Norfolk, VA (October 2011) – Kamal R. Chémali, MD, joined Sentara Neurology Specialists located at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. He will serve as Medical Director for the establishment of both the new Neuromuscular and Autonomic Disorders Program and the new Sentara Center for Music and Medicine.
Dr. Chémali is board certified in Neurology and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and he partners with patients to provide comprehensive, quality care for a wide range of disorders affecting the nervous system. After receiving his Medical Degree from the Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences, Dr. Chémali completed a residency in neurology and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology, electromyography, and neuromuscular disease at the Cleveland Clinic. He worked for 12 years as a neurologist at Cleveland Clinic, where he was a co-founder of the Cleveland Clinic Arts and Medicine Institute and director of the Neuroscience Course at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Chémali has a special interest in using music to enhance the healing process and to improve clinical outcomes. He works with artists to prevent and treat problems resulting from musical performance such as overuse injuries, nerve problems, and involuntary muscle spasms. He also partners with music therapists and uses music to enhance the treatment of certain neurological disorders to help reduce anxiety, manage stress, and stimulate cognitive, communication and language skills.
Educating patients, students, physicians, musicians and the general public on the power of music is Dr. Chémali’s passion. As director of the Sentara Center for Music and Medicine, he will work with physicians, nurses, music therapists, medical students, local and international artists, philanthropists and influential community members to integrate music into medicine, to promote healing, and to enhance the lives of patients, families, visitors, and employees.
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