We have established a system to facilitate a comprehensive assessment that involves not only the neurological evaluation, but other types of consultations in an effort to provide patients with long-term plans for management of all health problems associated with transverse myelitis. These consultations may include specialists in rehabilitation, neuroradiology, neuropsychiatry, neuro-ophthalmology, urology, and spinal neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Kennedy Krieger Institute International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, all of whom have a particular interest in transverse myelitis.
The extended JHTMC health care team includes:
Dr Robert Samuel Mayer, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, is the Medical Director of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Service at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He provides consultation and expertise in the management of the acute stages of transverse myelitis while patients are admitted for diagnosis and treatment of acute TM. He additionally offers expertise in management of pain and spasticity on an outpatient basis.
Dr Kathleen Zackowski, PhD, is a faculty member at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins Department of Rehabilitation. She specializes in assessment of gait disorders and provides patients coming the JHTMC with her expertise and guidance for improvement of daily motor function.
Dr Frank S. Pidcock, MD, Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation and a research scientist at Kennedy Krieger Institute and also Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, provides expertise and has been a longstanding consultant to the JHTMC and TMA.
Dr Adam Kaplin, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, established the Neuropsychiatry clinic for TM and MS Centers. His pioneering work has continued to be one of the most important parts of the JHTMC. Dr Kaplin focuses on the assessment and treatment of issues related to depression in patients affected by transverse myelitis.
Dr Prem Subramanian, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, a neuro-ophthalmologist at the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins Hospital, has expertise on retinal and optic nerve problems associated with multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis and neuromyelitis optica (NMO), and provides consultation and assessment of visual problems in patients with TM or NMO.
Dr Philipe Gailloud, Associate Professor of Radiology, an interventional neuroradiologist, provides a unique expert evaluation of patients suspected to have vascular abnormalities associated with the development of myelopathies and transverse myelitis, such as arteriovenous fistulas and vascular malformations. As an interventional neuroradiologist, he provides treatment for vascular abnormalities that produce spinal cord dysfunction.
Dr Izlem Izbudak, Assistant Professor of Radiology focuses on neuroradiological assessment of pediatric myelopathies and research studies of neuroimaging of spinal cord disorders.
Dr Jean-Paul Wolinsky, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, a spine neurosurgeon at the Department of Neurosurgery and Spine Center at Hopkins provides important consultation expertise on issues related with spine disorders that mimic transverse myelitis or produce spinal cord dysfunction.
Dr Edward James Wright, Associate Professor in the Department of Urology, provides most needed expertise on assessment and treatment of the bladder and urological problems which patients with transverse myelitis frequently experience.
Learn more about our core team members.