Message from the Chair

Dr. David KaufmanWelcome to Michigan State University's Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology Web Page! We are delighted to share what our Department has to offer.

As a unit, our faculty are involved in creating an environment at Michigan State University that allows for robust clinical and basic neuroscience research opportunity, vibrant educational programs in both Neurology and Ophthalmology, outstanding clinical services in all the major disciplines of Neurology and outreach throughout Michigan and beyond.

Within Neurology here at MSU, we understand we have been given the opportunity to create educational programs that enrich our busy clinical and research programs.  Our teaching programs enrich our faculty experience through active communication with our students, graduate students, residents and fellows.  These interactions are among the most prized experiences for both the student and the mentor.  For that reason, this Department is focused on the development and success of our residency and fellowship graduates.  

 

2020 MSU/Sparrow Neurology Residents and Program Directors

The residency now includes 5 positions a year during a four year program. We receive over 700 applications for these positions annually. Decisions on who to accept are challenging and typically very difficult given the quality of applicants. The training is intense and occurs within the Lansing community at Sparrow Health Systems, McLaren Greater Lansing and in East Lansing on the campus of Michigan State. The college atmosphere in East Lansing and the capital city feel of Lansing allow for tremendous social opportunities to complement this training.  In addition, adjunct faculty from Neuro-Radiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sports Medicine, Neuropathology, Neurosurgery and similar disciplines also participate to allow for a well-rounded graduate. 

Clinically, the department houses essentially all of the major subspecialty clinics.  These active clinics on the campus at MSU allow for a well-rounded outpatient learning opportunity. ACGME fellowships in stroke, neuro-electrophysiology (EEG and EMG) and epilepsy, as well as neuro-intervention, neuro-epidemiology, visual electrophysiology and neuro-ophthalmology are also available.

In addition to these East Lansing and Lansing based educational programs, the Department also participates in the statewide training of MSU's affiliated residency programs in Ophthalmology. These programs are integrated into clinical sites and hospitals around the state. Hence the designation, MSU Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology.

The current research portfolio within the Department includes NIH and other federally funded grants as well as pharmaceutical grants and contracts. There is also researchPhoto of three residents (l-r) Luke Salbert, M.D., Shana Radomski, D.O., and Brandon Francis, M.D. being conducted in sub-Saharan Africa by Department faculty in a variety of roles.

On campus there are major research themes in Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, muscle disease, headache, Alzheimer's and especially epilepsy.  Another important core element of the Department is its stroke and neuro-intervention clinical and research work, done in collaboration with our affiliated Lansing hospitals, especially Sparrow. The Department of Neurology at MSU and Sparrow is one of very few in the United States that offers neuro-intervention training to neurologists.  This unit is involved with the study of various neuro-intervention devices used to retrieve clots to stop strokes from occurring.  The Department has a strong unit in neuro-ophthalmology using the visual system as a simplified model for CNS disorders. 

The combined talents of dozens of MSU faculty, residents, fellows and staff are working together to provide the best clinical, educational and research opportunity for the people of the State of Michigan and well beyond. If we can be of help to you, please contact us at any time. 


Once again, welcome to the Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology!

David Kaufman, D.O. 
Chairperson 
Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology 
Michigan State University

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