Headache, Sleep Disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, and Neck and Low Back Pain cause a huge decrease in the quality of life for tens of millions of people in the United States and worldwide.  Yet many doctors just reach for the script pad when a patient comes in with these disorders, ignoring the root causes of the complaints of patients these disorders.  Worse yet, too much surgery is being done for disorders that could be handled conservatively, in patients with back and neck pain.

We at ThatNeurologyDoc want to make a difference in people's lives with education, so people with symptoms will know what they should be able to expect from their health care professionals to improve quality of life.  Only with education, to reduce unnecessary surgery, unnecessarily expensive testing, and unwanted medication usage, can we improve quality of life and bend the cost curve downward for patients their insurers.

Dr. Rowe’s Bio

drroweDr. Vernon Rowe grew up in the Appalachian mountains of western North Carolina, the son of a Public Health Nurse and High School teacher.

He earned his BS in Chemistry from Duke University, and his MD from the Duke University School of Medicine.  He did his internship at the Harborview Hospital in Seattle and his Neurology Residency at Johns Hopkins.  He was a Research Associate at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, before taking a faculty position at the  University of Kansas School of Medicine, where he remains an Adjunct Professor of Neurology.    He left academics to establish the Mid-America Neuroscience Institute, later re-named the Rowe Neurology Institute, in Lenexa, KS, a suburb of Kansas City.  Dr. Rowe is Board Certified in Neurology, Neuroimaging, Sleep Medicine, and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

He is the author of many papers and abstracts in the scientific and neurologic literature, holds worldwide patents on technology to protect the kidney from the ill effects of chemotherapy drugs and X-Ray contrast dyes, and has participated in over a hundred clinical pharmaceutical trials in the areas of stroke, multiple sclerosis, headache, and sleep medicine.

Dr. Rowe is the author of books of poems, stories, songs, and plays, many of which deal with his experiences in rural Kansas and Missouri clinics which he reached by small plane and helicopter.  His books and an anthology of Kansas City writers that he co-edited are available on the website of Whirlybird Press (www.whirlybirdpress.com).

He sees patients nearly every day, and is active in laboratory as well as clinical research.  He loves family, the arts, horses, and Neurology.