Dr. Barbara Stryjewska obtained her medical doctorate in 1977 from the Jagiellonian University School of Medicine in Krakow, Poland. After completing her residency in Radiation Oncology, she served as an attending on the Oncology service at the Centre of Oncology at the Curie Memorial Institute in Krakow until her immigration to the United States in 1988, when she retrained in family medicine at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers, NY.
She served as a primary care provider in Baton Rouge, LA until 2002, when she assumed the position of Medical Officer for the National Hansen’s Disease Clinical Center, the only facility in the United States solely devoted to the treatment of leprosy.
In addition to her duties coordinating the overall care of Hansen’s disease patients, Dr. Stryjewska also provides consulting support to physicians and health departments around the country and regularly leads educational seminars on the medical, surgical, and therapeutic management of leprosy. She was invited to lecture at the, Emory, NIH in Bethesda and Harvard Medical School in Boston. In summer 2013 and 2015 she conducted Leprosy Workshop in Kosrae, Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei (Federated States of Micronesia), Republic of Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau and American Territories in Guam and in American Samoa.
Hansen’s Disease in the United States Today
This presentation will include leprosy cases in the United States. The unique clinical features of leprosy, the cardinal signs and the criteria for a presumptive diagnosis. The importance of early diagnosis and treatment to prevent disability. A treatment protocol for uncomplicated leprosy and frequent immunological complications of leprosy that can result in morbidity and disability.
- Participants will learn the unique clinical features of leprosy, the cardinal signs and the criteria for a presumptive diagnosis
- Participants will learn about frequent immunological complications of leprosy resulting in morbidity and disability
- Participants will learn treatment protocols for uncomplicated leprosy, prevention of disability and management of the immunological reactions
- Advances in medical knowledge
- Website Title: Health Resources and Services Administration: National Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) Program: Date Accessed: August 01, 2017.
- Sotiriou, Michael C., Barbara M. Stryjewska, and Carlotta Hill. “Two Cases of Leprosy in Siblings Caused by M. Lepromatosis.” American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 16.0076 (2016): n.pag. Web.
- Marcos, Luis A., MD, MPH, Thomas Dobbs, MD, MPH, Sue Walker, MD, Elizabeth Rose, MD, William Waller, MD, and Barbara M. Stryjewska, MD. “Indigenous Cases of Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) in Southern Mississippi”. Journam MSMA (2015); 189-91.
Core Competencies: 2, 3
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