With March being National MS Awareness month, I would like to bring much deserved recognition to a man whom I feel hits it out of the park 100% of the time, Dr. Samuel Hunter, M.D., Ph.D. He has been my MS specialist since 2004 and I probably wouldn’t be here at all if it weren’t for him. If you have read my personal story, then you know how bad I once was. Dr. Hunter attends many different conferences held all over the world; and because of this, he was able to bring back a medication for my treatment which wasn’t even being used for MS in the U.S at the time. This medication is now known as Lemtrada, but back in 2006 it was called Campath. Dr. Hunter had been at a conference over in Europe when he learned that this was being used and had great success with improving our disease. Fortunately for me, it turned things around and gave me a second chance at living a somewhat normal life. His constant research, reading, and one-on-one meetings with different Pharmaceutical companies provides him with much updated information on Multiple Sclerosis. He is also involved/provides many different study medications for treatment of MS.
Besides him being one of the most intelligent men I know, he is also extremely compassionate. In all of the years that I have been in his care, not one time I have felt he wasn’t doing everything in his power to keep my disease in check. He provides me with as much information as possible at each visit and never once have I felt our visits have been rushed. His exams are thorough as much as inquisitive about everything that is going on with me. I have even received phone calls from him, not his nurses or staff, after a couple of unrelated MS surgeries to see how my recovery was going. NEVER, in my whole history of seeing doctors has this ever happened before. My husband and I trust him beyond words and we know without of shadow of doubt if he is recommending something, then we need to follow his advice. How many doctors can you say that he really listens to you? I can without a hesitation! Dr. Hunter has also gone beyond the doctor-patient relationship with me to provide reliable information that I have used in my blogs. His help has been so appreciated especially since he publishes his own blog with his practice Advanced Neurosciences Institute. When I asked him for his bio, he sent (2), one that is so long that my blog here couldn’t hold all the content; then a shorter version that I will now share. Below will be a link to the longer version and let me just say if you will take the time to really read it, you will see where all his intelligence comes from. Without a doubt, he is truly a MS Specialist. He actively stays busy with all the ongoing research and studies that he is involved with along with seeing patients.
Dr. Hunter was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, and completed his undergraduate degrees in Biology and Computer Science summa cum laude at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Subsequently he completed a Fulbright Fellowship of the University of Helsinki, Finland as the ITT International Fellow in Biomedical Computing. He completed both M.D. summa cum laude and Ph.D. degrees in pharmacology at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and the Marine Biomedical Institute.
His postgraduate medical training includes internship in internal medicine and residency in Neurology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Subsequently he was an appointed Instructor in Neurology and Clinician Investigator Fellow at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in the laboratory of Dr. Moses Rodriguez. His basic science interests have been in regulation of white matter repair.
He has been an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University, a clinical assistant professor, and a spinal cord injury supervisor in the Veterans Administration. He has served as a director of the neuroimmunology program at St. Thomas Neurosciences Institute in Nashville, Tennessee, and as chairman of the board of the Tennessee Advanced Neurodiagnostics Institute.
Currently he practices with the Advanced Neurosciences Institute in Franklin, Tennessee, part of the Nashville metropolitan region, and directs a three provider multiple sclerosis program which serves a seven-state referral area, and the Novel Pharmaceutics Institute, and is the medical director/CEO of the NeuroNexus educational center, a not-for-profit medical education and research institute. He has been affiliated for many years with the National MS Society and Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers. A large commitment of his time is to education of the public, people with neurological illness, physician training, and research and development of new therapies for neurological diseases and multiple sclerosis.
Dr. Hunter is credentialed in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology both in 1996 and recertified in 2006. He received the American Society of Neuroimaging MRI and CT neuroimaging certification in 2004, and in addition is board-certified in Neuroimaging with the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties in 2008. His professional affiliations also have included the American Medical Association, American Society of Neuroimaging, American Academy of Neurology, and American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
Dr. Hunter serves as a principal investigator on many neurological trials for both industry partners (phase I to Phase IV), for NIH affiliated trials, and for investigator initiated protocols.
Dr. Hunter has performed basic laboratory research with stem cells in demyelinating disease, numerous national and international research trials for multiple sclerosis, as well as trials of his own design, and continues to be active in clinical trials. He works with several nurse practitioners as part of a care team for complex neurological case management.
Dr. Hunter has served as an reviewer for Neurology, CNS Drugs, and the Journal of Neuroimaging.
Dr. Hunter performs consulting on drug development and research. He draws on a background in clinical pharmacology, and has ongoing interests in clinical and research practice in neuro-ophthalmology, neuroimaging, and electrophysiology of demyelinating disease.
Dr. Hunter is truly an amazing person and physician which I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of his care. The address for his practice is 101 Forrest Crossing Boulevard, Suite 103, Franklin, TN 37064 and office phone number 615-791-5470 if interested in making an appointment or being involved in one of his ongoing studies. I guarantee it is not a waste of time to see what he may can offer you. Be sure to check out the link below for additional information.