Shahvaiz Magsi, MD

Hometown: Pakistan
Residency: Washington University School of Medicine

When did you first become interested in Neurology?

In medical school when I started my clinical rotations, I was fascinated by the intricacy of the nervous system, the history of Neurology and how it had come a long way with strides in technology and research taken by giants in the field. Being a reader, I had stumbled upon Oliver Sacks’ writings and that basically sealed the deal for me.

How did you become interested in Vascular Neurology?

Stroke care and acute interventions are only now coming out of infancy in Pakistan, patchy access to medical care and resources mean that non communicable diseases leave a massive impact on patients’ lives and those of their families. I worked with my mentor Dr Ayeesha Kamal who is one of the leading stroke researchers of Pakistan on a few projects with a mix of stroke prevention and acute interventions in ischemic stroke, that drew me to choosing Vascular Neurology as a career choice.

What attracted you to Washington University for fellowship training?

I trained in Neurology at WashU and being one of the busiest stroke centers in the nation, we have had excellent exposure to stroke management and research in residency. I had worked with all the stroke faculty here at WashU all of whom are dedicated to trainee education and research and considering the volume, quality of training, research and exposure, it was a an easy decision to stay at WashU.

What are your research interests?

My research interests in Vascular Neurology are mainly clinical research, exploring rare presentations of stroke, rare etiologies and some interest in stroke metrics/quality improvement.

In what direction is your future headed?

Post training I see myself as a clinical vascular neurologist with an interest in general neurology, but also with some time dedication to research and academia.

What is one fun fact about yourself?

I can speak 4 languages.