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Neuroscience PhD at Wake Forest University at Wake Forest University

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Michael Cartwright

Michael Cartwright
Dr. Cartwright is a physician in the Department of Neurology, with expertise in neuromuscular disorders.  He sees patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), muscular dystrophy, polyneuropathy, Guillain-Barre syndrome, myasthenia gravis, and other neuromuscular conditions.  His main research interest is in peripheral nerve and muscle imaging in neuromuscular conditions, and the majority of his research uses high-resolution ultrasound to image nerve and muscle.  He is also involved in projects to explore the earliest changes in ALS, to develop biomarkers for patients with ALS, clinical treatment trials for ALS, and to design treatments for muscular dystrophy.


Translational studies in humans and the mouse model of ALS to determine the earliest detectable changes in the disease. Carpal tunnel syndrome in Latino poultry workers: documentation of incidence and prevalence and determination of factors predicting the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. Neuromuscular ultrasound in focal neuropathies: using ultrasound to improve diagnosis and treatment of nerve conditions. Treatment trials in ALS: involved in several clinical trials to assess potential ALS treatments. Neuromuscular ultrasound to assess critical illness polyneuromyopathy. Neuromuscular ultrasound in extremes of age, height, and weight.


White DL, Rees CJ, Butler SG, Tatter SB, Markley LW, Cartwright MS. Positional dysphagia secondary to a Chiari I malformation. Ear Nose Throat J. 2010; 89(7):318-319.   Strowd RE, Cartwright MS, Okun MS, Haq I, Siddiqui MS. Pseudobulbar affect: prevalence and quality of life impact in movement disorders. J Neurol. 2010; 257(8):1382-1387.   Yoon JS, Walker FO, Cartwright MS. Ulnar neuropathy with normal electrodiagnosis and abnormal nerve ultrasound. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2010; 91(2):318-320.   Walker FO, Alter KE, Boon AJ, Cartwright MS, Flores VH, Hobson-Webb LD, Hunt CH, Primack SJ, Shook SJ. Qualifications for practitioners of neuromuscular ultrasound: position statement of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Muscle Nerve. 2010; 42(3):442-444.   Strowd RE, Cartwright MS, Passmore LV, Ellis TL, Tatter SB, Siddiqui MS. Weight change following deep brain stimulation for movement disorders. J Neurol. 2010; 257(8):1293-1297.   Vishwajit S, Patel B, Herco M, Siddiqui M, Cartwright M, Badlani G. The effect of deep brain stimulation on voiding dysfunction in Parkinson's disease and essential tremor [abstract]. Neurourol Urodyn. 2009; 28(7):612.   Chipman JN, Mott RT, Stanton CA, Cartwright MS. Ultrasonographic Tinel sign. Muscle Nerve. 2009; 40(6):1033-1035.   Caress JB, Hobson-Webb L, Passmore LV, Finkbiner AP, Cartwright MS. Case-control study of thromboembolic events associated with IV immunoglobulin. J Neurol. 2009; 256(3):339-342.   Chloros GD, Cartwright MS, Walker FO, Wiesler ER. Sonography and electrodiagnosis in carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosis, an analysis of the literature [letter]. Eur J Radiol. 2009; 71(1):141-143.   Cartwright MS, White DL, Miller LM III, Roach ES. Recurrent stroke in a child with incontinentia pigmenti. J Child Neurol. 2009; 24(5):603-605.   Vishwajit S, Patel B, Herco M, Siddiqui M, Cartwright M, Badlani G. The incidence of voiding difficulity and constipation in patients with essential tremor compared to Parkinson's disease [abstract]. Neurourol Urodyn. 2009; 28(7):612-613.   Yoshikawa M, Vinsant S, Mansfield CM, Gifondorwa DJ, Pace L, Messi LM [sic] [Messi ML], Caress J, Cartwright M, Delbono O, Oppenheim RW, Milligan CE, et al. Identification of changes in muscle, neuromuscular junctions and spinal cord at early pre-symptomatic stages in the mutant SOD1 mouse model of ALS may provide novel insight for diagnosis and treatment development [abstract]. Soc Neurosci Abstr. 2009; 2009(Neuroscience Meeting Planner):.   Strowd RE, Bajaj S, Cartwright MS, Ellis TL, Nawaz KH, Tatter SS, Siddiqui MS. Risk factors for intracranial hemorrhage during deep brain stimulation surgery [abstract]. Mov Disord. 2009; 24(Suppl 1):S474.   Cartwright MS, Shin HW, Passmore LV, Walker FO. Ultrasonographic reference values for assessing the normal median nerve in adults. J Neuroimaging. 2009; 19(1):47-51.   Cartwright MS, Brown ME, Eulitt P, Walker FO, Lawson VH, Caress JB. Diagnostic nerve ultrasound in Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1B. Muscle Nerve. 2009; 40(1):98-102.   Yoon JS, Walker FO, Cartwright MS. Ultrasonographic swelling ratio in the diagnosis of ulnar neuropathy at the elbow. Muscle Nerve. 2008; 38(4):1231-1235.   Cartwright MS, Passmore LV, Yoon J-S, Brown ME, Caress JB, Walker FO. Cross-sectional area reference values for nerve ultrasonography. Muscle Nerve. 2008; 37(5):566-571.   Yoon JS, Hong S-J, Kim B-J, Kim SJ, Kim JM, Walker FO, Cartwright MS. Ulnar nerve and cubital tunnel ultrasound in ulnar neuropathy at the elbow. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2008; 89(5):887-889.   Cartwright MS, Shin HW, Passmore LV, Walker FO. Ultrasonographic findings of the normal ulnar nerve in adults. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2007; 88(3):394-396.   Cartwright MS, Jefffery DR, Lewis ZT, Koty PP, Stewart WT, Molnar I. Mitoxantrone for multiple sclerosis causing acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Neurology. 2007; 68(19):1630-1631.   Ginn SD, Cartwright MS, Chloros GD, Walker FO, Yoon J-S, Brown ME, Wiesler ER. Ultrasound in the diagnosis of a median neuropathy in the forearm: case report. J Brachial Plex Peripher Nerve Inj. 2007; 2():article 23.   Jen JC, Klein A, Boltshauser E, Cartwright MS, Roach ES, Mamsa H, Baloh RW. Prolonged hemiplegic episodes in children due to mutations in ATP1A2. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2007; 78(5):523-526.   Cartwright MS, Chloros GD, Walker FO, Wiesler ER, Campbell WW. Diagnostic ultrasound for nerve transection. Muscle Nerve. 2007; 35(6):796-799.   Cartwright MS, Moore PS, Donofrio PD, Iskandar SS, Stratta RJ. Acute sensory neuropathy associated with rabbit antithymocyte globulin. Am J Transplant. 2007; 7(2):484-486.   Yoon JS, Kim BJ, Kim SJ, Kim JM, Sim KH, Hong SJ, Walker FO, Cartwright MS. Ultrasonographic measurements in cubital tunnel syndrome. Muscle Nerve. 2007; 36(6):863-855.   Cartwright MS, Hickling WH, Roach ES. Ischemic stroke in an adolescent with arterial tortuosity syndrome. Neurology. 2006; 67(2):360-361.   Wiesler ER, Chloros GD, Cartwright MS, Shin HW, Walker FO. Ultrasound in the diagnosis of ulnar neuropathy at the cubital tunnel. J Hand Surg [Am]. 2006; 31(7):1088-1093.   Cartwright MS, Chloros GD, Walker FO, Wiesler ER, Campbell WW. Diagnostic ultrasound for nerve transection [abstract]. Ann Neurol. 2006; 60(5):636.