CMC welcomes Dr. Praveen Vemuri
Praveen Vemuri, MD is a board certified Neurologist fellowship-trained in Neurophysiology and Epilepsy. After receiving his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from Andhra Medical College in India, he completed his Neurology residency at Detroit Medical Center through Wayne State University. Following his residency, Dr. Vemuri completed a one-year fellowship in clinical Neurophysiology specializing in Epilepsy and EMG at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. After his fellowship he joined his family in Myrtle Beach and the Conway Medical Center team. He practices at CMC’s Conway Physicians Group Neurology office and is the only physician in the area providing specialized care for adults and children aged 12 and up suffering from advanced cases of epilepsy and seizures.
“I have always been fascinated by the human brain,” said Dr. Vemuri. “Through my years of training and experience I’ve witnessed firsthand how debilitating and stressful epilepsy can be for those affected and also for their families. I feel like this is my calling and that I can help those suffering from this disease maximize their quality of life through the personalized care I can give them.”
Dr. Vemuri diagnoses epilepsy by building a comprehensive medical history of each patient utilizing neurologic examinations and testing. He consults with family members and friends to learn more about what the seizures looked like and what occurred immediately before and after the seizures. This information, along with the patient’s prior medical history and family history, is vital for an accurate diagnosis.
Dr. Vemuri uses several types of tests, all available at CMC, to diagnose epilepsy. Usually, an electroencephalogram (EEG) is performed that records brain waves and can show certain characteristic changes in people with epileptic seizures. He may use imaging methods like computerized tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to search for abnormalities like strokes, tumors, scars or other physical conditions in the brain that may be causing the seizures. He may also use specialized techniques like PET and SPECT imaging. Dr. Vemuri would like to start an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at CMC which would further prevent the need of patients to travel out of the area to receive the treatment they need.
“Epilepsy and seizures take away a patients’ sense of control over themselves and their environment. And it’s a very personal disease because it affects each person in different ways, physically and emotionally. My goal in treating people with epilepsy is to figure out the unique state of their condition, what treatments they respond better to, and build a personalized plan of care that will help them reclaim a sense of control.”
Beyond epilepsy Dr. Vermuri also treats a host of other neurological disorders and conditions including stoke, Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, Parkinson’s disease, brain injuries, altered mental status, Bell’s Palsy, vertigo and more.
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