Current Mailing Address
Present Activity Status: Working
Tell us about your community activities: Volunteer at United Jewish fund council, J.C.C. Maccab, Games of St, Paul, Bridge Club, Bike Group, Book club, Maimondes St. Paul Chairman
Family Status: Married with 2 children
What path has your career taken since your residency? Include military service, private practice, academic career, teaching and research accomplishments.
Family Practice residence
Teaching UMN medical students
Mentoring of Premedical Students
Stroke Director St Johns NE
We are interested in anecdotes and experiences from your residency years. Include interactions among fellow residents and teaching staff.
Residency War story: A fellow resident paged me stat to help him. He was trying to do a funduscopic exam on a mentally and physically handicapped seizure patient, when her eye (a real eye) slipped out of the orbit and was hanging there by the neurovascular bundle. We were able to replace the eyeball back in the socket and her vision returned shortly thereafter!
Dr. George Flora charming, clever and a gifted clinical neurologist and a most exceptional teacher.. . .but when it came time to publishing and doing research, well....
Dr. Joe Resch everyones (especially mine) favorite person and neurologist. He was the glue that held the Department of Neurology together. He was second in command and seemed quite willing to remain in the background, while ghost writing articles, papers and books. He was a clean desk type of a person. He gave everyone a chance to succeed, a wonderful mentor. Born to be a grandfather, and a lovable one at that. Easy to underestimate despite being so smart, wise and savvy, as he was soft .
Residency war story: We had admitted a schizophrenic, institutionalized patient to the neurology ward to see if her were complex partial seizures. She was a large, rather mean looking woman who would suddenly go into a trance-like state and start wandering about the hospital. The nurses observed that if you stepped in front of her, she would turn away and keep walking. With this knowledge, we were able to guide her back to her room untouched, where she sat down and continued to stare trance-like, straight ahead. She began to rock. A junior neurology resident (me) tried unsuccessfully to engage her in conversation. So, I gently placed a pillow on her lap and asked if she needed anything else... She suddenly leaped to her feet, threw the pillow aside, grabbed me, pulled off my glasses, twisted them until the lenses popped out, returned my damaged spectacles, sat down, and announced that, one should interrupt me when I rocking. That said, she resumed rocking and staring straight ahead.
Dr. Milton Alter: The chief
Share your thoughts regarding the changes in medicine since your residency. In your opinion, is Neurology positioned well for the future?
Neurology as the world
turns: As a University of Minnesota neurology resident in the middle 1970s, I
was blessed with a wonderful training program - centered at the University, but
most importantly, allowing each resident to train also at two county hospitals
and an outstanding Veterans Hospital. As neurologists, we seem to be more
useful in the practice of medicine than I had ever imagined. Our job is a broad
one. We must diagnose with accuracy. We must guide the patients, their families
and the other health care providers in evaluation and treatment of many long
term problems. We are often there at the end of life, and therefore faced with
significant ethical issues and grieving families Today new challenge in the
training of residents, I believe, is to educate them in sub-specialization
skills required by the rapidly advancing neurological sciences, while
maintaining their interpersonal skills of listening to patients and families
and with them as people. How our training programs will guide us in this
difficult challenge will determine the future of clinical neurology. I believe
that clinical neurology was developed here in the Midwest, in