JWM Neurology, P.C.
Indianapolis, IN, USA
Industry: Health Care
A member of the American Academy of Neurology, Dr. Patrick Edmund Matoole is among the more than 24,000 physicians who share in the prestigious organization’s mission to “promote the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care.” His interest in the field was piqued while he was in medical school, when most students are sorting out where they belong in medicine. As he comes from a line of physicians who were also involved in neurology, the choice seemed natural. Thus, in 1996, Dr. Matoole earned a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nebraska, and four years later completed a residency in neurology at Creighton University. He now celebrates his 10th year as a physician and neurologist for JWM Neurology, P.C., where he oversees hospital coverage for patients, treats individuals with neurological disorders, and coordinates with the patient care committee.
The field of neurology is vast, as it is the component of medicine that deals with the anatomy, functions, and disorders of nerves and the nervous system. Within this broad field, Dr. Matoole possesses a depth of knowledge in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, stroke, and head injuries. In 2001, he completed a fellowship in electroencephalography and electromyography from the Indiana University School of Medicine. An electroencephalogram, also referred to as EEG, is a test that measures brain electrical activity, mostly used to obtain information that is key to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with epilepsy.
Having entered into the medical profession through the inspiration of his father, a physician, Dr. Matoole ensures that his knowledge remains current by holding memberships to several organizations, including the Indianapolis Medical Society, the Indiana State Medical Association, the American Medical Association, and AANEM. He hopes to be remembered by his peers as someone who is knowledgeable and compassionate. Crediting his successful career to his hard work and dedication, he aspires in the future to expand his current practice. When he is not busy researching new advancements in his field, he enjoys walking, swimming, and traveling.
Conversation with Patrick Edmund Matoole, MD
Worldwide Publishing: On what topic(s) do you consider yourself to be an expert?
Patrick Edmund Matoole: I consider myself an expert in neurological health care, specializing in Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and stroke patients, and dealing with head injuries.
What characteristics help to separate you from your competitors?
I have expert training in epilepsy.
What motivates you?
I enjoy the field that I am in and helping people to get better.
What lessons have you learned as a professional in your field for the past 10 years?
I have learned that compassion for your patients’ problems is necessary in this field.
What short-term and long-term career goals are you currently pursuing?
To continue to be successful and help patients have the best quality of life.
What is the most significant issue facing your profession today?
Recruitment of new positions to match the demand. I think it has to do with the conflict between specialty medicine and primary care. Medical students today are being pushed more toward the primary care field instead of specialty medicine, which detracts from the pool of available candidates.
What do you find to be the most rewarding aspect of your profession?
Helping the patient feel better, and doing what I like and doing it to the best of my ability.
What advice can you offer fellow members or others aspiring to work in your industry?
Work hard — this field is grueling, but it’s rewarding.
Who have been your mentors or people who have greatly influenced you?
I have had several mentors; too many to name.