ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NY – Joseph J. Moreira, M.D. has been elected to the national board of directors of the American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring. Dr. Moreira is an attending neurologist with Neurological Surgery, P.C. (NSPC), one of the Northeast’s premier neurosurgical private practices. He is a resident of Manhasset, NY.
“Our physicians hold leadership positions with some of the nation’s most prestigious professional and scientific societies, and serve as departmental chairs, directors and chiefs in many of the region’s best hospitals,” said NSPC’s CEO, Michael H. Brisman, M.D., F.A.C.S. “Dr. Moreira’s being named to this board is one more indication of NSPC’s leadership in its field.”
A fellowship-trained, board-certified neurologist, Dr. Moreira specializes in intraoperative neurophysiology, the science of evaluating the integrity of the nervous system during surgery. The brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves are evaluated and tested during the course of various interventional procedures. Practicing at a number of Long Island hospitals, Dr. Moreira and his team of neurophysiologists are present in the operating room and communicate directly with the surgical team during surgery.
“This is a great honor for me, as this is one of the leading organizations serving my profession,” said Dr. Moreira. “I look forward to working alongside the field’s leaders to help uphold the highest standards and enhance patient safety.”
The American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring (ASNM) was founded in 1990 to serve the emerging field of neurophysiologic monitoring. As defined by the Society, neurophysiologic monitoring includes “any measure employed to assess the ongoing functional integrity of the central or peripheral nervous system in the operating theatre or other acute care setting.” The Society is dedicated to the advancement of quality neurophysiologic monitoring services for protection of the central nervous system.
According to the ASNM, intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring has evolved over the last several decades. Its mission is protection of the patient’s nervous system. Neurophysiologic signals are monitored continuously during surgery for adverse changes, detection of which enables corrective action. This monitoring helps reduce the risk of postoperative neurological deficits, such as weakness, loss of sensation, hearing loss and impairment of other bodily functions.
Dr. Moreira received his undergraduate degree from St. Francis College, Brooklyn, and his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada. He completed his internship in internal medicine and his residency in neurology and neuromuscular research/clinical neurology at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center (Manhattan). Dr. Moreira then completed fellowships in electromyography and neuromuscular disease at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Among the honors he has received are the Rizzo Award and the St. Vincent’s Alumni Research Award.
Prior to joining NSPC, Dr. Moreira was Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology at New York Medical College and served as the director of both the electromyography lab and intraoperative neurophysiology service at St. Vincent’s Hospital. He has expertise in evaluating and treating disorders of the spine and neuromuscular system.
Dr. Moreira’s work has been published extensively, and presented at major scientific gatherings including American Academy of Neurology (AAN) meetings. He is a member of AAN and the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.