The TMA is joined by Dr. Nicholas L. Zalewski from Mayo Clinic and Dr. Olwen Murphy from Johns Hopkins University to help our listeners better understand spinal cord strokes and other vascular myelopathies. Definitions of spinal cord stroke and vascular myelopathy were given. The experts explained the similarities and differences of spinal cord stroke and transverse myelitis. Signs and symptoms of spinal cord stroke were discussed, as well as diagnostic criteria and treatment. The experts also discussed long-term symptom management and prognosis of individuals diagnosed with spinal cord stroke, as well as the importance of rehabilitation.
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Nicholas L. Zalewski, MD
Nicholas (Nick) L. Zalewski, M.D., is a specialist in Neurology and Neurohospital Medicine. His clinical focus includes expertise in management of multiple sclerosis, autoimmune neurology, and rare spinal cord disease. In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Zalewski is active in research and education. Dr. Zalewski’s primary approach to research is investigating clinical and radiographic findings that help improve the accurate diagnosis and optimal treatment for patients. He possesses a strong research interest in challenging myelopathies, transverse myelitis, vascular myelopathies, atypical demyelinating disease, autoimmune neurology, paraneoplastic neurological diseases, and neuroimaging. He has published in several high-impact journals including JAMA Neurology, Neurology, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry.
Olwen Murphy, MB, BCH, MRCP
James T. Lubin Fellow, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Murphy received her medical degree from University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland and completed a neurology residency at The Royal College of Physicians in Ireland. She is a James T. Lubin Fellow at The Johns Hopkins Transverse Myelitis Center (JHTMC) in Baltimore, MD, under the mentorship of Dr. Carlos Pardo-Villamizar. Dr. Murphy’s research is on predicting outcomes after a diagnosis of a transverse myelitis using current imaging techniques and spinal fluid analysis. The goal of the research project is to identify patterns or biomarkers that can be used in day-to-day clinical practice to identify benefits from therapies and help make better decisions about care.