Khalaf Bushara, M.D., became the new director of the University of Minnesota Ataxia Clinic in January. He replaces Christopher Gomez‚ M.D.‚ Ph.D.‚ who accepted a position as chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Chicago.
“I am excited because it gives me the opportunity to have an even greater role in providing excellent care for patients with ataxia‚” Bushara says. “We have this specialized clinic in ataxia‚ a relatively rare disease‚ and it’s rewarding to be part of providing expert care that people cannot get elsewhere.”
Bushara‚ who came to the University in 2000‚ received his medical degree from the University of Khartoum in Sudan and completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997. From 1997 to 2000 he was a fellow with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke‚ where he met Gomez.
“My taking the job in Chicago was made easier knowing that Dr. Bushara was already at the University of Minnesota‚” Gomez says. “He has been an excellent clinician who has contributed in ways that I would not be able to.”
Bushara will continue to see patients as he directs the staff at the Ataxia Clinic. He says he values the clinic’s multidisciplinary approach‚ which he hopes to expand by adding occupational therapists and counselors to the team. He also hopes to enhance collaboration among University researchers to further investigations in rehabilitation methods and the pathophysiology and genetics of ataxia.