Meet Neurologist Dhasakumar Navaratnam, MD, PhD

Meet Neurologist Dhasakumar Navaratnam, MD, PhD


– I work in the Department of Neurology and my interests are in
balance disorders and stroke. It’s amazing what you can pick up just by looking at somebody, just observing and
observing and observing. For example how fast are they
walking, are they stooped, do they have a slight tremor? Does the tremor get worse when they stop? Are they veering to one side? Do they turn their head from side to side? What about their arms and legs? Is there slight assymetry in the amount of movement they have? And even with patients who are returning that often helps me
figure out where they are in terms of what they were before or even if it’s a new patient,
what they have presently. When you intervene and that intervention produces an effect that you want and significantly improves the outcome that would probably be
the most gratifying thing. That their lives are a lot better as a consequence of what you’ve done.

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