Cleopatra Thurman

Sparrow Hospital/MSU Neurology Resident



I was born and raised in Zambia, a country in South Central Africa. I speak a Bantu language called Bemba. I am the youngest of six children. I came to America in honor of my late fathers dreams. His measure of success was to educate his children and give them an opportunity to see the world he had never seen. I completed medical school at Michigan State University and have degrees in Molecular Biotechnology and Clinical Laboratory Science. I met my loving husband in 2003, we have 3 amazing children Bupe (meaning gift), Kenneth and Timothy and currently reside in Holt. 


Holt, Michigan/Lusaka, Zambia

Why did you choose to become part of Michigan State University Neurology?

Excellent academic faculty with an emphasis of on clinical neurology. Large patient population with a wide variety of neurological pathologies. International neurology affiliation (global neurology opportunity). Residents are welcoming and friendly, easy but extremely hardworking.

If you were not a doctor, what would you have chosen as a career?

Hard to say: This feels like what I have wanted to be for a long time.

Extracurricular interests and activities:

Volleyball, swimming, biking, soccer, reading

Education and Professional Positions: 
LCC- Asc. Molecular Biotechnology, 2006
MSU- Bsc. Clinical Laboratory Science, 2010
Resident Location
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Clinical Interests
Clinical Interests: 

Epilepsy/Neuromuscular/NeuroCritical Care

Contact Info.

Clinical Center
804 Service Road
Room: A217
East Lansing
Office Phone: (517) 432-9277
Clinic Phone: (517) 353-8122

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