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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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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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  • Can't relax my muscles

  • Muscle rigidity

  • Slow twitching of arms and legs

  • Twitching in one side of the body

  • Fine tremor of my fingers

  • Involuntary movements at night

  • Fine finger tremor

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What is spasticity?

Spasticity is abnormal muscle tightness due to extended muscle contraction. It is typically linked to damage to the spinal cord, brain, or nerves.

Symptoms of spasticity

  • Stiff, rigid muscles causing difficulty bending joints

  • History of stroke

  • Uncontrollable movements

  • Hands and legs became clumsy - I cannot do fine work with them

  • Fine tremor of the hands and fingers

  • Weakness in arms or legs

  • Difficulty moving the joint(s)

  • Slurred speech

Questions your doctor may ask to check for spasticity

  • Do you have stiff muscles and/or inflexible joints even with assistance?

  • Have you ever had a stroke?

  • Do you have uncontrollable movements in your hands, legs, or face?

  • Are your movements and coordination feeling more difficult or clumsy lately?

  • Do your fingers tremble slightly?

Treatment for spasticity

Treatment relies on the cause. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and prolonged stretching can help reduce spasticity. Splinting, casting, and bracing can maintain range of motion and flexibility.

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References

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    https://www.minervamedica.it/en/journals/europa-medicophysica/article.php?cod=R33Y2010N03A0423

  • Dietz V, Sinkjaer T. Spasticity. Handb Clin Neurol. 2012;109:197-211. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-444-52137-8.00012-7. PMID: 23098714.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/B9780444521378000127?via%3Dihub

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  • Barnes MP Johnson GR. Upper Motor Neurone Syndrome and Spasticity : Clinical Management and Neurophysiology. New York N.Y: Cambridge University Press; 2001.

    https://worldcat.org/title/1166802515

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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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