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Michael Levy, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Neuromyelitis Optica Clinic
Associate Professor of Neurology
Specializes in: Adults (18+ years), Children (1-11 years), Adolescents (12-18 years)
Languages: English, Hebrew
Expertise: CNS Autoimmune/Inflammatory Disorders, Neurology, Neuromyelitis Optica, Optic Neuritis, Transverse Myelitis
Research Interests: Neuromyelitis Optica; Animal Models; Transverse myelitis; Optic neuritis
My lab is focused on understand the immunopathogenesis of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD), a rare autoimmune neuroinflammatory condition that leads to blindness and paralysis. We have recently developed an animal model of NMOSD using pathogenic T cells directed against the aquaporin-4 water channel in which new diagnostic tests and therapies are being tested for commercial application. In June 2009, I started the Neuromyelitis Optica Clinic (NMO) at Johns Hopkins to focus on the specialized diagnosis and treatment of NMO patients. In addition to clinical care, our center has conducted three investigator-initiated trials and is currently participating in three sponsored trials in NMO.
- Director, Neuromyelitis Optica Clinic
- Associate Professor of Neurology
- MD PhD, Baylor College of Medicine (2004)
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Neurology (2008)
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Neurology (2009)
- American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology / Neurology-General (2008)
Research & Publications
Lab Website: Johns Hopkins Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) Clinic