PLATTSBURGH — The newly opened practice of Dr. Boris Chulpayev in Plattsburgh has brought a much-needed specialty to the region.
As a neurologist, Chulpayev fills a void in providing neurological care for the community on a full-time basis.
“There has been a shortage of neurologists in the area,” Chulpayev said from this office on the CVPH Medical Center campus at 206 Cornelia St. recently.
“I felt there was a big need for neurological services here,” he said of his decision to open a practice in the greater Plattsburgh community.
Neurology is the study and treatment of conditions involving the nervous system, and ranges from headaches to Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS).
“Neurology is a very vast field,” Chulpayev said. “We’re here to provide the best care for patients no matter what kind of disease they may have.
“It’s a rapidly growing field,” he added. “Over the past 10 years, there have been major breakthroughs in neurological therapies. We’re on the cutting edge of many exciting new treatments for those diseases.”
A major role of the neurologist is to correctly diagnose conditions so that the best treatment plans can be established, Chulpayev explained, whether it’s the treatment of chronic headaches or the management of ALS.
“A lot of these conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, are more prevalent in older populations,” he said, noting that increased prevalence of many of the diseases he works with are growing simply because people are living longer.
That requires the neurologist to not only have a good relationship with the patient but also with family members and caregivers, he added.
“It’s very important to provide patients and their families with appropriate information to develop a successful treatment plan. We are not only treating the patient but the family as well. It’s important that the family be involved from the beginning.”