Neurological Physician Assistant: Bryan D. Walker, MHS, PA-C

I’m Bryan Walker, I’m a Physician Assistant with
the Department of Neurology here at Duke. I really wanted to use the knowledge
that I had with respect to science and biology and apply them to something that
was more relevant, more human if you will. And I spent a lot of
time in the laboratory, but really felt that there
was something missing. And it wasn’t until I started volunteering
in a hospital that I knew that I wanted to be a part of patient care. And that’s what drove me to
become a physician’s assistant. Well I see a lot of patients will
multiple sclerosis and other neuro-immune disorders, such as transverse myelitis or
optic neuritis and I’ll see patients in conjunction with our
team led by three different physicians, myself and another physician
assistant to work up these patients, diagnose them, treat them accordingly
over the lifespan of the patient. Whenever I meet a patient for the first time, one of the things I like
to do is do a little bit of teaching as well as getting from the patient
what they’re interested in. And it’s a two way street really. It’s more of a conversation or
a dialogue more than an interrogation, if you will, with respect to, I’m gonna
ask you questions and I want answers. I really wanna understand where
the patient’s coming from, what their expectations are,
what their needs are, to help tailor whatever treatment
plan we’re gonna come up with them. An educated patient is
an empowered patient. And that helps ensure decision
making with the patient, so that both the patient and
myself are invested in their treatment. I see each patient has an opportunity
to work with an individual. So, it’s not one patient type in
particular that keeps me going. It’s all patient types because I
think maybe it’s the variety of patients that’s more interesting
to me that keeps me challenged and keeps me coming back
on a day-to-day basis.

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