Medical Education

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The provision of clinical care in the Department of Neurology provides an opportunity for vertical integration into student education in the baccalaureate-medical degree program at the UMKC School of Medicine. The goal is to have neurology faculty engaged with the Docent Units early in the medical education process with continued exposure in basic neuroscience and in clinical neurology rotations. Refer to the UMKC School of Medicine website for additional detail.

 

Basic Science Courses

Neurology clinical faculty are actively engaged in teaching Clinical Skills in Neurology, and co-direct the Medical Neuroscience course in Year 3.

  • Clinical Skills Course – Neurology clinical faculty provide lectures on the Neurology Examination, including: The Mental Status Examination in Neurology (Lecture 1), and the Elemental Examination in Neurology (Lecture 2). Our Neurology clinical faculty supervise medical students in the Neurology workshops that are designed to provide direct clinical supervision of the neurological examination in a small group setting.
  • Medical Neuroscience Course – Dr. Jennifer Bickel, Associate Professor of Neurology at Children’s Mercy Hospital, is Director of the Medical Neuroscience course. Dr. Kawano and Dr. Gratton also give course lectures.

This course is designed to provide students with detailed knowledge of neuroscience as it relates to the clinical setting. The basic anatomy of the central and peripheral nervous system is covered. This information is integrated into clinical cases that reinforce knowledge and prepare students for clinical rotations in neurology.

 

Neurology Elective Rotations – Years 3, 4, 5, & 6

We offer several elective rotations in Neurology. Dr. Donohoe supervises medical students in these rotations. Rotations are listed below with a brief description. Additional information can be found on the UMKC School of Medicine website.

  • Neurology Clinical Clerkship – Elective Rotation: this clerkship is approved for students in Years 3-6. Medical students will rotate on both the inpatient consultation service and will participate in the neurology multi-specialty clinic at Truman Medical Center – Hospital Hill. Medical students will be part of the “team” that includes resident physicians and other allied health professionals working under the direction of the Neurology clinical faculty.
  • Neurology Research Course – Elective Rotation: this research rotation was developed for medical students interested in patient-oriented research in clinical neuroscience. Our faculty members are engaged in a variety of research projects and have diverse backgrounds and subspecialty areas of expertise. Information on our faculty can be found in Biographical Sketches in the faculty section of this webpage. Dr. Donohoe works closely with students interested in Neurology research, will help to individually structure this experience, and “mentor” students. Depending on the time-commitment and the level of interest, medical students should be able to co-author a paper with one of our faculty members. The Department also has research faculty members that can “mentor” students. Refer to the Research section of our Department website for additional information.

 

Rotating Resident Medical Education

The Department provides resident education to clinicians in the following areas:

  • Psychiatry Resident Physicians – UMKC Psychiatry residents participate in clinical neurology services in the Center for Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience at Truman Medical Center – Hospital Hill. These resident physicians are supervised by our Neurology Clinical faculty and participate both in-patient and out-patient care. Residents are supervised by Dr. Gratton.
  • Internal Medicine Resident Physicians – UMKC Internal Medicine resident physicians rotate at Research Medical Center, where they were supervised by Dr. Ahmed, and rotate at Truman Medical Center – Hospital Hill, where they are supervised by Dr. Gratton.
  • Family Medicine Resident Physicians – UMKC Family Medicine resident physicians rotate on the Neurology clinical service at Truman Medical Center – Hospital Hill. These resident physicians are supervised by Dr. Donohoe.
  • Clinical Pharmacology Residents/Fellows in Psychiatry – PharmD clinical Neuropsychiatry Pharmacology Fellow rotates in clinical neurology at Truman Medical Center – Hospital Hill. This fellow is supervised by Dr. Donohoe.

Resident physicians are evaluated in six focus areas that include: (1) Patient care and procedural skills, (2) Medical knowledge, (3) Practice-based learning and improvement, (4) Interpersonal and communication skills, (5) Professionalism, and (6) Systems-based practice.

At the beginning of the clinical rotation resident physicians are oriented to the clinical service and learn about the competency-based goals and objectives. Regularly scheduled didactic sessions are included in this rotation including: case conferences, resident seminar, neuro-radiology case conference, and a journal club.

Resident physicians and fellows must provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.

Residents must be able to competently perform the neurological examination and will learn to manage patients with complex neurological problems. Residents will be directly supervised by the Neurology Clinical faculty.

Faculty & Staff

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Administration - Faculty
Charles Donohoe, M.D.

Professor, Department Chair
Department(s) of Neurology
Truman Medical Center - Lakewood

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Neuroimaging, Neuroimmunology, Neurorehabilitation, Neurology

Donohoe, Charles
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Sean M. Gratton, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Residency Program Director
Department(s) of Neurology, Ophthalmology
Truman Medical Center - UMKC Health Sciences District, Vision Research Center

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Resident Medical Education, Neuro-Ophthalmology

Gratton, Sean M.
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Faculty
Iftekhar Ahmed, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Research Medical Center

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Cerebrovascular Diseases

Ahmed, Iftekhar
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Tyler Allison, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Neuroimmunology

Allison, Tyler
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P. Becky Anprasertporn, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Saint Luke's Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Movement disorders

Anprasertporn, P. Becky
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Mirza Waseem M. Baig, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Epilepsy

Baig, Mirza Waseem M.
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Christine M. Boutwell, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor, Interim Co-Director Saint Luke's Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute, Interim Chair Department of Neurology
Department(s) of Neurology
Section: Vascular Neurology, Subspecialty boarded in Vascular Neurology
Saint Luke's Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Neurology, Vascular Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke

Boutwell, Christine M.
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Kyle G. Carpenter, D.O.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Research Medical Center
Carpenter, Kyle G.
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Cynthia Costa, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Research Medical Center

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Vascular Neurology

Costa, Cynthia
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Susanne C. Crandall, D.O.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Saint Luke's Hospital
Crandall, Susanne C.
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John E. Croom, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Saint Luke's Hospital
Croom, John E.
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Jennifer Dilts, D.O.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Headaches

Dilts, Jennifer
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Anna E. Esparham, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Headaches

Esparham, Anna E.
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Ronald K. Fields, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Saint Luke's Hospital
Fields, Ronald K.
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Keely M. Fitzgerald, D.O.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Neurofibromatosis

Fitzgerald, Keely M.
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Rose N. Gelineau-Morel, M.D.

Assistant Program Director (Child Neurology), Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Movement disorders

Gelineau-Morel, Rose N.
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Marcie J. Goeden, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Stroke, Neuro-ICU, Neurohospitalist

Goeden, Marcie J.
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Ara S. Hall, M.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Neuro-NICU, Epilepsy

Hall, Ara S.
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Matthew Hastings, M.D.

Clinical Asssistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Section: Neuromuscular
Saint Luke's Hospital
Hastings, Matthew
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Donald Hopewell, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Truman Medical Center - UMKC Health Sciences District

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Hopewell, Donald
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Mohammed Ilyas, M.D.

Program Director (Epilepsy Fellowship), Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Epilepsy

Ilyas, Mohammed
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Robert W. Jensen, M.D., J.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Truman Medical Center - UMKC Health Sciences District

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Neuro-Ophthalmology, Neuro-otology

Jensen, Robert W.
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Amandeep Kalra, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Research Medical Center

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Neuro-oncology

Kalra, Amandeep
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Karl N. Knights, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Saint Luke's Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Movement disorders

Knights, Karl N.
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Shannon E. Kohake, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Research Medical Center

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Vascular Neurology

Kohake, Shannon E.
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Ashish Kulhari, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Research Medical Center

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Vascular Neurology, Neurocritical care, Endovascular Neurosurgery

Kulhari, Ashish
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Rola Abdelrahman Mostafa Mahmoud, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Internal Medicine, Neurology
Section: Hepatology
Saint Luke's Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Multiple Sclerosis, Neuroimmunology, Headaches, Stroke, Seizures

Mahmoud, Rola Abdelrahman Mostafa
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Karin E. Olds, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Saint Luke's Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Vascular Neurology, Neurology

Olds, Karin E.
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John J. Sand, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Research Medical Center

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Clinical Neurophysiology, Neuromuscular Disease, Intraoperative monitoring

Sand, John J.
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Michael J. Schwartzman, D.O.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Saint Luke's Hospital
Schwartzman, Michael J.
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Susan Manning Sifers, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Associate Residency Program Director
Department(s) of Neurology
Saint Luke's Hospital
Sifers, Susan Manning
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Lines M. Vargas Collado, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Department(s) of Pediatrics
Children's Mercy Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Epilepsy

Vargas Collado, Lines M.
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Binod Wagle

Associate Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Truman Medical Center - UMKC Health Sciences District
Wagle, Binod
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Staff
Terry Borghardt

Assistant to the Chair, Residency Coordinator
Neurology
Truman Medical Centers
Borghardt, Terry
Reagan Byers

Patient Account Representative
Neurology
Truman Medical Centers
Byers, Reagan
Jannette Callora

Neurology Clinic Nurse
Neurology
Callora, Jannette

 

Department of Neurology

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Chair Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Neurology!

The Department of Neurology was created to advance clinical, educational, and research activities in neurology at the UMKC School of Medicine.

The department, including our recently approved adult neurology residency program, is the beneficiary of a truly diverse clinical experience and exposure to a wide variety of neurologic disorders at Truman Medical Center (TMC) and at our major affiliated sites: Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute, the Department of Child Neurology at the Children’s Mercy Hospital, the Center for Behavioral Health, and the Neuroscience Institute at Research Medical Center.

Our first priority is to provide state-of-the-art neurological care to all of our patients, whether we are treating individuals with highly complex conditions or less complicated clinical problems. Our clinical care encompasses all neurological diseases, including disorders of the brain, such as stroke, seizures, traumatic brain injury, tumors, multiple sclerosis, migraine, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease; disorders of the spine/spinal cord, muscles, neuro-muscular junction, spinal-peripheral nerves, such as neuropathy, myopathy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and myasthenia gravis; infectious diseases of the nervous system; genetic and paroxysmal disorders.

As part of an academic medical center, our neurologists stay abreast of the latest research, diagnosis, and treatment science in the wide scope of neurological diseases. This commitment, which includes collaborating with our affiliated hospitals to create continuing medical education courses, makes us particularly adept in distinguishing between different conditions and offering the very best care to our patients. It also provides a unique environment for educating the next generation of neurologists and allied health professionals.

Neurology is an exciting field that is experiencing rapid advancement in both the basic understanding and treatment of many devastating diseases. Our department in conjunction with our clinical partners is positioned to provide the practical benefits of these advances directly to the community that we serve.

I hope you enjoy learning about Neurology at UMKC!

Charles Donohoe, MD
Chair, Department of Neurology

Vision

The vision is to advance the health care of patients with neurological diseases, to improve medical education and foster academic neuroscience, including research, in the state of Missouri.

Mission

The department’s mission is to provide exceptional clinical care for patients with neurological disorders and to provide the basic and clinical neuroscience education for the next generation of physicians.