Dr. Charlene Hafer-Macko was recently named as MGFA's 2008 Doctor of the Year. Dr. Hafer-Macko is an associate professor of Neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the medical director of the Myasthenia Gravis Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She also serves as the co-director of the Neuromuscular Fellowship and the Director of the Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center Neuromuscular Service .
Nominated by the Maryland/Delaware/DC chapter of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, Dr. Hafer-Macko is recognized for her personal commitment and contributions in supporting the work and vision of MGFA.
Dr. Hafer-Macko's research focuses on skeletal muscle alterations after chronic stroke and the impact of exercise rehabilitation on these skeletal muscles' structural and metabolic abnormalities. She is extending these research interests to clinical research trials of exercise rehabilitation for individuals with other neuromuscular conditions associated with aging, including myasthenia gravis and diabetic and other peripheral neuropathies.
Dr. Hafer-Macko received her medical degree at UCLA. Following her residency at UCLA, she completed fellowships at UCLA (Neuromuscular) and Johns Hopkins University (Peripheral Nerve).
The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) is the only national volunteer health agency dedicated solely to the fight against myasthenia gravis. MGFA has over 27 Chapters around the United States serving patients and their families and caregivers through support groups and programs.
Further information on MGFA and myasthenia gravis is available on line at www.myasthenia.org
(courtesy of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America)