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Benjamin Kummer, MD (Neurology)

Dr Kummer is Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), with joint appointment in Digital and Technology Partners (DTP) at the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) as Director of Clinical Informatics in Neurology. As a triple-board certified practicing stroke neurologist and informaticist, he has successfully improved clinical operations at the point of care by acting as a central liaison between clinical neurology faculty and DTP teams to implement targeted EHR configuration changes and workflows, as well as providing subject matter expertise on health information technology projects across MSHS. | Dr Kummer also has several years’ experience building and implementing several informatics tools, presenting scientific posters, and generating a body of peer-reviewed work in “clinical neuro-informatics” – i.e., the intersection of clinical neurology, digital health, and informatics – much of which is centered on digital/tele-health, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. He has spearheaded the Clinical Neuro-Informatics Center in the Department of Neurology at ISMMS, a new research institute that seeks to establish the field of clinical neuro-informatics and disseminate knowledge to the neurological community on the effects and benefits of clinical informatics tools at the point of care.

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Shohei Harase, MD (Neurology)

Dr. Harase spent his junior and senior high school years in Finland and the U.S. After graduating from the University of Washington (Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology), he worked for Apple Japan Inc. before entering the University of the Ryukyus School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital, where he received the Best Resident Award in 2016 and 2017. In 2021, he joined the Department of Cerebrovascular Medicine at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, specializing in hyperacute stroke.

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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder causing excessive daytime drowsiness. The cause is unclear but may involve genetic factors and abnormal nerve cell signaling in the brain. In addition to daytime sleepiness, symptoms include sudden sleep attacks, loss of muscle tone, and, occasionally, hallucinations when awaking from sleep in the the morning.

Symptoms of narcolepsy

  • Episodes of sudden, overwhelming sleepiness in the daytime

  • Headache worsens with insufficient sleep

  • Whole body suddenly goes limp when laughing or with strong emotions

  • Headache worse in the morning

  • I frequently have nightmares.

  • Experiences sleep paralysis frequently

  • Concentration is getting worse

  • Excessively sleepy or falling asleep in the day

Questions your doctor may ask to check for narcolepsy

  • Do you experience sudden daytime sleepiness?

  • Do headaches worsen with lack of sleep?

  • Does your body go limp when laughing or with strong emotions?

  • Does your headache get worse in the morning?

  • Do you have frequent nightmares?

Treatment for narcolepsy

There is no cure for narcolepsy, but medications (stimulants, cognitive-enhancing medications, antidepressants) and lifestyle modifications can improve symptoms.

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  • Sleepy all day

References

  • Bassetti CLA, Adamantidis A, Burdakov D, Han F, Gay S, Kallweit U, Khatami R, Koning F, Kornum BR, Lammers GJ, Liblau RS, Luppi PH, Mayer G, Pollmächer T, Sakurai T, Sallusto F, Scammell TE, Tafti M, Dauvilliers Y. Narcolepsy - clinical spectrum, aetiopathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment. Nat Rev Neurol. 2019 Sep;15(9):519-539. doi: 10.1038/s41582-019-0226-9. Epub 2019 Jul 19. PMID: 31324898.

    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41582-019-0226-9

  • Scammell TE. Narcolepsy. N Engl J Med. 2015 Dec 31;373(27):2654-62. doi: 10.1056/NEJMra1500587. PMID: 26716917.

    https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMra1500587

  • Hanin C, Arnulf I, Maranci JB, Lecendreux M, Levinson DF, Cohen D, Laurent-Levinson C. Narcolepsy and psychosis: A systematic review. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2021 Jul;144(1):28-41. doi: 10.1111/acps.13300. Epub 2021 May 5. PMID: 33779983; PMCID: PMC8360149.

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Benjamin Kummer, MD

Benjamin Kummer, MD (Neurology)

Dr Kummer is Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), with joint appointment in Digital and Technology Partners (DTP) at the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) as Director of Clinical Informatics in Neurology. As a triple-board certified practicing stroke neurologist and informaticist, he has successfully improved clinical operations at the point of care by acting as a central liaison between clinical neurology faculty and DTP teams to implement targeted EHR configuration changes and workflows, as well as providing subject matter expertise on health information technology projects across MSHS. | Dr Kummer also has several years’ experience building and implementing several informatics tools, presenting scientific posters, and generating a body of peer-reviewed work in “clinical neuro-informatics” – i.e., the intersection of clinical neurology, digital health, and informatics – much of which is centered on digital/tele-health, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. He has spearheaded the Clinical Neuro-Informatics Center in the Department of Neurology at ISMMS, a new research institute that seeks to establish the field of clinical neuro-informatics and disseminate knowledge to the neurological community on the effects and benefits of clinical informatics tools at the point of care.

Shohei Harase, MD

Shohei Harase, MD (Neurology)

Dr. Harase spent his junior and senior high school years in Finland and the U.S. After graduating from the University of Washington (Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology), he worked for Apple Japan Inc. before entering the University of the Ryukyus School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital, where he received the Best Resident Award in 2016 and 2017. In 2021, he joined the Department of Cerebrovascular Medicine at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, specializing in hyperacute stroke.

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