The Neurotransmitters: Clinical Neurology Education

The Neurotransmitters: Clinical Neurology Education

A podcast about everything neurology! Join us and learn more about common clinical scenarios, the newest studies, challenging clinical cases, and more. Reach out online! You can find me on Twitter @DrKentris or send an email to


November 13, 2023 57 mins

Do you often forget that the peripheral nervous system is a part of neurology? Our guest, Dr. Anishee Undavia, a seasoned neuromuscular neurologist, shines a spotlight on this enigmatic field, unraveling the complexities of diseases affecting these nerves, by dividing them into "neuromuscular buckets". 

Tune in to hear how her personal journey through the fellowship program peeled back the layers of neuromuscular...

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Have you ever felt a pins and needles sensation that won't go away, or experienced unexplained burning or fatigue? These are just a few symptoms of neuropathy, a complex condition that affects many people worldwide. Today, we're fortunate to have Linda Petiot, president of the Calgary Neuropathy Association and a patient advocate living with Charcot-Marie Tooth Disease (CMT), a form of peripheral neuropathy, to guide us t...

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Dr. Nupur Goel joins us to talk about her journey from undergraduate education to the Massachusetts General Hospital neurology residency program. 

We talk about the importance of creating opportunities for yourself and the power of leveraging platforms in social media to build relationships as well as creating an impact. 

You can find Nupur's podcast "Neurophilia" at https://neurophiliapod.buzzsprou...

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June 22, 2023 39 mins

On this episode of The Neurotransmitters, host Dr. Michael Kentris interviews Dr. Jamie Wright about hydrocephalus, a condition that affects the brain. Dr. Wright shares her personal story of being born with the condition and her journey to becoming a doctor. 

They discuss the two main treatment options for hydrocephalus, the shunt and endoscopic third ventriculostomy procedures. Dr. Wright also advocates for patients to h...

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Many times neurologists are called to evaluate people who aren't waking up after a cardiac arrest.  There are guidelines which help guide the medical field with respect to neurologic prognosis. But what happens to those patients who survive once they leave the hospital? 

Dr. Samantha Fernandez shares her unique perspective as both a survivor of a cardiac arrest and as a neurologist and talks about her experience and w...

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April 11, 2023 41 mins

Come and learn more about apheresis with me! Lori Harada, an experienced nurse trainer for apheresis talks about some of the many applications of this procedure and how it differs from dialysis. 

Check out apheresis guidelines at The American Society for Apheresis

Find out more about Lori's company at

Contact Lori by email at Lori.h...

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March 31, 2023 11 mins

Welcome back to the Neurotransmitters! Today we are talking about spinal cord anatomy. When should you be thinking about a myelopathy (or spinal cord lesion)? Isn't spinal cord anatomy complicated? Join in as we take a lean and practical look at what you need to know to localize clinically!

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The multi-talented Kristin Beale (author, marathoner, fencer, and more) joins me to talk about life after a spinal cord injury (SCI). She discusses her journey, how her life has changed, and common misperceptions people have about those who are living with SCI. 

You can find Kristin's website at

Her blog posts at the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation at https://www.christop...

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March 13, 2023 14 mins

It's back to basics this week with an overview of brainstem anatomy! While the brainstem is a complicated area of the nervous system some key principles can help it to be remembered more easily!

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Join me as I have a discussion about Functional Neurologic Disorders with FND Life , the host of "Talking it out about..." where she discusses her life with FND. In this episode we discuss how her symptoms began, what her diagnostic journey looked like, and the treatments that have helped her the most. 

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December 23, 2022 18 mins

Stiff person syndrome (SPS) is a relatively rare neurologic disorder that often causes disabling muscle spasms. After Celine Dion recently announced she was diagnosed with SPS it has received significant attention in the news. What do you need to know to answer your patients' questions about this syndrome and to potentially identify it yourself? Today we'll talk about the common symptoms, diagnostic tests, and treatments ...

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November 17, 2022 26 mins

Today let's talk a little about some considerations for the patient presenting with an acute ischemic stroke.  I've got a couple of references for you below as well!

Guidelines for the Early Management of Patients With Acute Ischemic Stroke: 2019 Update

The Code Stroke Handbook: Approach to the Acute Stroke Patient

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October 17, 2022 14 mins

Today we talk about a common issue in hospital neurology. Is it a stroke? There are many things that can mimic a stroke, and vice versa. These stroke "chameleons" can be diagnostically challenging so it's important to keep on alert for signs and symptoms that don't fit the script!


Distinguishing Between Stroke and Mimic at the Bedside: The Brain Attack Study
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October 10, 2022 42 mins

I'm joined in this episode by Dr. Miesty Woodburn, a neurologist with training in concussion in athletes. We discuss the signs and symptoms of concussion as well as general principles of how to manage symptoms of concussion. 

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If anyone wishes to get in touch with Dr. Woodburn please reach out to me via the above contact...

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Dr. Bilal Butt, a neuro-critical care physician, joins us to discuss the diagnosis and management of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhages. Learn common presenting features and complications that may arise during hospitalization.

You can reach Dr. Butt by email at:
University of Maryland Website:

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Zachary Grin, a doctor of physical therapy, joins me to discuss what kinds of physical therapy treatments are available for those dealing with functional neurologic disorders or FND (functional movements/gait/seizures/etc.) and how those differ from more "traditional" approaches to physical therapy.

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On Twitter: @ZacharyGrinDPT

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Dr. Ethan Meltzer joins me to discuss his new book "How to Think Like a Neurologist," his thoughts on neurology education, and other musings on neurology.

Find his excellent new book  "How to Think Like a Neurologist" here:

Find the artist for the cover art here:

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August 8, 2022 40 mins

Join me as I discuss the thought process that goes in to choosing an anti-seizure medication with epileptologist Dr. Rohit Marawar! He gives us some excellent advice in particular regarding anti-seizure medication in the older population. 

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June 13, 2022 9 mins

Developing facial weakness can be very disturbing. Is it a stroke, an infection, something else?!

Justin Bieber reports he was recently diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome. What is it and how is it different than Bell's palsy? Tune in and find out!

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May 27, 2022 37 secs

 A podcast about everything neurology! Join us and learn more about common clinical scenarios, the newest studies, challenging clinical cases, and more. Reach out online! You can find me on Twitter @DrKentris or send an email to 


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