In addition to being a tertiary care center where interesting cases are sent from around the state and country, Duke University Hospital serves as a community hospital for Durham and the surrounding region. The volume and diversity of the patients that come through our inpatient wards and outpatient clinics insure that every resident has ample opportunity to gain expertise in all aspects of neurology.
The Duke Neurology Residency Program recognizes that diversity is a necessary component of its mission of world-class patient care, education, and research. Our program is committed to building and maintaining a diverse and inclusive community where all members thrive in a welcoming and engaging environment. Read more about our diversity and inclusion efforts across the Department here.
Shivani Shah, DO, has been interested in the brain for as long as she can remember. Shah recently joined our Department for her Junior Assistant Residency (JAR) year of training with adult patients before completing her child neurology training.
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.
Tasnim Mushannen, MD, first found her passion for neuroscience in middle school, when she wrote a hand-written, 10-page paper on the brain and nervous system. This passion, combined with a desire to connect with her patients, led her to pursue a career in neurology, and she is now finishing her first internal medicine year of her residency at the Duke University School of Medicine.
This March, members of our Department contributed to studies that reveal potential new therapeutic targets for Alzheimer’s disease, help triage patients suffering from traumatic brain injury, address issues contributing to physician burnout, and more. In all, our faculty, staff, students, and trainees contributed to 15 studies published over the past 31 days. Read about them and find links to the original articles below.
Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders
Amanda Currie’s love of the brain started in high school and has only grown since. Now in her third year of her neurology residency, Currie is seeing patients across our hospital and clinic system, mentoring second-year residents, and exploring interests in deep brain stimulation and movement disorders. For this week’s “Spotlight” interview, Currie talks to us about learning from (and connecting with) patients, the joys of her current year, and enjoying music, travel, and hiking when she’s not at Duke.
Even as Alzheimer’s disease and dementias grow as a national health crisis, there remains a shortage of clinicians willing to treat people with these conditions as well as to perform the necessary clinical research to improve how we treat dementias and mitigate their effects. Fortunately, our second-year resident and a recent recipient of a R38 CARiNG-StARR award, Deborah Rose, MD, will be taking on both of these roles during her training.
Lara Wadi, MD, first became interested in neurology during her first year of medical school, where she was both fascinated by her neuroscience courses and appreciated their clinical applications. Later, she volunteered in a nursing home in Lebanon, where she developed humbling relationships with individuals with diagnosis as well as her own interests in translational research. Now, she’s a Senior Assistant Resident at the Duke Neurology Department, where she’s refining her interest in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy.
Tanziyah Muqeem, MD, PhD, has had a lifelong passion for the brain and neuroscience that has grown over time. She studied communication between neurons as an undergraduate, and then further focused her studies in that area for her doctorate in neuroscience. Now, she’s a second-year resident in the Duke Neurology Department, where she’s practicing her neurology exam in her clinical work and refining her scientific skills in the lab of Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD.
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has moved its annual meeting to a virtual setting this year, but its offerings of the latest education and scientific programming continue. This year, members of the Duke Neurology Department collaborated with their colleagues at Duke and with other academic institutions to advance our understanding of neuro-oncology, myasthenia gravis, ALS, and other fields and disciplines.
Ryan Ghusayni, MD, has been fascinated by neurology since he was a medical student, when he saw how neurologists could pinpoint the location of lesions causing an ailment, and then use that knowledge to improve the lives of patients living with neurological conditions. Now, in his third year of his residency at Duke, he’s building his own clinical knowledge and expertise with the hopes of a career helping patients with complex neuromuscular conditions.