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Dr. Khurram Nazir joined Dr. Kamel Elzawahry’s team of neurologists at the Brain and Spine Center in Panama City. With highly specialized training and diagnostics, this team of dedicated professionals is helping patients with a wide variety of neurological conditions.
“Patients who present to me may have been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome or might experience the effects of a pinched nerve, suffer debilitating headaches, or had a stroke. Their symptoms vary from numbness or tingling in their extremities; trouble with balance or falls. Treatment options may include EMG (Electromyography) nerve testing, which aids in localizing the source of the problem, like a pinched nerve. It helps in deciding if the patient needs oral medications or will need more aggressive measures including surgical options. The treatment of headaches is one of my specialized fields and I am very excited about our plans to open a dedicated Headache Center where we can tailor therapies to an individual patient’s needs. This will include intravenous treatment options or even botox injections.”
“While my primary focus is neurology, I have added a special emphasis on neurophysiology with an EMG Track,” said Dr. Nazir, who is both board certified and fellowship trained in his specialties. Neurophysiology is a branch of neuroscience concerned with the study of the functioning of the nervous system. “I recently saw a patient with complaints of fatigue and drooping eyelids towards the end of the day. After submitting the patient to a nerve conduction study, I was able to diagnose him with Myasthenia Gravis, an incurable but treatable condition of weakness and rapid fatigue of the muscles. After administering appropriate treatment, he is now leading a trouble-free life.”
Dr. Nazir completed a residency in general medicine in Pakistan and conducted considerable research at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts where he co-authored “Colen Flash-Review: Neurology.”
At the University of Tennessee in Memphis, he was a research assistant on a literature review titled, “Plague of Plenty,” a project that focused on diagnosis of metabolic syndrome.
An internship in internal medicine followed at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York. He completed his residency in neurology and fellowship training in neurophysiology at HofstraNorth Shore-LIJ School of Medicine in Manhasset, New York.
So what sets Dr. Nazir apart? In addition to his medical skills, Dr. Nazir will make himself available to his patients 24-hours, 7-days-a-week. “My patients will have my e-mail address so they can give me updates on their condition and can contact me should they need prescription refills. I’m confident in my abilities and want my patients to be assured of the ongoing quality of treatment they will receive. Also, patients may self-refer if they so choose.”
“With my background of having worked in two countries, training and practicing under two different medical systems – first, under the British model, which is clinically based with less testing; followed by the US model that combines clinical and testing options, plus allows for a more hands-on approach with patients – I believe I present the best of both worlds in methods, interactions, and an aggressive attitude toward providing more comprehensive healthcare,” he explains.
In Pakistan, he volunteered to conduct a survey relating to the long working hours and resulting health issues of traffic police sergeants. Volunteering for public service projects is important to this medical professional. “When the devastating earthquake hit Punjab in October 2005, I joined a hospital team that traveled to the quake zone to offer medical assistance. We were there several weeks providing various health services after the devastation the earthquake has caused. We saw patients with fractures and muscular pain and helped with pain control and we set up and maintained a small healthcare unit for the victims,” he said. “Throughout my career I have volunteered my time at charity clinics offering medical care to the needy, it is a passion of mine.”
In a short amount of time, Dr. Nazir has become ingrained in the community having joined the Emerald Coast Medical Association; familiarized himself with the workings of Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center, where he has privileges; and located a place of worship. “I’ve found the lifestyle in Bay County to be better than expected! There is so much to do and see, and the local cuisine is outstanding with the fresh seafood! Plus, with the local airport, you are connected to the entire world,” he said.
Dr. Nazir’s wife, Amber, shares his love for Bay County. The Nazirs met in Pakistan. Dr. Amber Nazir is a physician of internal medicine and is currently dedicating her time to raising their two-year-old son, Nael. “As our child becomes school-aged, my wife plans to become more involved within the community, and at some point may get involved with additional medical research or open a clinical practice.”
This talented couple is both “thankful and grateful” to live in this welcoming community, and Dr. Nazir feels he is living out the meaning of his name – “Someone who stays happy,” he says with a smile. His son’s name, Nael, means “achiever,” and if Nael is anything like his father and mother, he’ll grow up in Bay County following in his father’s footsteps desiring to “take care of people for many years to come, God willing.”
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