Dr. URVI DESAI
Q: TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:
I am a board certified neurologist with added board certification in neuromuscular disorders and EMG. I see patients across different age groups with varied neuromuscular disorders, be it genetic, autoimmune, inflammatory or degenerative. I direct a large comprehensive multidisciplinary neuromuscular clinic at Atrium health supported by an AANEM accredited EMG lab. I love to read, listen to Indian classical music and travel the world with my husband. I have a daughter who lives in New York City.
Q: WHY IS CMT YOUR PASSION?
CMT can affect patients since their younger years and can have a significant impact on quality of life caused by weakness, numbness, imbalance and neuropathic pain. Many patients suffer disabilities that can affect them profoundly. The genetics of CMT is also quite complex and yet there is no treatment available for this disease. However, there is more research going on to find a cure and to understand the pathophysiology of this disorder. I have been involved in clinical trials in CMT patients and am looking forward to offering more options to our CMT patient population. I am honored that our clinic is recognized as an HNF Center of Excellence.
Q: TELL US WHAT PATIENTS WILL EXPERIENCE WHEN THEY COME TO YOUR CENTER?
We provide a large multidisciplinary clinic comprised of neurologists, physiatrists, nutritionists, social workers and physical, occupational, respiratory and speech therapists. The clinic also helps to coordinate services of equipment specialists for repair and delivery of assistive devices. In addition to that, we work closely with other specialties like cardiology, pulmonary and genetics. The clinic aims at providing appropriate care for our CMT patients in a wide-ranging multidisciplinary fashion and also offers options to participate in clinical trials and research.
Q: WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR PRACTICE?
I love the ability to provide advanced care to my patients in our multidisciplinary clinic. In addition to that, patients also have access to participation in clinical trials and research activities. There has been significant progress in diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders like CMT in the last few years and I love to be at the forefront of this advancement to be able to help my patients.
Atrium Health Neurosciences Institute-Charlotte
1010 Edgehill Road North
Charlotte, NC 28207
The phone number for appointments is 704-446-1900. Ashley Clyburn is our incoming referrals coordinator and referrals can be faxed to 704-355-5650