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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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  • I forget things easily

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What is Transient Global Amnesia?

Transient global amnesia is the sudden, inability to form new memories that resolves within 24 hours, in the absence of a more common cause such as a stroke or seizure. During an episode, short-term memory is primarily affected. The cause is unknown, but triggers may include exposure to rapid changes in temperature, strenuous physical activity, sexual intercourse, breath-holding, or emotional distress.

Typical Symptoms of Transient Global Amnesia

  • Unable to remember what I have done

  • Repeatedly asks the same question

  • Poor memory

  • My brain is not functioning right now

Doctor's Diagnostic Questionson Transient Global Amnesia

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this disease:

  • Have others mentioned increased forgetfulness?

  • Do you repeat the same question even after receiving an answer?

  • Have you been forgetful lately?

  • Do you struggle to focus or feel less aware of your surroundings?

Treatmentof Transient Global Amnesia

Any condition involving memory or awareness should be evaluated by a physician to rule out more common causes including head trauma, stroke, substance intoxication, migraine, or seizure. Since this condition is temporary, treatment is usually not required, although a small minority of people with this disorder go on to develop recurrent episodes.

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References

  • Arena JE, Rabinstein AA. Transient global amnesia. Mayo Clin Proc. 2015 Feb;90(2):264-72. doi: 10.1016/j.mayocp.2014.12.001. PMID: 25659242.

    https://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(14)01077-5/fulltext

  • Szabo K. Transient global amnesia. Front Neurol Neurosci. 2014;34:143-9. doi: 10.1159/000356431. Epub 2014 Apr 16. PMID: 24777137.

    https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/356431

  • Hunter G. Transient global amnesia. Neurol Clin. 2011 Nov;29(4):1045-54. doi: 10.1016/j.ncl.2011.07.004. Epub 2011 Aug 6. PMID: 22032672.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0733861911000508?via%3Dihub

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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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