Josh Turknett, M.D.
This is the page where I do my least favorite thing on earth… talk about myself.
I graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.S. in Neuroscience & Behavior in 1997 and received my M.D. from Emory University Medical School in 2001. After medical school, I was fortunate enough to spend four incredible years in residency training with my Neurology heroes (Ken Heilman, Ed Valenstein, Steve Nadeau, Bob Watson) at Shands hospital at the University of Florida. Nowadays, I practice Neurology in Atlanta, GA where I am also a clinical researcher in the areas of acute stroke, dementia, parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, epilepsy, and migraine.
For more on why I started this blog, see my first post.
Outside of my professional life, I love to play music, and am particularly fond of… er… obsessed with, the 5-string banjo. I occasionally play around town in an old-time stringband called The Sedentary Ramblers and have released an album of banjo tunes for kids. For those who are also into Appalachian old-time music, I run the www.oldtimejam.com website. As a means of merging my two primary interests, I write a column for the Banjo Newsletter entitled “Your Brain on Banjo,” where I discuss how banjoists can make the most of the brain’s adaptive potential, and why we drool so much.
In fairness, I also enjoy playing fiddle, guitar, piano, and spoons. I’d love to learn the hambone, but can’t seem to find one on ebay.
If all goes according to plan with this blog, soon the world will be rid of chronic disease, leaving me with no patients and nothing to do all day but play the banjo. Worse things have happened.
Changing to an ancestral way of eating also led to the disappearance of my migraines, as it has with many others who’ve changed their diets similarly. I’ve since used this strategy to great effect with patients, and have written a book on the subject.