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Daniel B. Drachman Division of Neuromuscular Medicine

neuromuscular junction, where nerve end splits into several neural end plates on different muscle cells
 

Neuromuscular Medicine at Johns Hopkins comprises a range of clinical care and research facilities and programs, where talented minds collaborate on exploring new avenues in diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders.

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Specialty Centers | Clinical Labs | Team | Conditions We Treat | Division History

 
 

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Johns Hopkins Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship

This 1-year clinical program trains neurologists in neuromuscular disorders. Fellows learn proper diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, perform and read nerve and muscle biopsies, and learn to carry out electrodiagnostic evaluations with nerve conduction studies and electromyography.

 
 

Our Neuromuscular Experts

 
 

Our History

Dr. Jeffery Rothstein

Drs. Jeffery Rothstein and Ralph Kuncl in a lab.

Patient-oriented research has been a central focus of the Neuromuscular Division from the beginning. Dr. Drachman went on to establish a clinical laboratory for neuromuscular pathology, which to this day serves patients and provides important muscle, nerve, and immunological materials for research.

Some of the world’s best minds have come to Johns Hopkins to explore the science, improve diagnosis and transform management of muscular dystrophy, neuropathies and other disabling and life-threatening diseases.

  • The faculty’s interest in immunology has evolved to autoimmune diseases of peripheral nerves, including Guillain-Barre syndrome and identification of its subtypes as well as its treatment by plasmapheresis, with studies by the late Jack Griffin and Guy McKhann.
  • Research in both acquired and inherited neuropathies continues in the laboratories of Ahmet HokeMichael PolydefkisCharlotte Sumner and Thomas Lloyd.
  • The Neuromuscular Division also leads research in ALS started by Ralph Kuncl and Jeffrey Rothstein, later joined by Nicholas MaragakisBrett Morrison and Lyle Ostrow.

Daniel B. Drachman’s original drive and ingenuity are reflected in the division to this day, as the group continues to grow in leadership and international influence.

 
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