Jagannadha 'Jay' Avasarala, MD, PhD

4.4 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 Statement

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

4.4 out of 5
17 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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    Dr. Avasarala is clear and an excellent physician

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    Dr A explains everything we discuss and why, he's must helpful.

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    All good

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    I felt like a Guinea pig with the actions he had the student do with me. My other visits have been great. This one wasted my time and made me uncomfortable

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    Good
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      Doctor explained everything in detailed
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      Very well satisfied.
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      Love Dr. A!
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      Absolutely awful
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      All doctors were very concerned and knowledgeable
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      He let me tell him about all that I had done by *Dr. Henery and let me tell him about what was going on with my eyes and head.
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      Very very blessed and pleased. First time I've in 4 years I have found someone to listen took steps to go above and beyond.
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      The only issue not discussed with treatment was the visual issues I have developed with stairs and my inability to sometimes distinguish where I was on the stairs.
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      He's a little too talkative.
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      I'm confused as I think back to visit. I pulled and read notes. Not what I remember being said.
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      This was my first appointment with Dr Avasarala. It was a strange experience. It left me feeling less optimistic and less cared for than any of the several providers I have dealt with in this clinic over a period of 18 years.
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      Perfect experience!