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.
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 research in understanding the physiological abnormalities demonstrated by different types of MS, as uncovering the "hidden disabilities" of the disease.
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.
|Ohio State University||Medical Education||1963
|Ohio State Univ Hospital||Residency||
|Univ. of Calif. San Francisco||Internship||
|University of California, San Francisco Parnassus||Residency||
|American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehab||Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation||1969