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Ima M. Ebong, MD

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  • Conditions treated

    Epilepsy,  Neuromuscular disorders,  Neuropathies (e.g. Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease),  Muscle diseases (e.g. muscular dystrophy),  Peripheral nervous system disorders (e.g. myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome)
  • About

    Dr. Ima Ebong evaluates and cares for patients with epilepsy and neuromuscular disorders as part of the expert team at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute.Ebong earned her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and master’s in bioengineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. After working for the Bahamas Ministry of Health, she decided to become a physician and earned her medical degree from the UK College of Medicine. She then completed her residency in neurology and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

    Ebong holds an appointment as an assistant professor of neurology and clinical neurophysiology in the UK College of Medicine. She is an adviser to the College of Medicine’s pipeline program, which develops programs to recruit underrepresented minority high school and college students to UK’s medical school.

    As a member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), Ebong was selected to participate in the AAN’s Diversity Leadership Program in 2019. The program aims to identify, mentor and engage AAN members from underrepresented minority groups for leadership development. Ebong has been actively involved in healthcare diversity efforts for many years. When she was a medical student, Ebong founded University of Kentucky Minority Education Development (UKMED), an annual program designed to recruit premedical students from underrepresented populations to the UK College of Medicine. UKMED is still an active program of the university since its founding in 2010.

    Her clinical interests include general neurology, focal epilepsy, generalized epilepsy, psychogenic non-epileptic seizures, neuropathy, myopathy, motor neuron disease and electrodiagnostics.

    Personal Statement

    My philosophy about being a physician is that my role is not just to treat my patients but also to treat their significant others, families and caretakers. Many of the patients for whom I care have diseases that not only affect them physically but also psychologically, which can impact their relationships with those around them. I take pride in getting to know my patients and their loved ones. I have come to learn that while all patients deserve a physician who is knowledgeable, they cherish one who is also compassionate, understanding and warm. 

    Faculty Rank

    Assistant Professor of Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology

    Degree

    University of Kentucky, College of Medicine

    Residency

    Neurology, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida

    Fellowship

    Clinical Neurophysiology, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida

    Certifications and Special Training

    Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Neurology)

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