Meet Dr. Shailesh Reddy, our board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM& R) specialist. PM&R is a medical specialty that focuses on maximizing function and quality of life given the impairments, disabilities, and challenges of various disease processes. Dr. Reddy is also board certified in electrodiagnostic medicine.
He is especially passionate about treating the following neuromuscular diseases:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)
- Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy (CMT)
- Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
- Congenital myasthenia syndromes (CMS)
- Myasthenia gravis
- Immune-mediated polyneuropathies
Here are Some Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Dr. Reddy
Why did you specialize in P M & R?
I discovered that PM&R is a field where you for the most part get to see patients improve and get better. This positive outlook on optimizing quality of life in the face of disabilities and handicaps appealed to me.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Seeing patients with rare degenerative diseases living their lives to the fullest is the most rewarding part of the job and one that PM&R is especially suited to. Our field is on the cusp of many breakthroughs for diseases that have long been untreatable, so it is a very exciting time to be involved in clinical research as well.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
The bureaucracy of medicine is easily the most challenging part because sometimes my hands are tied with how much I’m able to help patients due to different insurance regulations.
Why did you choose to work at Austin Neuromuscular Center?
Dr Hussain was a mentor to me in residency, particularly after I decided to pursue a neuromuscular fellowship. I decided to team up with him after my training because I believe he has built the foundation of the most unique neuromuscular medicine practice in the country in an area that was desperately lacking in these services.
Why did you choose to practice medicine in Austin?
I did my residency here and grew to love the city. It’s the most dog-friendly city in the country, which I think is perfect for my pup. I love being able to go outside and have Lady Bird Lake as my backyard. That never gets old!
What would your patients be surprised to learn about you?
This is probably not a surprise as most of my patients know that I am obsessed with my dog, Fritz, as well as all things Michigan sports related. They may be surprised to learn that I recently competed in my first Camp Gladiator games competition and look forward to doing it again next year.