Michelle Kvalsund

Michelle Kvalsund
Assistant Professor




Dr. Kvalsund is a global health neurologist with special interest in the neurological manifestations of infectious and tropical diseases. She completed her neurology residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in June 2013 and returns to her alma mater as a clinical instructor and neuro-epidemiology fellow in the MSU International Neurologic & Psychiatric Epidemiology Program. She divides her time between East Lansing and Zambia, where she conducts research on distal symmetric polyneuropathies and serves as an honorary lecturer within the University of Zambia School of Medicine.



Vanderbilt University Department of Neurology James True Martin Award (2013)
American Academy of Neurology Medical Student Prize for Excellence (2009)
Michigan State University Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology Clinical Neuroscience Outstanding Achievement Award; East Lansing, MI (2009)
Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar (2007)
College of Osteopathic Medicine International Health Enrichment Award (2006)
Selected Publications: 
Lima AA, Kvalsund MP, Souza PP, Figueiredo ÍL, Soares AM, Mota RM, Lima NL, Pinkerton RC, Patrick PP, Guerrant RL, Oriá RB. Zinc, vitamin A, and glutamine supplementation in Brazilian shantytown children at risk for diarrhea results in sex-specific improvements in verbal learning. Clinics (Sao Paulo). 2013;68(3):351-8. PubMed PMID: 23644855; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3611743.
Kvalsund MP, Birbeck GL. Epilepsy Care Challenges in Developing Countries. Curr Opin Neurol. 2012 Apr;25(2):179-86. doi: 10.1097/WCO.0b013e328350baf8. Review. PubMed PMID: 22322413.
Mitter SS, Oriá RB, Kvalsund MP, Pamplona P, Joventino ES, Mota RM, Gonçalves DC, Patrick PD, Guerrant RL, Lima AA. Apolipoprotein E4 influences growth and cognitive responses to micronutrient supplementation in shantytown children from northeast Brazil. Clinics (Sao Paulo). 2012;67(1):11-8. PubMed PMID: 22249475; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3248595.
Birbeck GL, Kvalsund MP, Byers PA, Bradbury R, Mang'ombe C, Organek N, Kaile T, Sinyama AM, Sinyangwe SS, Malama K, Malama C. Neuropsychiatric and socioeconomic status impact antiretroviral adherence and mortality in rural Zambia. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2011 Oct;85(4):782-9. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.2011.11-0187. PubMed PMID: 21976587; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3183792.
Kandiah PA, Atadzhanov M, Kvalsund MP, Birbeck GL. Evaluating the Diagnostic Capacity of a Single-question neuropathy screen (SQNS) in HIV positive Zambian adults J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2010 Dec;81(12):1380-1. doi: 10.1136/ jnnp.2009.183210. Epub 2010 Jun 11. PubMed PMID: 20543182.
Lima AA, Soares AM, Lima NL, Mota RM, Maciel BL, Kvalsund MP, Barrett LJ, Fitzgerald RP, Blaner WS, Guerrant RL. Effects of Vitamin A Supplementation on Intestinal Barrier Function, Growth, Total Parasitic, and Specific Giardia spp Infections in Brazilian Children: A Prospective Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Trial. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2010 Mar;50(3):309-15. doi: 10.1097/ MPG.0b013e3181a96489. PubMed PMID: 20038852; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2830290.
Kvalsund MP, Haworth A, Murman DL, Velie E, Birbeck GL. Closing Gaps in ART Access: Screening Instruments for Use by Non-Physician Healthcare Workers. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2009 Jun;80(6):1054-9. PubMed PMID: 19478275.
Birbeck GL, Chomba E, Kvalsund M, Bradbury R, Mang'ombe C, Malama K, Kaile T, Byers PA, Organek N. Antiretroviral adherence in rural Zambia--The first year of treatment availability. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2009 Apr;80(4):669-74. PubMed PMID: 19346397.
Murman DL, Kuo SB, Powell MC, Colenda CC. The impact of parkinsonism on costs of care in patients with AD and dementia with Lewy bodies. Neurology. 2003 Oct 14;61(7):944-9. PubMed PMID: 14557565.
Murman DL, Chen Q, Powell MC, Kuo SB, Bradley CJ, Colenda CC. The incremental direct costs associated with behavioral symptoms in AD. Neurology. 2002 Dec 10;59(11):1721-9. PubMed PMID: 12473759.
Education and Professional Positions: 
B.S., Psychology, Michigan State University 1998
M.S., Epidemiology, Michigan State University 2008
D.O, Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University 2009
Selected Abstracts: 
Kvalsund MP, Tegtmeier JD, Hornbach E, Andary M. Electrical Needle Stimulation for Localization in Rare Median Mononeuropathy of the Forearm. Poster Presentation. American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine Meeting, Honolulu, HI 2015.
Kvalsund MP, Chidumayo C, Hamel J, Heimburger D, Birbeck GL. Prevalence and Comorbid Factors Associated with Distal Symmetric Polyneuropathies in HIV+ and HIVAdults in Urban and Rural Zambia. Poster Presentation. American Academy of Neurology Meeting. Washington, D.C., 2015.
Siame, J, Chisenga M, Kvalsund MP, PrayGod G, Rehman AM, Woodd S, Koethe JR, Heimburger D, Henrik F, Kelly MP, Filteau S. Effect of Nutritional Intervention on Peripheral Neuropathy in Malnourished HIV-infected Adults Starting Antiretroviral Therapy. Oral Presentation. African Nutrition Epidemiology Conference VI. Accra, Ghana; 2015.
Kvalsund MP, Mbewe E, Mulenga J, Atadzhanov M, Haworth A, Chomba E, Birbeck G. Quality Indicators for Epilepsy Care in Zambia: Roadwork for the WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) Guidelines. Poster Presentation. American Academy of Neurology Meeting. New Orleans, LA; 2012.
Kvalsund MP, Pomplona P, Oriá, Soares AM, Most RMS, Fiztgerald RP, Guerrant RL, Lima AAM. Impact of Glutamine, Zinc and Retinol Supplementation on Cognitive Outcomes in Brazilian Children: A Prospective Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial. Poster at World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Iguaçu Falls Brazil; August 2008.
Powell MC, Murman DL, Haworth A, Velie E, Birbeck GL. Assessing Cognitive Impairment in Persons Living with AIDS in Zambia. Platform Presentation at World Federation of Neurology Meeting. Miami, FL; 2005.
Murman DL, Kuo SB, Powell MC, Friderici KA. Genetic variations in serotonin neurotransmission and psychiatric symptoms in Alzheimer's disease. JAOA 2002; 120(8):439.
Academic Appointments
Academic Appointments: 
2016-Present: Assistant Professor, Michigan State University Department of Neurology
2013-Present: Honorary Lecturer, University of Zambia School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
2013-2015: Clinical Instructor, Michigan State University Department of Neurology
Postdoctoral Training
Postdoctoral Training: 
Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship, Michigan State University Department of Neurology/Sparrow Health Systems; Lansing, MI 2015
Neuroepidemiology Fellowship, International Neurologic & Psychiatric Epidemiology Program, Michigan State University Department of Neurology; East Lansing, MI 2014
Residency, Department of Neurology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center 2013
Internship, Department of Internal Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Nashville, TN 2010
Research Interests
Research Interests: 

My clinical and research interests include global health neurology, neurological manifestations of infectious/tropical diseases, and research focused on improvement of neurological care in resource-limited settings.

American Osteopathic Association
American Academy of Neurology
Neuropsychiatric Society of Zambia
American Clinical Neurophysiology Society
American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine
Comprehensive Neurology

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