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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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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is syringomyelia?

Syringomyelia is the formation of a fluid-filled cyst in the spinal cord. Over time, the cyst can grow and damage the spinal cord. The most common cause is a complex brain abnormality called Chiari malformation. Other causes include meningitis (brain inflammation), certain spinal cord tumors, trauma, and more.

Symptoms of syringomyelia

  • Numbness anywhere from the elbow to the wrist

  • Reduced sensitivity to feeling pain

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

  • Decreased sensation over skin

  • Difficulty standing up from sitting position

  • Weakness in arms or legs

  • Numbness or abnormal sensation

  • Headache

Questions your doctor may ask to check for syringomyelia

  • Do you have numbness in your arm?

  • Do you feel that you are less sensitive to pain?

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

  • Has your skin sensation changed?

  • Is it hard for you to get up from a chair by yourself?

Treatment for syringomyelia

Treatment for syringomyelia depends on its severity. If syringomyelia isn't causing signs or symptoms, treatment is not required. Surgery may be recommended for symptomatic cases.

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References

  • Vandertop WP. Syringomyelia. Neuropediatrics. 2014 Feb;45(1):3-9. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1361921. Epub 2013 Nov 22. PMID: 24272770.

    https://www.thieme-connect.de/products/ejournals/abstract/10.1055/s-0033-1361921

  • Flint G. Syringomyelia: diagnosis and management. Pract Neurol. 2021 Oct;21(5):403-411. doi: 10.1136/practneurol-2021-002994. Epub 2021 Aug 25. PMID: 34433683.

    https://pn.bmj.com/content/21/5/403

  • Li YD, Therasse C, Kesavabhotla K, Lamano JB, Ganju A. Radiographic assessment of surgical treatment of post-traumatic syringomyelia. J Spinal Cord Med. 2021 Nov;44(6):861-869. doi: 10.1080/10790268.2020.1743086. Epub 2020 Mar 30. PMID: 32223591; PMCID: PMC8725754.

    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10790268.2020.1743086

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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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