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WEBINAR | Creating a Comprehensive COVID Center at Northwestern Medicine
June 9, 2022, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT
Igor Koralnik, MD, Chief of Neuro-infectious Disease and Global Neurology, Marc Sala, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and Tom Moran, MD, VP & Chief Medical Information Executive, Northwestern Medicine. From the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, clinicians at Northwestern Medicine recognized that many COVID-related symptoms, such as “brain fog,” fatigue, chest discomfort, and respiratory impairment tended to be prolonged or to reoccur even after a mild acute illness that did not require hospitalization. This would become more widely recognized as “Long Haul COVID.” Starting in May, 2020, Dr. Koralnik opened a Neuro-COVID-19 clinic at NM to treat Long COVID patients with neurologic symptoms. In September 2020, Drs. Koralnik and Charles Davidson, as well as colleagues created the NM Comprehensive COVID-19 Center (CCC) and developed a referral program where these patients could be seen and treated in relevant specialty clinics across the enterprise. Dr. Sala joined this effort to further the pulmonology clinical efforts and additional research objectives. As of 3/28/2022, the NM Comprehensive COVID Center has seen over 1800 individual patients including 1243 in the Neuro-COVID-19 clinic. With the help of NM IT department, they have developed an app that allows the patients with Neurologic symptoms to track their own progress towards recovery against their initial pre-COVID baseline and monitor their COVID-related Neurologic symptoms. This informal conversation, moderated by Dr. Moran, discusses how this center was formed, how this has become an ongoing sustained effort and led to research studies on Long COVID, and the patterns they are seeing in patient recovery.