Neuromuscular Division

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Katherine Ruzhanksy 

Katherine Ruzhanksy, M.D., MS

Associate Professor of Neurology
Neuromuscular Division and EMG Lab Director
ALS Clinic Director – ALSA Center of Excellence
Myasthenia Gravis Clinic Director

MUSC Neuromuscular Faculty

Jerome Kurent 

Jerome Kurent, M.D., MPH

Professor, Neurology
Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

Mary Noreen Herring 

Mary Noreen Herring, M.D.

Associate Professor, Neurology

Dr. Sarah R. Breevoort 

Sarah R. Breevoort, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Neurology

Susan Nease 

Susan Nease, DNP


Maysen Mesaros, Certified Genetic Counselor

Alison Line, Clinical Trial Coordinator


EMG Lab Manager: Allison Jones

Roxanne Henry

Lynne Luden

Caroline Magyar

Georgiann Coluccio


The MUSC Neuromuscular Program is a division within the Department of Neurology. Our mission is threefold: (1) to provide comprehensive evaluation and state-of-the-art treatment for patients with neuromuscular diseases based on a multi-disciplinary team approach; (2) to train the next generation of neurologists to be compassionate clinicians and effective teachers with advanced skills in neuromuscular medicine; and (3) to advance scientific knowledge and the care of patients with neuromuscular diseases through collaborative research endeavors.

Neuromuscular Staff

Khieda Richardson-Backman
Administrative Assistant

Academics & Clinical Programs

  • We have one EMG track position every year in the ACGME accredited Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program and one Neuromuscular Medicine/ ALS Fellowship position.
  • Neuromuscular Pathology Conference is a multi-disciplinary, monthly conference to discuss challenging cases, where the clinical presentations are correlated with the diagnostic testing results (blood, imaging, NCS/EMG, nerve or muscle biopsy) to determine the best management plans for the patients.
  • Research and publication opportunities in industry and foundation clinical trials.
  • Fellows and rotating residents are exposed to common neuromuscular and rare neuromuscular diseases with active Myasthenia Gravis, ALS and MDA programs.
  • Clinical rotations for trainees include: consults at MUSC and at Ralph H. Johnson VA , and outpatient Neuromuscular Clinics.
  • The level of clinical responsibilities and independence is graded based on the expected level of competency for trainees.
  • Medical Students rotate in the outpatient neuromuscular clinics with the expectation to enhance clinical skills and are offered an opportunity to pursue research if interested.