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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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  • Numbness from the wrist to the tip of the finger

  • Numbness in the little finger of the right hand

  • Numbness in the middle finger of the right hand

  • Numbness in the index finger of the right hand

  • Numbness in the middle finger of the left hand

  • Numbness in the little finger of the left hand

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About the Symptom

Finger numbness describes a loss of sensation or touch from the knuckles to the fingers. Numbness can also be described as "tingling", "pins and needles", "asleep" or "heavy".

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Numb fingers

Possible Causes

Generally, Finger numbness can be related to:

  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

    Compression of nerves and/or blood vessels at the base of the neck, causing symptoms like arm numbness. Symptoms worsen or occur when arms are raised, as this action increases pressure in the base of the neck. Causes include tumors, increased muscle or fat in the region, and abnormal ribs at the top of the ribcage.

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    The carpal tunnel is an area in the wrist where nerves travel. When the tunnel is compressed, symptoms of numbness or pain in the fingers can occur. Common triggers include long periods of typing on keyboards, pregnancy, and diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.

  • Tetany

    Tetany is a condition involving involuntary muscle contractions and overly stimulated peripheral nerves. It is caused by electrolyte imbalances, most often low blood calcium levels.

  • Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament (OPLL)

  • Cervical Spondylosis
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy
  • Panic Attack

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Finger numbness may be related to these serious diseases:

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

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

  • Do you have wrist numbness?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have headaches or a heavy feeling in your head?

  • Do your arms or legs feel weak?

  • Are you having difficulty breathing?

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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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