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Michael J. Kushner, MD, FAAN

Primary Specialty:
Electrodiagnostic Medicine
Vascular Neurology (Stroke)
Pain Medicine

Dr Kushner majored in physics at Yale University and graduated with honors in 1973. He completed his MD degree at New York University in 1977 where he was class president. Following internship at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX he completed his neurology residency at the Neurological Institute at Columbia –Presbyterian Medical Center in New York in 1981. He continued his training as a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and joined the medical school faculty there as assistant professor of neurology in 1983. He received one of the first Clinical Investigator Development awards and participated in numerous clinical and research studies in the fields of stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and neuroimaging. In 1990 he came to Wilson to begin private practice and in 1992 he became a founding partner of Wilson Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurology Center, P.A.

In his academic career he became an internationally recognized authority in the field of stroke and brain imaging using vascular ultrasound, MRI and PET. His academic career took him around the world as he presented his research in Italy, France, Germany and Japan. He continues his imaging practice as the medical director of Wilson Regional MRI and runs our vascular ultrasound lab. He has additional advanced training and certification in electrophysiology, EMG, EEG and sleep and provides these diagnostic testing services to our patients. He has been a consultant to the National Institutes of Health, the pharmaceutical industry , patient advocacy groups and insurance companies. He is a past president of the North Carolina Neurological Society.

Yale University- BA cum laude, distinction is physics 1973

New York University School of Medicine- class president, Lange Book Award

Clinical Investigator Development Award National Institutes of Health- 1985-1990

Stroke Council of the American Heart Association-elected fellow 1984

American Academy of Neurology-elected fellow 1984

Visiting Professor University of Rome La Sapienza- 1989

North Carolina Neurological Society- president 1995-1997

American Society of Neuroimaging- treasurer 1999-2001

Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for Magnetic Resonance Imaging - board of directors 2011-present

New York University School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, 1977

Parkland Memorial Hospital, General Internship, 1978

The Neurology Institute - Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, 1981

Board Certifications:
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, 1982
CAQ - Clinical Neurophysiology - 1996, recertified 2017
CAQ - Pain Medicine - 2004
CAQ - Vascular Neurology - 2006, recertified 2016

University of Pennsylvania, 1983

American Academy of Neurology
American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine
American Medical Association
American Society of Neuroimaging
Clinical Magnetic Resonance Society
North Carolina Medical Society Foundation
North Carolina Neurological Society
Wilson County Medical Society
World Stroke Organization
Who's Who in America
Intersocietal Accreditation Commision's MRI Board of Directors

Patient Testimonials:

The staff was very friendly and professional. I had a late MRI scheduled and I know the staff was ready to go home, but they didn't rush me and were very friendly. The MRI tech. (Michael) was friendly and explained everything that would take place during the procedure. If I had any problems or concerns he said to please let him know. I don’t think EmergeOrtho could improve if you wanted to because you guys are already top notch!!!! I have been recommending you to all my friends and family. I’ll be having another surgery at the end of this year or next year and I will definitely be going back to EmergeOrtho!!!

Great MRI & Experience!
Being very claustrophobic, your open MRI is perfect for me. There is never a long wait time; all of the staff is courteous, and very helpful. I love your facility, and have not noticed anything that needs to be changed. Thank you!

Very Impressed!

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1803 Forest Hills Road
Wilson, NC 27893

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