April Wright, MD

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center — Memphis, TN
Residency: University of Tennessee Health Science Center — Memphis, TN
Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine

When did you first become interested in Neurology?

I first became interested in neurology during a neuroscience course in the second year of medical school. Neuroimaging rounds in my third year neurology clerkship further stimulated my interest in the field.

How did you become interested in Vascular Neurology?

I was fortunate to train in a very stroke heavy residency program, which allowed me to see a wide variety of stroke pathology. During that time, I became impressed with the significant impact that acute stroke care can have on patients and their families. However, I also had a strong interest in sleep medicine, which prompted me to pursue training in sleep following residency graduation. While I enjoy sleep medicine, I realized during my prior fellowship, how much I missed the hyperacute management of stroke.

What attracted you to Washington University for fellowship training?

I trained in sleep medicine at Washington University, and my familiarity with the strengths of the department contributed. Additionally, I was attracted to the program’s focus on evidence based medicine.

What are your research interests?

I am interested in the intersection of obstructive sleep apnea and stroke. OSA, a potentially modifiable risk factor for stroke, is often under recognized. Identifying these patients may help improve outcomes in certain stroke populations.

In what direction is your future headed?

I hope to practice both vascular neurology and sleep medicine in the future.

What is one fun fact about yourself?

I’m a movie buff. Pre-pandemic, a trip to the theater was my favorite night out.