Meet the Doctor – Shivang Joshi, MD

In today’s blog post, we get to meet our Community Neuroscience Services headache specialist, Dr. Shivang Joshi!

Dr. Joshi, what inspired you to become a neurologist? 

Growing up I watched a lot of PBS and documentaries, one that intrigued me the most was about these “fainting goats”. Channelopathies was a big word from me at that time. I was in a bio-medical major in high school, and I really had an amazing teacher, Ms. Fong who later set me up with a summer research opportunity in Kandel and Schwartz’s lab at Columbia. I spent some of my summers doing western blots, dissecting Aplysia and learning about underlying mechanisms or memory. I would say this was the initial spark.  

What is the most rewarding aspect of being a neurologist? 

History taking is very important, and especially in neurology where we have very few biomarkers. I love the investigative aspect of Neurology, putting pieces together. Sometimes clinicians refer to neurologist to “figure stuff out”. The challenge inspires me.  

If you could have a superpower related to neurology, what would it be and why? 

It would be great to have the ability to magically reverse some of the neurodegenerative diseases. Non-neurological super powers: it would be cool to have the ability to fly.  

What is your favorite brain fact or trivia that you like to share with patients? 

There are more serotonin receptors in the gut than the brain. There certainly is a mind-gut and a mind-body connection to neurological disease! 

Outside of work, what are your hobbies or interests? 

I love to spend time with my kids and family and do a lot of outdoor activities. I love to travel and read about different cultures. I love cooking a variety of different ethnic foods.  I especially love to make my own pizza, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner anytime, lol.  

What is your favorite neurological disorder to study or treat, and why? 

I love to treat Migraines and have a passion for it. I am actively involved in Migraine research and always trying to see what the next best idea I can bring for my patients. It is rewarding to treat Migraine patients because you can make a difference.  

If you could give one piece of advice to patients to promote brain health, what would it be? 
Sound Body, Sound Mind! Manifest happiness, mental health is good brain health and vice versa.  

What is one misconception or myth about neurology that you would like to debunk? 
As Neurologists, we don’t only consider “brain function” we must consider the entire medical history and disease state. There are a lot of medical conditions that can have neurological implications, for example, low Vitamin b12 or hypothyroidism to name a few.  

If you weren’t a doctor, what other profession do you think you would have pursued? 

I would be a wildlife photographer!  

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