Roger W. Kula, MD, FAAN

Roger Kula

Title: Medical Director

Location: Rockville Centre, New York, United States

Roger Kula, Medical Director, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in internal medicine, neurology and neuromuscular medicine.

Dr. Kula recognized his nascent interest in biological science in high school, and endeavored to continue exploring the subject in his collegiate pursuits. He first earned a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University in 1966 and continued his studies at Johns Hopkins University. In 1970, he graduated with an MD and continued in the medical field with an internship and fellowship in medicine at Cornell University. From 1972 to 1974, he served in a residency in neurology at the University of California. From there, Dr. Kula returned to the East Coast and signed on as a clinical associate of the National Institutes of Health for three years. He then began teaching as an assistant professor of neurology at the State University of New York in Brooklyn (SUNY Downstate). He remained at the institution until 2003, and during his time had filled the roles of associate professor of clinical neurology and Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurology.

From 2002 to 2016, Dr. Kula provided his services as the medical director of The Chiari Institute, the Harvey Cushing Institute of Neuroscience at the North Shore LIJ Health System. Since 2016, he has continued his work in management as the medical director of The Chiari Neurosurgical Center at NSPC. In addition, he has taught at Hofstra University as an associate professor of neurology and neurosurgery. While Dr. Kula was teaching at SUNY Downstate he established the neuromuscular center, which continues to exist to this day. He received the Millerette Award and has received other accolades such as the Ade T. Milhorat Humanitarian Award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and recognition from Burroughs-Wellcome Inc., Abbott Laboratories, the Chiari Syringomyelia Foundation and the American Syringomyelia and Chiari Alliance Project, Inc.

When Dr. Kula entered medical school, he originally intended on becoming a psychiatrist but eventually found neuromuscular medicine to be a particular field of medicine he was interested in. Since then, his achievements include research in the mechanism of muscle cell injury, in fiber typing in human neuromuscular diseases and other clinical studies in muscular dystrophy, myasthenia gravis, myositis, tropical spastic paraparesis associated with HTLV-1 infection and Chiari malformations and syringomyelia. Dr. Kula is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Headache Foundation, the New York Academy of Science, the American College of Physicians and various other related organizations.

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