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Optimal neuro | spine: Treating Paralysis: A Conversation with Dr. Susan Harkema

Optimal neuro|spine

Episode 9

One of the leading scientists researching treatments for paralysis and spinal cord injury is Dr. Susan Harkema. Her work has led to multiple breakthroughs that led to improved function and quality of life for patients that were previously deemed impossible. On this episode, I invite Dr. Harkema to discuss those discoveries, how they came about, and the future of treating paralysis.

This episode’s points of interest cover:

  • Dr. Harkema’s background and training
  • An overview of paralysis and spinal cord injury
  • Non-pharmacological approaches to treating paralysis
  • Dr. Harkema’s groundbreaking study on neuromodulation through epidural stimulation
  • Redefining the possibilities for paralysis recovery
  • Other benefits of epidural stimulation
  • Overcoming technological limitations and pioneering the future of paralysis treatment
  • What Dr. Harkema believes is missing from spinal cord injury care
  • The future of epidural stimulation in the treatment of spinal cord injury

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Dr. Max Boakye, Neurosurgeon, and Neuroscientist, currently Professor of Neurosurgery, Chief of Spinal Neurosurgery, Director of Quality Improvement, and Clinical Director of the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, interviews leading neuroscientists, health administrators, neurosurgeons, educators, neuro and spine health care experts, and patients in his Podcast show: Optimal neuro|spine. His in-depth conversations brings to light topics on:

  • How do we optimize our brain and spine health, prevent aging brain and memory deterioration
  • What to do when something goes wrong, how best to heal and recover injured brain and back
  • How do we optimize our inpatient neuro|spine care in hospitals and provide more value-based care- prevent errors, improve quality, and improve patient satisfaction
  • How do we teach better and better train doctors
  • Which hospitals offer the best neuro and spine care: why and how

Dr. Boakye present the most innovative emerging research that will impact neuro|spine care. Join us as we delve one-on-one and have insightful conversations with exciting researchers and experts – voices who have something to teach, enlighten, and inspire us about Optimal neuro|spine.

Maxwell Boakye, MD, MPH, MBA, FAANS, FACS
Maxwell Boakye, MD, MPH
Acting Director, KSCIRC
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