In seeking out answers to questions great and small, let us commit to charitable dialogue. Where there is misconception, may we apply disciplined reason; where there is misunderstanding, kindness; where there are knowledge gaps, humility; where there is need, compassion.

I am sometimes asked, what is a neurologist? A neurologist is a medical doctor with specialized training in diagnosing and treating disorders of the brain and nerves. More than a care provider, a neurologist is a physician, that is, a person committed to practicing the profession of medicine. Sir William Osler wrote that “The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head; a calling which extracts from you at every turn self-sacrifice, devotion, love, and tenderness to your fellow man.”

My consulting neurological practice focuses on disorders of the autonomic nervous system in collaboration with a team of extraordinary colleagues. Motivating my work is a passion for discovery, whether that be finding solutions for patients, elucidating new insights in neuroscience, or connecting neuroscience with complementary disciplines that illuminate our understanding of what it means to be human.

As a neuroethicist, I am fascinated by the ways in which emerging technologies reframe timeless questions. We enjoy unprecedented access to information, and yet the facts that inform our decisions are riddled with complexity, ambiguity, and uncertainty. Added to that, we all differ in how our minds perceive the world, interpret facts, weigh evidence, remember experiences, think about values, evaluate and prioritize moral principles.