Jagannadha 'Jay' Avasarala, MD, PhD

4.15 out of 5

Conditions

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neuroimmunological disorders

About

Dr. Jay Avasarala is a neurologist with extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis. Avasarala completed his neurology residency training at New York Medical College/St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers and his fellowship training in multiple sclerosis at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis as a recipient of the National MS Fellowship Award. Following his fellowship training, he went on to become a faculty member at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Early in his career, Avasarala completed a medical internship at the University of Kentucky. Twenty-three years later, he made his way back to UK HealthCare and joined the staff at the UK Kentucky Neuroscience Institute in November 2018. Through his work at KNI, Avasarala hopes to leverage his interests in translational research in MS to the fullest by drawing on the support systems that UK HealthCare has in place. He has a particular interest in studying MS in African Americans as well as the role of vitamin D and bone health in MS, particularly among whites. Additionally, he is working to track disease changes and develop new diagnostic criteria based on changes in the retina as seen on optical coherence tomography, an imaging technique of the retinal layers helpful in determining the progression of MS. His goals include making fundus imaging – retinal photography useful in diagnosing MS – a routine diagnostic tool in outpatient neurology.  

Personal Statment

Growing up in India, I wanted to become a physician not just to help others but also to spend time on developing new ideas to advance care for those we serve. I believe that while a doctor interacts with a patient one-on-one, meaningful research makes it possible to improve people’s lives at the global level.

Faculty Rank

  • Professor of Neurology

Training & Education

Degree

Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, India; Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal, India
PhD in neuroenzymology, Nagoya University School of Medicine, Nagoya, Japan
Post-doctoral program in molecular cytogenetics, Department of Pathology, Wayne
Internship, UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital

Residency

Neurology, New York Medical College/St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center, New York

Fellowship

National MS Fellowship Program, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

Certifications and Special Training

American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Neurology)

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Ratings & Reviews

4.15 out of 5
16 Reviews

The star rating is a calculation based on feedback from our patients using our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Learn more about our survey process. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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    I absolutely love Dr. Avasarala My only regret is that I didn't get to cross paths with him sooner in my MS journey. I feel as though he listens to me and cares about my feelings, as well as my treatment.

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    I have never had the opportunity to have this much time to spend with a doctor, especially a specialist. He actually listened and explained.

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    Very pleasant experience. I actually had things explained and even a breakdown of my MRI's. Think this new neurologist (new to me) is going to actually listen and get me the help I need

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    This doctor did not seem to want to work or consult with any of my other doctors. He seemed as though my questions were not important and that my questions even though he would look into my question he said he did not think they correlate with what is going on with my issues. He seemed to question my diagnosis with MS that Dr. Chalkley and Dr. Frazier were able to diagnose. MS seems like COVID and everything can be a symptom of just an exacerbation of my symptom of MS even if MS is not flared up.

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    The dr has a wonderful professional yet spirited personality. He is honest, caring and spent time with me, he didn't rush. He is one of a kind
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      I like how informed the doctor is on the most recent science and research.
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      Very Good
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      I felt that my concerns were disregarded and that the practitioners were not interested in my personal concerns. They spent more time asking for answers to medical history questions that discussing my feelings and needs. I also felt that the attending did not spend any time asking about my needs. I felt disregarded and dismissed, and that part of this was because of my age and disinterest in my needs and concerns.
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      He never asked me anything about how I felt and my symptoms. He did all the talking, mainly rambling.....looked and mri and concluded I don't have ms. Never asked me if I had any questions or other concerns, just dismissed me after he stopped rambling on and on. Money wasted!
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      Doctor was unprepared for my appointment and didn't appear to know why I was there
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      Good
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      I will never recommend this doctor to anyone. He began the visit happily talking about things "back home" and other things that have nothing to do with me. We talked about all of my new health issues. He scrolled through my MRI photos and he enlarged MAYBE 3 of the images. He did not talk with me about why I was there which was symptoms specific to MS. I started crying while trying to explain how I was feeling and he reached my husband a box of tissues and left the room. When he came back in, he took MY favorite pen that I was using to fill out my paperwork (I assume he thought it belonged to him) and literally pushed us out the door.
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      Really like this doctor!!!
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      Open-minded and honest, willing to consider "outside the box," pleasant or otherwise potential remedies, within the field of fixed focus, or otherwise. I am blessed to be in such hands.
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      I was impressed. For some reason my referral was erroneously made as suspicion of MS, *Dr. A's (Avasarala) speciality. Nevertheless, he & his 3rd yr. resident spent about an hr. with me - thorough exam, review of MRI and answering my questions.
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      Very good