In the News
Comprehensive sleep medicine services available at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital
Do you have trouble falling asleep? Or maybe you just can't stay asleep? Lack of sleep or poor sleep can trigger a whole host of problems from simple fatigue to weight gain and its resulting medical conditions. Luckily, as part of Brigham and Women's Sleep Medicine and Endocrinology Center, specialists from the Departments of Medicine and Neurology are now offering comprehensive sleep medicine services at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital. Read more.
Finding freedom from headache pain
For more than a decade, Ed Holleran thought nothing could be done for his migraines. When as many as 50 nausea-inducing headaches each month destroyed his focus at home and work, he tried controlling them on his own with over-the-counter pain relievers. After years suffering without meaningful treatment, he finally turned to Brigham and Women's experts for help. Now retired, Holleran has been coming to the John R. Graham Headache Center at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital since 2006. His migraines are down to a few episodes a year. Read more.
CNN interviews Drs. Henri Vaitkevicius and Ali Sultan
NPR interview with Dr. Kirk Daffner
Click here to hear Dr. Daffner's NPR interview about normal cognitive aging, published on January 4, 2016!
Altaf Saadi, MD, published in WBUR's CommonHealth
Read Dr. Altaf Saadi's opinion article titled "American-Muslim Doctor Reflects on Bigotry at Some Top Hospitals, And Beyond", published January 8th, 2016 in WBUR's CommonHealth. Access the article here
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Brigham Neurology Blood Drive
|Thanks to all who donated blood during our 1st Department of Neurology Blood Donor Week! While we didn’t achieve our goal of 200 pints, we successfully collected a total 80 pints of blood during the drive for our BWH patients in need! A special thank you to Caitlin Ryan and Yvonne Alers in our Department for their help and support with organizing this drive with the Kraft Family Donor Center, as well as our teams that helped promote the drive with our patients, families, and employees.|
Awards, Gifts, Publications & Recognition
Page Pennell, MD, and Elizabeth Loder, MD, MPH, named Professor of Neurology at HMS
Page Pennell, MD (left), Martin Samuels, MD (middle) and Elizabeth Loder, MD, MPH (right)
|Congratulations to Drs. Page Pennell and Elizabeth Loder, who were recently named Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. A celebration was held in the Neurology department on Monday, December 21st, where many faculty and staff were present to honor Professor Page Pennell, MD and Professor Elizabeth Loder, MD, MPH. Congratulations to our two new Professors of Neurology!|
Emma Voinescu, MD, receives 2016 Susan S. Spencer Clinical Research Training Fellowship
Dr. Paula E. Voinescu (Emma) has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Susan S. Spencer Clinical Research Training Fellowship. Only one of these awards is given each year and it is co-sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology, the Epilepsy Foundation and the American Epilepsy Society. Congratulations Emma!
Learn more about the Susan S. Spencer Clinical Research Training Fellowship here
Rani Sarkis, MD, presents at Annual American Epilepsy Society 2015 Conference
Congratulations to Rani Sarkis, MD, who shared his findings on the implications of disrupted sleep and the still unclear connection with epileptic seizures at the annual AES conference, held December 4th – 8th, 2015.
More information on Rani’s findings can be found here
Check out the AES website here
Partners in Excellence Awards
Partners in Excellence Awards are given to individuals or teams who go above and beyond the call of duty throughout the year. This award recognizes employees for their creativity, dedication and commitment to excellence. Individuals and teams can be nominated for the following categories: quality treatment and service; leadership and innovation; teamwork; operational efficiency; or outstanding community contributions.
The Neurology Department would like to congratulate the following recipients of the Partners in Excellence Award:
Dr. Page Pennell was awarded the Partners in Excellence Award for leadership and innovation.
Essa Kayd, Chief EMG technologist, was awarded the Partners in Excellence Award for outstanding community service
Heidi Thomas, Administrator in Clinical Research, was awarded the Partners Excellence Award for teamwork.
Congratulations to Dr. Pennell, Essa, and Heidi!
Dr. Dworetzky Honored at Epilepsy Foundation Event
|Barbara Dworetzky, MD, chief of the Division of Epilepsy and director of the Edward B. Bromfield Epilepsy Center, was recently honored by the Epilepsy Foundation of New England for her dedication to supporting the epilepsy community. Congratulations Dr. Dworetzky! To read the full story click here|
Dr. Pennell Recognized with Distinguished Service Award
|Page Pennell, MD, director of Research for the Division of Epilepsy (pictured on left), was recently honored with the American Epilepsy Society’s Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding service in the field of epilepsy. Congratulations Dr. Pennell! Read more here|
Brigham Neurologists named Boston Top Doctors
Congratulations to the following Neurology faculty for being named Boston's Top Doctors in Neurology for 2015 in Boston Magazine:
View the full list of Top Doctors here
Drs. Angela O'Neal and Steve Feske published in Practical Neurology
Congratulations to Drs. Angela O'Neal and Steve Feske for their recent publication "Stroke in pregnancy: A case-oriented review" in Practical Neurology! Read the article here
Welcome to New Faculty
On behalf of Dr. Samuels and the entire leadership of our Department, please join us in welcoming the newest members of the Brigham Neurology faculty:
Dr. Matthew Bevers – Division of Neuro-Critical Care
Dr. Bevers graduated from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, completed his residency at Partners Neurology and completed his critical care fellowship and Partners Neurology. Clinically he’ll be working as part of our Neuro-ICU Intensivist team, and Matt’s research includes imaging based outcomes after stroke.
Dr. Shamik Bhattacharyya – Divisions of Hospital Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurological Infections and Inflammatory Diseases
Dr. Bhattacheria graduated from Johns Hopkins University, completed his residency at Partners Neurology and most recently a Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship at BWH with the MS Division. He is now a key faculty member with clinical and research interest in Neuro-inflammation. He is practicing clinically on the ward service with the Neuro-Hospitalist Division, and in the outpatient arena within Rheumatology @ BWH, our MS Center, and also within the BWFH Spine Center.
Dr. Amar Dhand - Divisions of Hospital Neurology and Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease
Dr. Dhand trained at Dartmouth College, Harvard Medical School, Oxford University, and University of California, San Francisco. He has expertise in general neurology, stroke syndromes, rehabilitation medicine, itch, diagnostic reasoning, and social interactions in medicine. He has built novel patient education tools such as the NeuroBoard, a dry erase map of the brain. His research interests involve social networks and health outcomes in neurology patients. His goal is to understand and harness social networks to improve patients’ lives.
Dr. Ranbir S. Dhillon – Foxboro Neurology
Dr. Dhillon is a community-based General Neurologist who will be working part-time with Brigham Neurology seeing General Neurology patients at our Foxboro campus.
Dr. Claudio Melo De Gusmao – Division of Movement Disorders and Transitional Neurology Program
Dr. De Gusmao graduated from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, and completed his Pediatrics Residency at Instituto de Pediatria Martagao Gestira and Neurology Residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami. He completed a Movement Disorders Fellowship at MGH/BWH (Adult) and Children’s Hospital Boston (Pediatrics).
Claudio is jointly recruitment by BWH Neurology and CHB Neurology within the Divisions of Movement Disorders, and will initiate a new “Transitional Neurology” program. Whereby leading the efforts for transitioning patients from pediatric neurology at CHB to adult neurology at BWH within the sub-specialty areas of Movement Disorders, Epilepsy, and others. Claudio began working with us and Children’s as of September 1st.
Dr. Saef Izzy – Division of Neuro-Critical Care
Dr. Izzy graduated from University of Baghdad College of Medicine; he completed his residency at University of Massachusetts and completed a Critical Care fellowship at Partners Neurology. Clinically, he’ll be working as part of our Neuro-ICU Intensivist team, and Saef’s research interest includes the study of biological markers and patient outcomes after traumatic brain injury.
Dr. Jami H. Johnsen – Divisions of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms and South Shore Neurology
Dr. Johnsen graduated from Boston University School of Medicine, completed her residency at BU School of Medicine, and completed a Sleep Fellowship at BU School of Medicine. Jami will be working mainly in a clinical capacity working between our SSH and BWFH campus holding sleep clinics for our patients. She has an interest in process improvement that has lead to better patient care and clinical outcomes.
Dr. Vikram Khurana – Division of Movement Disorders
Dr. Khurana graduated from the University of Sydney, Australia, completed his Residency with Partners Neurology, and a Movement Disorders Fellowship at MGH/BWH. He will be working clinically at BWH with the Movement Disorders Division, and his research interest lies in basic research focused on stem cell development for the treatment and repair of neurogenerative diseases.
Dr. Christopher Stephen – Performing Arts Program
Dr. Stephen graduated from the University of Aberdeen School of Medicine, completed his Residency at BIDMC. He will be employed by MGH and working part-time as part of our Saturday Performing Arts Clinic led by Dr. Michael Charness and with Martha Neagu, MD.
Dr. Ivana Vodopivec – Divisions of Neuro-Ophthalmology, Neurological Infections and Inflammatory Diseases & Hospital Neurology
Dr. Vodopivec graduated from the University of Zagreb School of Medicine in Croatia, she completed her Residency with Partners Neurology, and completed an Advanced General Neurology Fellowship at MGH and a Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship with MEEI/BWH. She has started as an Attending physician with us as of August 1st.
Clinically, she will be working in the outpatient arena seeing Neuro-Ophthalmology and General Neurology patients, and participating on the inpatient DMD and MAS services providing direct patient care and teaching in the acute Neurology setting.
Ivana’s clinical and academic interests lie in clinical Neuro-Immunology and cross-disciplinary patient-centered care and integration of clinical practices established in rheumatology, infectious diseases, and ophthalmology into neurology and neuro-ophthalmology.
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