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

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

Bio

A native of central Ohio, Dr. Kraft received his A.B. from Harvard College and M.D. and M.S. from The Ohio State University. He interned at the University…

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Personal Interests

Writing.

Clinical Interests

Multiple sclerosis, electrodiagnosis, nerve and muscle diseases and SEP's.

Research Interests

Rehabilitation issues in multiple sclerosis (MS), electrodiagnostic medicine and muscle and nerve diseases.

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
A native of central Ohio, Dr. Kraft received his A.B. from Harvard College and M.D. and M.S. from The Ohio State University. He interned at the University of California Hospital-San Francisco and did his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation there and at Ohio State. Through 2011, he was director of the Western MS Center in electrodiagnostic medicine and the co-director of the Muscular Dystrophy Clinic; through 2013, he was the principle investigator of the Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (MSRRTC),at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Currently, he is Alvord Professor of MS Research and emeritus professor of rehabilitation medicine and neurology.

Dr. Kraft's interests are in the areas of multiple sclerosis, neurological rehabilitation and electrodiagnosis. 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 on the Advisory Boards of the Kessler Research Institute at UMDNJ and the MS Center of Excellence-West. He recently completed a term on the Advisory Board of NCMRR at NIH, has chaired study Section C of the NMSS and has served on numerous other national and local committees. Dr. Kraft has received the Krusen award from the AAPM&R, the Distinguished Researcher and Lifetime Achievement awards from the AANEM and the Distinguished Academician award from the AAP. In 2011. he received the Lifetime Achievement award from the National MS Society and, in 2012, he delivered the John N. Whitaker Memorial Lecture at the PVA annual meeting. In 2013, he received the Alumni Achievement Award from The Ohio State University. In 2014, Dr. Kraft received his highest honor: The Kessler Foundation DeLisa Award. In addition, he has been a keynote speaker at both the Consortium of MS Centers and the European organization, RIMS. He has frequently lectured internationally, and in 2009, gave a keynote address at the ISPRM in Istanbul, in 2012, at the ICNR in Chennai, India, and in 2014, he gave the keynote address at the 40th anniversary of the Philippine Association of Rehabilitation Medicine in Manila.

Professionally, Dr. Kraft has served as chief of staff of the University of Washington Medical Center and chair of the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He has served as president of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, the Association of Academic Physiatrists and the American Academy of Clinical Neurophysiology. He served as founder and consulting editor of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America from 1990-2011. Dr. Kraft has also been the associate editor of Muscle and Nerve and has served on the editorial boards of Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology, the American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.

Dr. Kraft served his country during the Vietnam war; he was a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S.Navy, stationed at the U.S.Naval Hospital in Philadelphia. He has also served the Department of Veterans Affairs as a member of the Special Advisory Committee to the Veterans Health Administration on Multiple Sclerosis Centers of Excellence from 2001-2002. Dr. Kraft is also a board member of many years of the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility and has worked with Dr. Bernard Lown of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. Among Dr. Kraft’s 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 U.S. (1998). Along with other colleagues, investigators from the MSRRTC have identified the importance and treatment of what have become known as the “hidden disabilities” of multiple sclerosis: depression, cognitive impairment, pain, fatigue and sleep disturbances. This has represented a profound change in the way MS is viewed; it is no longer just seen as a disorder of walking, but involves many more processes mediated by the central nervous system. In addition, he has led many other research projects devoted to improving the physical function of patients with multiple sclerosis. Dr. Kraft is the co-author of popular books for MS patients: “The MS Workbook: Living Fully with Multiple Sclerosis” and “Living with Multiple Sclerosis: a Wellness Approach.” He is also the co-editor of a text, “Chronic Disease and Disability,” as well as three issues of the PM&R Clinics on the management of MS, the most recent published in November, 2013 “Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation.” He is also the author or co-author of over 300 articles and chapters on multiple sclerosis, electrodiagnosis and rehabilitation. In 2010 Dr. Kraft hosted a TV series: "MS from A to Z" which was broadcast on UWTV and a number of university stations worldwide.

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