this week’s Spotlight interview, Powers talks to us about how neurology has grown as a discipline since he was a resident.

Duke Neurology Research Round Up, July 2022

This June, members of the Duke Neurology Department contributed to 12 new peer-reviewed journal articles as well as two new book chapters. Among other findings these studies uncovered retinal differences that may one day act as early biomarkers for cognitive impairment, population-based studies that will improve treatment for stroke and other conditions, and investigations of hydrogel scaffolds as potential therapies.

Duke Neurology Research Round Up, June 2022

Members of the Duke Neurology Department contributed to 13 new peer-reviewed journal articles this May, advancing our understanding of how viruses that kill cancer cells may be used against brain tumors, the optimal treatments for various types of stroke, the origins of Parkinson’s disease, and more. Read the paragraphs below for summaries of our research from the past 31 days, as well as links to the complete articles themselves.

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Duke Neurology Research Round Up, February 2022

The first month of 2022 saw the publication of 18 new peer-reviewed journal articles from members of the Duke Neurology Department. Highlights include a new article in Lancet Neurology discussing the epidemiology, diagnostics, and  biomarkers of autoimmune neuromuscular junction disorders, case reports describing the progression and treatment options for rare neurological conditions, and a summary of how the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic affects neurology residency programs in the United States.

Faculty Spotlight: Joel Morgenlander, MD

Joel Morgenlander, MD, came to Duke as a neurology resident in 1987 and has stayed here ever since. During this time he has advanced our Department’s mission of neurology education, serving as director of our residency program for years as well as developing a postgraduate residency program in neurology for advanced practice providers (APPs), now in its seventh year. For this week’s Spotlight interview, Morgenlander talks to us about how neurology has changed since he came to Duke, and the joys and challenges of his work. 

Staff Spotlight: Bryan Day

The life of Bryan Day involves balancing two separate roles. From Monday through Friday, Day acts as a staff assistant for the Neurology Department, answering phone and email requests, and helping patients and providers make and keep their schedules. On weekends and evenings, Day heads over to the Clarksville Station restaurant, which he owns and manages. For this week’s Spotlight interview Day talks to us about his work at Duke, the joys and challenges of running a restaurant, and how he uses lists to keep his busy life in order.

Plasma exchange therapy for Guillain-Barré helps woman make a drastic recovery

Over the course of a few days in late September of 2021, Carol Cerase of Lumberton, NC, experienced increasing weakness in her legs, trouble swallowing, and several falls. Doctors at her local hospital couldn’t find the cause, so they reached out to Duke Health’s neurology experts, who diagnosed Cerase with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). Duke’s team recommended plasma exchange therapy to stop the disease’s progression and allow the nerves to heal. “I was lucky I got the treatment so fast,” said Cerase. “I think it saved me.”