Episode 237: Neurology VMR – Slurred Speech

 We continue our campaign to #EndNeurophobia, with the help of Dr. Aaron Berkowitz. This time Dr. Doug Pet presents a case of slurred speech to Angelita and Diane. 

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Doug Pet


Doug is a resident in neurology at UCSF. He grew up surrounded by cow farms and crab-apple trees in New Milford, CT. He completed a dual-degree program at Tufts and the New England Conservatory studying medical anthropology, community health, and jazz saxophone. He later worked for a non-profit in Berkeley, CA on bioethical and social justice issues related to genetic and reproductive technologies. Doug attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, after which he returned to the Bay Area for neurology residency at UCSF. He loves Brazilian music, playing Spikeball, and making custom wooden pens on his lathe.

Angelita Pusparani


 Angelita Pusparani is a junior doctor (2ndY+) working in a small town in Indonesia. She is interested in discussing any cases (from neonate to geriatric), all patients inspire her. In her free time, Angelita is a basketball and marvel fan. She can also be found making a coffee or fried rice.


Diane Lebrun

Diane is an Internal Medicine Physician from Haiti. Her interest in Neurology started when she was a PGY-3 resident at Hopital Universitaire de Mirebalais (HUM), during her rotation in the Neurology Clinic. She has a special interest for Neuro-ICU, clinical reasoning, and medical education. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, listening to faith-based music or podcasts, and dancing.


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