Duke AHC Clinic Staff Spotlights

Duke AHC Clinic Staff Spotlights

In the Spotlight: The Duke AHC Clinic Staff:

We are featuring each of the many members of the Duke AHC Clinic over the coming days. Keep coming back to read the latest bio sketch!

Mikati Mohamad Mikati, MD (AHC/Neurology/Clinic Director/Research)

Dr. Mikati is the Director of the Duke AHC Clinic and its Founder. He is also the Chief of Pediatric Neurology at Duke Children’s Hospital and is the Wilburt C. Davison Professor of Pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine. He has over 30 years experience in Pediatric Neurology, and has authored & co-authored hundreds of research publications. He is one of the pioneers in research of alternating hemiplegia of childhood, and was part of the team that discovered the 1st  causative ATP1A3 gene mutations for AHC.

Dr, Mikati is active currently in research towards understanding the underlying physiology of AHC and how to treat the myriad complex physical, cognitive, and behavioral issues that can come with the disease. This is why, in partnership with Cure AHC, he created the clinic, to help benefit AHC Champions now and to accelerate the research towards treatment and cure of alternating hemiplegia of childhood.

Dr. Mikati while passionate about research is equally passionate about AHC families. Recently he, at a moment’s notice, took precious time out of his weekend to come to the Ronald McDonald House of Durham to meet with the father of an AHC Champion. The father had come from India and happened to be in the area. He also participated in a Blog Talk Radio show for AHC Awareness one evening after a full day of work.  That is true dedication!  You can read more about his background on his profile page HERE

DalliRichard D’Alli, MD(Behavior & Medicine Management)

Dr. D’Alli  is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, & Chief, Child Development and Behavioral Health at Duke University School of Medicine and Duke Children’s Hospital.  He has over 20 years of experience in Pediatric Psychiatry.  Prior to entering the medical field, he also had a career in Education. He also has extensive pharmacology training, which qualifies him to effectively manage medicine interactions and doses to treat complex diseases with behavioral components like alternating hemiplegia of childhood.  He is also involved in research to leverage telemedicine in the treatment of mental health and behavioral issues. Through the Duke AHC Clinic Dr. D’Alli has now personally seen dozens of AHC Champions.  You can read more about him HERE

 

MelanieBonner150CMelanie Bonner, Ph.D. (Learning & Behavior)

Dr. Bonner is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science,  Assistant Clinical Professor in Surgery, and  Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology-Social and Health Services at Duke University School of Medicine. While much of her research and clinical experience has been in dealing with pediatric brain tumor sufferers and survivors, the cognitive evaluation & instructional methodologies she has developed, along with her expertise in dealing with the complex emotional and behavioral elements of neurological disease, has proven very helpful in working with alternating hemiplegia of childhood. Dr. Bonner has authored or co-authored numerous papers on improving cognition and learning in children affected by neurological disease, and has seen dozens of AHC Champions through the Duke AHC clinic.  You can read more about her HERE

 

210_KansagraSujay Sujay Kansagra, MD (Sleep/Neurology)

, Dr. Kansagra focuses on sleep health and disorder (as sleep issues affect many AHC Champions, this is a critical area). Under Dr. Mikati’s mentorship, Dr. Kansagra also represents the next generation of clinicians focused on AHC (something greatly needed in our community). He graduated in 2006 from Duke University School of Medicine, and has been at Duke since 2008 after his residency at UNC-CH. In his short career he has already published 2 research papers. He also recently published a book entitled My Child Won’t Sleep. Dr, Kansagra has now seen dozens of AHC Champions through the Duke AHC Clinic. You can read more about him HERE


CarboniMichael P. Carboni, MD (Cardiology)

Dr. Carboni is Assistant Professor of Pediatric Cardiology at Duke University School of Medicine and a key member of the Cardiology staff at Duke Children’s Hospital. He has over 24 years of medical experience, and has been at Duke for 20 of those years. He has published dozens of research articles.  Given that some AHC Champions have had heart issues, and given recent research regarding the potential for heart problems in some AHC cases, Dr. Carboni has proven to be a highly valuable member of the AHC Clinic Team. He has seen dozens of AHC Champions through the Duke AHC Clinic. you can read more about him HERE

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