Roger W. Kula, M.D., FAAN, is a neurologist board certified in neuromuscular medicine and is the medical director of the Chiari Neurosurgical Center at Neurological Surgery, P.C. His interests in neuromuscular medicine include the study and treatment of autoimmune neuromuscular diseases, motor neuron diseases, and muscular dystrophy, as well as the diverse and subtle neurological symptoms plaguing Chiari and syringomyelia patients.
A native of Chicago, IL, Dr. Kula received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. He completed an internal medicine internship at New York Hospital – Cornell University. His neurology residency training began at the H.C. Moffit Hospital, University of California – San Francisco and was completed at the Medical Neurology Branch of the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, Bethesda, MD.
In 1977, Dr. Kula returned to New York to establish a neuromuscular disease program at the State University of New York (SUNY-Downstate) School of Medicine and was appointed Assistant Professor of Neurology. He received American Board Certification in Internal Medicine in 1975, followed by certification in Psychiatry and Neurology in 1977. Dr. Kula went on to establish one of the most clinically active Muscular Dystrophy Association, Inc. clinics in the Tri-State area. He was recognized for his dedication to the clinical care of patients by being named the first recipient of the Muscular Dystrophy Assocation’s Ade T. Milhorat Humanitarian Award in 1998.
In 1991, Dr. Kula was appointed Chairman of Neurology at the Long Island College Hospital (LICH) while continuing to serve as Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology and Vice Chairman of the Academic Department at SUNY-Downstate.
Sharing a common interest in syringomyelia and Chiari malformation syndrome, Dr. Kula began an increasingly close collaboration with Thomas Milhorat, M.D., of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish (North Shore-LIJ) health system during the 1990’s. In 2003, he was named medical director of The Chiari Institute at North Shore-LIJ. In 2008, Dr. Kula was one of the first 100 neurologists to achieve board certification in the subspecialty of Neuromuscular Medicine. He joined Neurological Surgery, P.C., in 2016 to act as medical director of the Chiari Neurosurgical Center.
Recognized as a Fellow in the American Academy of Neurology, Dr. Kula has served on the physician panels of the American Syringomyelia Alliance Project, Chiari and Syringomyelia Foundation, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Neuropathy Association, the National Fibromyalgia Association, and the Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome Associations. He has been a funded investigator with grants supported by the American Syringomyelia Alliance Project, The Muscular Dystrophy Association, and numerous pharmaceutical groups such as Abbot Labs, Amgen, Burroughs-Welcome, and Regeneron.
Dr. Kula has been distinguished among his peers by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. For more than 15 years as one of America’s “Top Doctors.” He has also been included in New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors in New York” list.