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Melissa Motta, Md

Assistant Professor
Neurology
University of Maryland Medical Center
United States of America

Biography

Dr. Motta was born and raised in Panama. She attended Williams College in Williamstown, MA prior to receiving MD and MPH degrees from The George Washington University School of Medicine and Public Health in Washington, DC. She completed an internship in Internal Medicine and a Neurology Residency at Johns Hopkins and stayed on to complete a 2-year fellowship in Neurocritical Care. During her training, she also received a certificate in Clinical Investigation from The Bloomberg School of Public Health and was a recipient of an NINDS R25 Research Education Grant. Dr. Motta is interested in health services research, specifically trying to better understand the end result of practices and interventions on quality of life and other self-reported measures which are important to patients; improving access to care and health disparities in patients with stroke; and promoting patient and family centered care in patients with neurological injury. She developed a Neuro Recovery Clinic (NRC) where she sees patients after discharge from the Neurocritical Care Unit. The NRC supports patients and families through the physical, emotional and psychological recovery after critical illness utilizing multidisciplinary guideline driven care to help patients recover to their fullest potential.

Research Interest

Neurointensive care, Stroke, Health Services Research, Patient Reported Outcomes Research, Patient and Family Centered Care.

Publications

  • Sch├╝tz C, Stover JF, Thompson HJ, Hoover RC, Morales DM, Schouten JW, McMillan A, Soltesz K, Motta M, Spangler Z, Neugebauer E, McIntosh TK. Acute, transient hemorrhagic hypotension does not aggravate structural damage or neurologic motor deficits but delays the long-term cognitive recovery following mild to moderate traumatic brain injury. Crit Care Med. 2006 Feb;34(2):492-501.

  • Thakur KT, Motta M, Asemota AO, Kirsch HL, Benavides DR, Schneider EB, McArthur JC, Geocadin RG, Venkatesan A. Predictors of outcome in acute encephalitis. Neurology. 2013 Aug 27;81(9):793-800.

  • Motta M, Ramadan A, Hillis AE, Gottesman RF, Leigh R. Diffusion-perfusion mismatch: an opportunity for improvement in cortical function. Front Neurol. 2015 Jan 14;5:280.

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