•  Neurologist Opens Practice in Rome

    Sept. 2, 2011

    ROME – Rome Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that neurologist Glady Jacob, M.D., has joined its medical staff. Dr. Jacob, who is board certified in both neurology and clinical neurophysiology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, has opened a new office in Rome at 267 Hill Road in the Griffiss Business Park.

    Dr. Jacob is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular disorders, stroke, seizure disorders, movement disorders including Parkinson’s Disease, headaches, dementias including Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and other general neurological problems.

    Dr. Jacob provides several diagnostic testing services including electromyography (EMG), which measures the electrical impulses of muscles at rest and during contraction; nerve conduction studies (NCS), which determine how well individual nerves can transmit electrical signals; and electroencephalography (EEG), a test in which the electrical signals of the brain are recorded.

    Dr. Jacob developed an interest in medicine from an early age. “As long as I can remember I wanted to go into medicine,” she said. “There are a lot of doctors in my family and I have always felt that being a doctor is a very noble profession.”

    “Neurology in particular interested me from the beginning of medical school because of all the complexities involved with the functions of the brain,” she continued. “From the very beginning, the diseases that I saw were all very intriguing. I was always interested in how the body works and since the brain controls virtually every other organ system, neurology was a natural choice.”

    Some of the common diagnoses Dr. Jacob sees include peripheral neuropathy, myopathy and motor-neuron disease and multiple sclerosis. “I specialize in neuromuscular medicine, the functions of the peripheral nerve and the muscles,” she said. “I also see a lot of stroke and seizures, as well as movement disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease.”

    Dr. Jacob’s philosophy includes keeping the patient informed and aware of both the diagnosis and the treatment options. “I treat my patients the same way I would want my own family treated,” she said. “I feel it is important to get the test results to the patient as soon as they are available to alleviate the anxiety of not knowing what is going on. It is also important to me that patients and their families be involved in every aspect of the treatment process.”

    According to Dr. Jacob, progress made in both detection and treatment of neurological diseases is leading to better patient outcomes. “There are a lot of advances being made in the area of neurology including the integration of neurology with psychology,” she said. “There has been a tremendous amount of promising research into finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease alone.”

    Some of the symptoms which may indicate the need for a neurologist include persistent headaches, tingling, numbness and weakness, trouble with balance, dizziness or vertigo. “With neurology, every case is unique,” she said. “Often the same disease will present itself differently in many different situations. As a doctor, I take each patient’s entire health picture as a whole and integrate how the brain and central nervous system work to get a true picture of what is really going on.”

    Before relocating to Rome, Dr. Jacob was an attending neurologist at Skaggs Regional Medical Center in Branson, MO. She received her medical degree from the University of Calicut, Kerala, India. She completed her internship and residency in neurology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, where she was chief resident. She also completed a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular medicine at the University of Tennessee.

    Originally from Kochi, India, Dr. Jacob cites the need for a neurologist in the area as well as the atmosphere of the Mohawk Valley as major reasons for moving into the area. “I love this area because it has the feel of a small town and is a wonderful place to raise a family,” she said. She lives in Rome with her husband and son.

    Dr. Jacob is accepting new patients. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 356-7380.