Neurology

Neurology Faculty

Souvik Sen, MD, MPH Professor and Chair of Clinical Neurology

Dr. Souvik Sen is a professor and chair of the Neurology Department. An internationally recognized stroke neurologist, he joined the University of South Carolina School of Medicine faculty in January 2010 and played an instrumental role in developing the first Stroke Center in the Midlands of South Carolina. The Stroke Center at Palmetto Health Richland and USC School of Medicine is a multidisciplinary program that provides 24/7 life-saving care using state-of-the-art technology and the latest advancements in stroke diagnosis and treatment. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Center of Economic Excellence Stroke Chair in South Carolina. Before his appointment at USC, Dr. Sen served as the founding director of the UNC Hospital Stroke Center since July 2002.

Dr. Sen earned a doctor of medicine from University of Calcutta R. G. Kar Medical College, Calcutta, India. After completing medical training in India, he completed a masters degree in cardiovascular pharmacology in Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He then completed a medical internship at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan. He completed a neurology residency at the Temple University Health Science Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a vascular neurology fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland. After his fellowship he served as the co-director and subsequently as the director of the stroke center at the NJ Neuroscience Institute in Edison, New Jersey. He then served as the founding director of the UNC Stroke Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. While there he completed a masters in public health - epidemiology. He is board certified in neurology, and subspecialty board certified in vascular neurology.

Dr. Sen has published in peer reviewed journals including CirculationStroke and the New England Journal of Medicine. He has received research funding from the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health. In 2004, he was nominated as a Fellow of the American Heart Association. He serves on several national and international committees. His specific research interests include acute stroke treatment, stroke and TIA pathophysiology, stroke prevention and epidemiology.

Y. Swamy Venkatesh MD, DM, FRCP(Edin), FAAN, FACP Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Neurology; Neurology Residency Program Director

Professor and Vice Chair (Medical Education)
Neurology Residency Program Director

Dr. Venkatesh graduated from Bangalore Medical College and trained in internal medicine at the University of the West Indies and UK. He was a fellow in endocrinology at MD Anderson Cancer Center and later on finished residency in neurology at the combined program at Boston City Hospital, Lahey Clinic, New England Deaconess Hospital and St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. He underwent fellowship training in EMG/clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular disease at Brigham and Women's Hospital (Harvard Medical School).

He is board-certified in Neurology with added qualification in clinical neurophysiology, neuromuscular medicine and vascular neurology. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Electrodiagnostic medicine and a fellow of the Royal College of the Physicians (Edinburgh), the American Academy of Neurology and the American Association for Neuromuscular and Electrodagnostic Medicine.

His research interests include diabetic neuropathy, endocrine myopathies, SFEMG,spinal cord reflexes in CRPS, novel uses of botulinum toxin and vascular neurology in Caribbean islanders.

Becky Anaprasertporn, MD Asst. Professor of Clinical Neurology
Miroslav Cuturic, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Subspecialties: Neuromuscular Disorders, Clinical Neurophysiology and Electrodiagnostic Medicine
Mohit Datta, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Mary Gregory, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatric Neurology
Ravish Kothari, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Vascular Neurology
Rodney Leacock, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Forrest Lowe, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Alvin McElveen, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Alex Mirzoev, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Davit Mrelashvili, MD, MBA Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology

Dr. Mrelashvili accepted an appointment with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 2008. He joined the Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science after completing an adult neurology residency at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee. He also served a transitional year residency at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia.

A native of the Republic of Georgia, Dr. Mrelashvili received his medical degree from AIETI Medical School, Tbilisi, Georgia. While completing his education, Dr. Mrelashvili completed a sub-internship in internal medicine, pediatrics, and neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia. He also studied public health/medical sociology during a one-year exchange program at the University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine.

Dr. Mrelashvili's published work includes "Some Key Points In Basic Medical Sciences." He was one of three authors and chief editor of the review book of pre-clinical medical sciences. Though he has broad interests within general neurology, his particular clinical and research interest is in multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology.

Hamilton Peters IV, MD Asst. Professor of Clinical Neurology

Dr. Peters joined the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Neurology in August 2016. Previously, Dr. Peters was with Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was assistant professor of nNeurology for three years before joining USC School of Medicine. During this time he primarily focused on general neurology. He also completed his residency in neurology and epilepsy fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Peters grew up in Lexington, SC and attended Lexington High School. He then received a B.S. in biology at The Citadel and obtained his M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina.

His clinical interests include general neurology, treatments of epilepsy, EEG, the epilepsy monitoring unit, treatment of migraine and botox injection for migraine. Dr. Peters' hobbies include spending time with his family, soccer, running and being on the water.

Stephanie Paolini, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Renu Pokharna, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Dr. Pokharna is board certified in neurology, clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular medicine.
She received her medical degree from SMS Medical College in Jaipur, India and completed her neurology residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She went on to complete a fellowship in multiple sclerosis at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown, West Virginia.
She has certifications in electrodiagnostic medicine, rare neuro-immunological disorders and multiple sclerosis.
 
Andrew Price, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
James Selph, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
John G. Steedman, MD Dorn VA Medical Center Faculty; Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Date of Appointment: 1999
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), class of 1992
Residency: Neurology, Medical University of South Carolina, 1998
Fellowship: Clinical EEG, Sleep Medicine & Neurophysiology, MUSC, 1999
Alexandra Vezetti, PA Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Nasir Waheed, MD Dorn VA Medical Center Faculty; Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Date of appointment 2002 
Medical School: King Edward Medical College, class of 1988
Residency: Neurology, Medical University of South Carolina, 1998
Fellowship: EMG/EEG Clinical Neurophysiology, MUSC, 1999
Board certified in neurology, and subspecialty board certified in Vascular Neurology.
Anil Yallapragada, MD Assistant Professor of Clinical Vascular Neurology