This week, we’re going to highlight one of our great Community Neuroscience Neurologists! Today, we get to meet one of our neuropsychiatrists, Dr. Elizabeth DeGrush, who is board certified in both psychiatry and neurology.
Dr. DeGrush, what inspired you to become a neurolopsychiaist?
“I always knew I wanted to be a doctor, but it was my first reading of “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” by Oliver Sacks that sealed the deal in Neuropsychiatry.”
What do you find the most rewarding aspect of being a neurologist?
“I really enjoy the follow up visits where patients have found their stride with their symptoms and recovery plan- it’s so rewarding to see patients find peace and enjoyment in their lives again after neuropsychiatric illness.
If you could have a superpower related to neurology, what would it be and why?
“I wouldn’t mind having a photographic memory- could be very useful!”
What is your favorite brain fact or trivia that you like to share with patients?
“I recently learned that a very small, deep part of the brain, the globus pallidus, is activated when thinking about your close friends. There is a part or a circuit for everything!”
Outside of work, what are your hobbies or interests?
“I run, and also do art and spent time with my family.”
What is your favorite sleep disorder to study or treat, and why?
“I find MS and related disorders, as well as functional neurologic disorders to be most interesting- there is so much more for us to learn about these disorders.”
If you could give one piece of advice to patients to promote brain health, what would it be?
“Dr. Google is not your friend! Information found online can vary greatly and needs fact-checking.”
What is one misconception or myth about neurology that you would like to debunk?
“There can always be more progress- the brain, body and mind are more adaptable than we give them credit.”
If you weren’t a doctor, what other profession do you think you would have pursued?
“Likely an artist- I have found ways to combine both of my passions in science and art!”