Michael T. Andary, MD, MS, is the recipient of the AANEM’s 2014 Distinguished Physician Award, which recognizes a member’s superior achievements as a clinician, educator, and association volunteer. “I am extremely honored to receive this award,” said Dr. Andary.
“There is little doubt that my involvement in the AANEM changed my career for the better, opening doors and allowing me to meet and learn from people from all over the world,” said Dr. Andary. “It has been extremely valuable interacting with both physiatrists and neurologists. Learning from both disciplines has given me a much broader and diverse perspective on medical problems and electrodiagnosis.”
During his career, Dr. Andary has served as AANEM president and on several committees including Finance, Annual Meeting Coordination, Program, Professional Practice, and currently as a member of the Normative Data Task Force. He served as a board member for the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine from 2002-04 and 2013-14 and sat on the Muscle & Nerve
and Clinical Neurophysiology
While there have been many changes to the field of EDX/NM medicine since Dr. Andary started practicing, including sterilization techniques, online literature searches, and the ability to replay recruitment, fibrillations, and motor unit analysis, “There are so many things that have not changed. The basic waveforms, velocity of nerves, and the neurophysiology are similar. We still have difficulty assessing motor units and recruitment,” said Dr. Andary.
Dr. Andary was one of the lead authors in the development of the AANEM carpal tunnel syndrome practice parameter and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ practice guidelines for the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome. He also has contributed research and literature on radiculopathy and has been an active member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
In the future, “We must continue to improve the overall quality and standardization of electrodiagnostic testing, which should improve patient outcomes,” Dr. Andary noted. “I see the AANEM as uniquely positioned to improve the quality of our labs and to disseminate information on the normal values and standardization of nerve conduction studies and EMG.”
Dr. Andary is a professor at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM), where he has taught since 1988.
AANEM Achievement Awards
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