This week, we get to meet our office Physician Assistant, Edward McInerny, PA-C. Ed sees patients out of our Worcester location.
What inspired you to become a neurologist?
As a student I had a rotation with Dr. Izzo and this initially piqued my interest in the field. I later came to appreciate the complexity of the nervous system and I find that what we know, and what we don’t know, about it to be fascinating. I like algorithms and some of what we do lends to that style of thinking. I like solving puzzles and figuring out things that other providers had difficulties with.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a neurologist?
Improving quality of life when I can
If you could have a superpower related to neurology, what would it be and why?
Toss up between being able to act as “The Sandman” and putting people to sleep (safely and providing good quality sleep, not like the medications we have at our disposal) or being able to allow people to use their minds to their full potential restoring any cognitive capacity they have lost.
What is your favorite brain fact or trivia that you like to share with patients?
I do not know if it is my favorite fact, I probably do not have a favorite, but I tell a lot of patients that studies have shown that saffron performs just as well as the leading medications to treat dementia. I think this highlights how important lifestyle can be in treating medical problems and also that the medications we have at our disposal are not always the best options available
Outside of work, what are your hobbies or interests?
I like to do yoga, and generally stay active with various forms of physical activity including resistance training, running, hiking, and golfing. I also love to cook, play video/board games, and spend time with my girlfriend and dog
What is your favorite neurological disorder to study or treat, and why?
I like treating headache disorders because most of the time you get almost immediate feedback and while it seems like a simple thing to “fix”, you can really improve someone’s quality of life by reducing or eliminating their headaches.
If you could give one piece of advice to patients to promote brain health, what would it be?
I stress four things that we can do to impact our brain and overall health:
get adequate, good quality sleep each night
regularly engage in both cardiovascular and resistance based physical activity
follow a whole food, plant based diet and consume things rich in antioxidants
What is one misconception or myth about neurology that you would like to debunk?
I guess I’d like to clear up the misconceptions people have about cognitive impairment/dementia (thinking that Alzheimer’s is some sort of special disease and that developing cognitive impairment is a normal function of aging).. also “mini stroke” and TIA/stroke
If you weren’t a doctor, what other profession do you think you would have pursued?
I think I would be a cook and run a small restaurant/cafe