Episode 1: Communicating with your doctor as a myositis patient

Launch of a NEW ongoing webinar series

Join us in welcoming Dr. Bhai for the launch of our New Series called “Managing Your Care Starts With You.”

In this first episode, we focus solely on communicating with your doctor and ways to work to build an equal partnership in our care.

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Dr. Salman Bhai, Neurology, UT Southwestern

Meet Salman Bhai, M.D.

Medical Advisor, Myositis Support and Understanding (MSU)

Dr. Salman Bhai is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Faculty Member at the Institute of Exercise and Environmental Medicine (IEEM) at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. He earned his B.S. in mathematics at Duke University and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, where he earned multiple research grants. He completed his internship, neurology residency, and neuromuscular fellowship at Harvard: internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and residency and fellowship in a joint program between Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is grateful for the unique neuromuscular mentorship, training under several neuromuscular experts including Drs. Anthony Amato and Steven Greenberg (Brigham and Women’s Hospital) and Drs. William David, Amanda Guidon, and Reza Seyedsadjadi (Massachusetts General Hospital), amongst several others.

Dr. Bhai specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of neuromuscular disorders. He specifically focuses on patients with inflammatory and metabolic myopathies as well as those with immune checkpoint inhibitor complications.

His research focuses on understanding how muscles communicate with other organ systems, particularly when muscle is inflamed, like in myositis. The goal of his research is to better understand, diagnose, and treat patients with myositis. This will be achieved through exercise and muscle physiology studies of myositis patients by analyzing biospecimens for molecular perturbations. He also will offer clinical trials for myositis patients.

Dr. Bhai is dedicated to helping patients and their families understand and navigate difficult conditions by providing world-class clinical care.

Dr. Bhai’s Bio and Contact information is available at https://profiles.utsouthwestern.edu/profile/83540/salman-bhai.html.

What is our Managing Your Care Starts with YOU series?

In this new and ongoing series, we will explore how doctors today are taking a patient-centered approach to manage the care of our diverse myositis community. We often hear terms like patient-centered care, patient-centered research, patient-centered outcomes, but what does this really mean for you and the myositis community, for research and drug development, and most importantly, for your care?

We will use different platforms and methods to host this series, using Zoom, Clubhouse, and others.

Some topics we will cover in future episodes with Dr. Bhai, his colleagues, other myositis specialists, and special guests will tackle such care topics as:

  • When You are at Risk – Care strategies on different topics -cancer screening, dysphagia, ILD, emotional health, underserved myositis communities
  • Managing Your Care Team
  • The Rollercoaster of Flares
  • The Pain is Real – a review of MSU’s 2019 survey of over 450 patients on Pain and Opioids, what current research is telling us about pain, and current thinking on treating pain, real-life strategies
  • The Alphabet Soup of Myositis Antibodies – what are they and what do they tell us about managing our care

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