Doctors who specialize in neurological disorders often are not neurologists.
So how do they keep up with the latest medical news and trends?
Fox Sports spoke with neurology specialists to get their thoughts on what’s happening with neurologists and what to expect in the coming months.
Dr. Michael McNeil, an orthopedic neurologist in Boston, said the medical community needs to re-evaluate neurology as a specialty.
“The whole field of neurology is changing.
It’s becoming more clinical and focused,” McNeil said.
“The neurosurgeons, the neurologists, the specialists in neurosurgery, the neurophysiologists, all have to be looking at each other and figuring out how we can better communicate and understand what the next phase of this is.”
In the next several years, neurologists will be needed to train the next generation of neurosurgeon.
That’s what Dr. John Rizzo is hoping for.
He’s a neurosurge in Atlanta and a neurophysiologist in the Mayo Clinic.
Rizzi is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and has more than 30 years of experience in neurophysiology and medical pathology.
He said that’s when the neurologist’s specialty is expected to grow.
“I would say we’re definitely going to see more of a focus on the clinical aspects of neurologic disorders,” he said.
Dr Mark Zaleski, an associate professor of neurologry and neurosurrology at Columbia University, said he believes neurology’s growth will continue.
“It’s a great field, and I hope that’s a continuation of that growth,” Zalesky said.
“Neurological diseases are really big, and we’re just starting to get a handle on the big picture.
I think neurology has a lot of work to do to really evolve and improve itself as a profession.”
Dr. John Haines, an assistant professor of orthopedics at Boston Children’s Hospital, said there’s been a big push in the past few years to get neurologists trained in other fields.
“There’s a push for them to become neuroscientists, which is an interesting change,” Hainys said.
Hainnes also sees the shift as a good thing.
“This has been a very challenging time for neurology, and the training that is going on now in the field of neuroscience is quite exciting,” he added.
Dr Jamey Johnson, an expert on neurosurgeries at the University of Michigan, also sees an opportunity for the neurology profession to improve its communication.
“You can get a lot more information out of the medical world, and you can get it more widely disseminated.
That may be more important than ever,” he explained.
Haines said that he expects neurologists to be more involved in the care of people with stroke, and that they may not have to do everything neurologists do.
But for the time being, neurology will remain a specialty, and there’s no indication that it’s going to be getting any smaller.