George H. Kraft M.D., M.S.

 George  H. Kraft M.D., M.S.

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Dr. Kraft, formerly the Nancy and Buster Alvord endowed professor in Multiple Sclerosis Research, is currently an affiliate of the Institute for Stem Cell…

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Patient Care Philosophy

I am passionate about the provision of thoughtful and aggressive medical and rehabilitative care to patients with multiple sclerosis. That includes controlling the disease as best possible using current disease-modifying treatments, followed by an understanding of a patient's "hidden disabilities" (e.g. fatigue, depression, cognitive impairment, and pain) and aggressively treating these as well.

As an example of the aggressive approach to stabilize MS, in 1998 I was the first MS clinician in this hemisphere to utilize a rigid stem cell transplant protocol. At present, as medical director of the MS ECHO telemedicine project, I am focusing on expanding this treatment philosophy throughout the WWAMI region so that more MS patients may benefit from this comprehensive care approach.

Personal Interests

I am very interested in medical research and the dissemination of research findings and teaching materials and have over 300 publications. I addition, I have hosted a TV series on UWTV on MS (many of such programs still available on their website).

Clinical Interests

Clinical research in understanding the physiological abnormalities demonstrated by different types of MS, as uncovering the "hidden disabilities" of the disease.

Research Interests

Dr. Kraft's research interests are in the areas of multiple sclerosis, neurological rehabilitation, and electrodiagnosis.

Among his research achievements are: description of the natural history and nerve conduction changes in EAN; identification of fibrillation potential amplitude as indicator of time since peripheral nerve injury; the first description of fatigue as a symptom of MS (now recognized as the most common symptom); and the first stem cell transplant treatment for MS in the United States.

For 15 years Dr. Kraft directed the Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation and Training Center (MSRRTC). Along with colleagues from the MSRRTC, he has identified the importance and treatment of what have become known as the "hidden disabilities:" fatigue, depression, cognitive impairment, pain and sleep disturbances.

He is a well-known expert in the field of MS and serves on the Executive Committee of the Medical Advisory Board of the National MS Society, and the Advisory Boards of the Kessler Research Institute at Rutgers and the MS Center of Excellence, West. He has previously served on the Advisory Board of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research at NIH.

Education

InstitutionCredentialYear
Ohio State UniversityMedical education1967
Ohio State Univ HospitalResidency
Univ. of Calif. San FranciscoInternship
University of California, San Francisco ParnassusResidency

DegreeDescriptionYear
MD1967

Board Certifications

CertificationSpecialtyYear
American Board of Physical Medicine & RehabPhysical Medicine & Rehabilitation1969
Dr. Kraft, formerly the Nancy and Buster Alvord endowed professor in Multiple Sclerosis Research, is currently an affiliate of the Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine, medical director of MS ECHO and UW emeritus professor of rehabilitation medicine and neurology.

His current research interests are in the field of multiple sclerosis. He is currently developing physiological methods to identify different types of MS, as well as developing new ways to transfer MS care information to rural providers by means of the internet and video conferencing.

Dr. Kraft earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard and his M.D. and M.S. in immunology from Ohio State University. He interned at the University of California, San Francisco, and did his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation there and at Ohio State University.

After completing his residency, Dr. Kraft served as Lieutenant Commander at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital for two years, then accepted a faculty position in the UW's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in 1969 to direct the Division of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and later the UW Muscular Dystrophy Clinic and Western MS Center.

He is board certified in electrodiagnostic medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Kraft is a past-president of the Association of Academic Physiatrists, the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the American Academy of Clinical Neurophysiology.

Dr. Kraft has received the Frank H. Krusen Lifetime Achievement Award and The Walter J. Zeiter Lectureship from the AAPM&R, the Distinguished Researcher and Lifetime Achievement awards from the AANEM, and the Distinguished Academician award from the AAP. In addition, he has received the Lifetime Achievement award from the National MS Society, the John N. Whitaker visiting professorship from the PVA, the Alumni Achievement award from the Ohio State University, and the Kessler Foundation DeLisa award.

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