Barrie J. Hurwitz, MB, MRCP, FCP(SA) - Neurology

Dr. Barrie J. Hurwitz reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Dr. Hurwitz is Associate Professor of Neurology and Associate Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He has served as principal investigator on several research projects regarding the treatment of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Dr. Hurwitz is a well-known speaker at national and international neurological conferences and has written or coauthored chapters in books and articles for peer-reviewed medical journals.

Board Certifications

College of Physicians of South Africa (equivalent to American Board of Internal Medicine)
Royal College of Physicians (London, Glasgow, Edinburgh)
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Healthwise Knowledgebase Topics Reviewed

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Bell's Palsy
Guillain-Barré Syndrome
Multiple Sclerosis
Parkinson's Disease
Spina Bifida


MD: Witwatersrand University Medical School, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1968
Internship in Medicine/Surgery, Johannesburg General Hospital, Witwatersrand University Medical School, 1968–1969
Senior House Officer, Medicine/Pediatrics, Johannesburg General Hospital, Witwatersrand University, 1970–1971
Internal Medicine Residency including Cardiology and Neurology Rotations, Johannesburg General Hospital, Witwatersrand University Medical School, 1971–1973
Fellowship: Neurology, Cornell University Medical College, 1974–1976

Academic Appointments

Instructor in Neurology, Cornell University Medical College, 1976–1977
Clinical Assistant Professor in Neurology, Temple University, 1977–1978
Duke University Medical Center:
  • Assistant Professor, Medicine (Neurology), July 1978–January 1985
  • Assistant Professor, Community and Family Medicine, January 1985
  • Associate Professor, Medicine (Neurology) plus Community and Family Medicine, January 1986–present

Hospital Affiliations

Assistant Neurologist, The New York Hospital, 1974–1976
Neurologist, The New York Hospital, 1976–1977
Attending Neurologist, Jeanes Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 1977–1978
Attending Neurologist, The American Oncologic Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 1977–1978
Attending Neurologist, Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC, 1978–present
Attending Neurologist, VA Medical Center, Durham, NC, 1978–present

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Neurology
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Multiple Sclerosis Society

Selected Publications

  1. Cornblath DR, Mellits ED, Griffin JW, et al. (1988). Motor conduction studies in Guillain-Barré syndrome: Description and prognostic value. Annals of Neurology, 23: 354–359.
  2. Greenberg SJ, Marcon L, Hurwitz BJ, et al. (1988). Elevated interleukin-2 receptor levels in chronic progressive multiple sclerosis. New England Journal of Medicine, 319: 1019–1020.
  3. Multiple Sclerosis Study Group (1990). Efficacy and toxicity of cyclosporine in chronic progressive multiple sclerosis: A randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Annals of Neurology, 27: 591–605.

Selected Textbooks

  1. Hurwitz BJ, Bowman M (1988). Neurologic disease. In Cecil Review of Internal Medicine, 4th ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders.
  2. Hurwitz BJ (1996). The art of history taking. In Neurosurgery, 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Financial Disclosure

Compensation for lectures received from:

  • Serono Labs, Inc.
  • Novartis
  • Berlex Laboratories

Last Updated: January 27, 2010

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