We are excited to have Abhiram R. Bhashyam, MD, PhD., join Myositis Support and Understanding (MSU), as Research Partner. Dr. Bhashyam is a fellowship-trained hand and upper extremity surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical, who brings expertise in performing a wide range of simple to complex surgeries to help patients regain meaningful function of their hands and arms.
Dr. Bhashyam received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Applied Math & Statistics at Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated with the highest honors. He received his MD from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program where he served as a chief resident. He then completed a Hand and Microvascular Surgery Fellowship at the University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center, and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Bhashyam also earned an MPP from Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Ph.D. at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
Guided by his drive to improve clinical outcomes, Dr. Bhashyam has won several prestigious research awards at national and international meetings and is widely published in peer-reviewed academic journals. Dr. Bhashyam’s research expertise is wide-ranging including the role of socioeconomic factors in patient care on the outcomes/quality improvement in trauma and upper extremity surgery, and mathematical modeling and imaging, especially patient-specific simulation.
Dr. Bhashyam has co-authored two key studies with Dr. Salman Bhai, MSU Medical Advisor, and the MSU Research Team:
(1) Pain profile and opioid medication use in myositis, where his expertise in statistics and mathematical modeling were critical in presenting our case that pain is a commonly reported symptom in myositis and must be addressed as part of any myositis treatment.
(2) A 24-month single-center study to assess the efficacy of tendon transfers to improve hand function in inclusion body myositis, a Phase III Clinical Trial that is being funded by MSU. Dr. Bhashyam will apply his expertise as a hand surgeon to rigorously study the impact on the quality of life for IBM patients with impaired hand function.
Dr. Bhashyam’s approach to patient-centered research evokes the thoughts of the renowned Harvard physician, teacher, and humanitarian, Dr. Francis Weld Peabody (1881-1927), who once wrote that “the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient.”
We couldn’t agree more. Welcome to the MSU community!