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October 30, 2019 – The Sumaira Foundation for NMO is pleased to welcome Bart Chwalisz, MD to its medical advisory board.
Dr. Chwalisz grew up in Poznan, Poland and later in Berlin, Germany before moving to the United States. After college, he taught and researched Medical Ethics at the University of Oxford, UK. Dr. Chwalisz earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine internship at the University of Chicago, and his Neurology residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, where he was recognized for his dedication to teaching residents and medical students. He completed a clinical fellowship in Advanced General and Autoimmune Neurology at MGH, and a second fellowship in Neuro-ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, where in addition to his clinical activities he researched treatment outcomes in idiopathic intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri).
As a clinician and teacher, Dr. Chwalisz is passionate about helping patients with neurological disorders, and he participates in the training of MGH Neurology residents, MGH Autoimmune Neurology fellows, and MEEI Neuro-ophthalmology fellows.
Dr. Chwalisz’s is particularly interested in the intersection of the brain and the eye in health and disease, and he has a particular focus on inflammatory, infectious and autoimmune disorders affecting the eye, base of skull and the nervous system. Dr. Chwalisz is the founding director of the innovative Inflammatory Neuro-ophthalmology and Skull Base Disorders Clinic at MGH, a first-of-it-kind referral clinic for patients with inflammatory disorders affecting the optic nerves, orbit, cavernous sinus, cranial nerves, pituitary area, meninges and cranial vasculature.