Hani Kushlaf, MD, is one of the newest members of the Department of Neurology, arriving in September and focusing on neuromuscular disorders as a UC Health neurologist. A graduate of the University of Tripoli School of Medicine in Libya, he served his residency at University of Kentucky Medical Center, where he was chief neurology resident, followed by fellowships at Mayo Clinic and Duke University Medical Center. Here he talks about his dual interests in neurology and pathology, plus the possibility of seeing double at family reunions.
What attracted you to UC?
First and most important is the leadership and motivation of the departmentís chair (Joseph Broderick, MD), which should have a strong impact on junior faculty development. Second, the existing neuromuscular faculty and their commitment to improving patient services. Third, I could see myself bringing in expertise that was not available at UC including nerve and muscle ultrasound, single fiber EMG and the ability to interpret nerve and muscle pathology. Finally, Cincinnati is a great place to live and so far my interactions with everybody at UC have been outstanding.
What drew you into neurology, and particularly neuromuscular disorders?
I decided to become a neurologist when I was in medical school. I was impressed with the complexity of the neurologic examination and the methods used to arrive at a diagnosis. Because I like to be challenged, I chose to pursue neuromuscular disorders during my residency.
What is your current research focus?
My last research project before joining UC focused on peripheral nerve ultrasound in patients with inherited and inflammatory neuropathies. I plan to continue my research in several neuromuscular disorders as time goes on.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy playing soccer and have already joined an indoor league in Cincinnati. On vacations, I like to travel and visit family in Libya, Germany, England and United Arab Emirates.
Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people.
Most people I work with donít know I have an identical twin brotheróand when I tell them so, they will not believe it.