Myositis Patients and Families Come First: Introducing Dr. Salman Bhai

We are excited to announce that doctor Salman Bhai MD will be joining the MSU board as Medical Advisor. Dr. Bhai is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas and Director of the Neuromuscular Center at the Institute of Exercise and Environmental Medicine (IEEM) at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. He did both his residency in Neurology and his fellowship in Neuromuscular diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital & Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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 inflamed muscles (in myositis) alters normal muscle signaling with other organ systems.

Dr. Bhai will work closely with both Manuel Lubinus Ph.D., MSU and Lynn Wilson, MSU VP, in research initiatives to improve the quality of life for patients suffering from Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies (IIM). Dr. Bhai is on a mission “to help change how myositis is diagnosed, treated, and managed” with the patient perspective in mind.

Dr. Bhai’s input and participation will be critical as MSU continues to work with other organizations at all stages of the research and clinical development process in order to influence and support the creation of a collaborative patient-centered approach in research for the benefit of our myositis community.

Introducing a new webinar series led by Dr. Bhai

Join us in welcoming Dr. Bhai for a New Series called “Managing Your Care Starts with You,” a webinar series starting in May that, over the coming months, will explore how doctors today are taking a patient-centered approach to managing the care of our diverse myositis community. We hear a lot about patient-centered care, patient-centered research, patient-centered outcomes, but what does it really mean for the myositis community, for research and drug development and for your care?

Episode 1: Communicating with your doctor as a Myositis patient

When:  May 12, 7 PM ET


In our first episode, we will talk more about how the patient /doctor relationship is changing in myositis. What should you expect? How do you make your voice heard? Dr. Bhai welcomes your questions.

In subsequent webinars, Dr. Bhai and others 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


Get to know Dr. Bhai

In November of 2020, we asked Dr. Bhai some questions to help you get to know him. Read the article, “Myositis Patients and Families Come First: Introducing Dr. Salman Bhai” and learn about his vision, why MSU is the right fit for him, and much more.

Read the article here

Myositis Patients and Families Come First: Introducing Dr. Salman Bhai



Myositis Support and Understanding Association (MSU) is a patient-centered, all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Empowering the Myositis Community. Founded by Myositis patients, for Myositis patients, MSU provides education, support, advocacy, access to research and clinical trial matching, and need-based financial assistance.

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