About Norm Kachuck, MD

I graduated from UCSD in music, worked in and around LA, toured and travelled with various and sundry, ended up in NYC at Juilliard, moved back as neuroscience got the better of me, did some postbacc at UCLA, decided to move from research to medicine, and met Andrea, who was a few years ahead in the same process (she had been a dancer). We married, went through med school, residencies and fellowships at USC. I stayed at USC in neurology practice and neuroimmunology (multiple sclerosis mostly) clinical research. Which I am mostly still doing as a physician. We have three sons; Aaron is working on a PhD in classical philology at Princeton; Sam is at Cornell now, having managed a First at Cambridge in math after his double major honors graduation from Wesleyan Connecticut, and is doing his doctorate in geophysics; and Gabe is here with me right now, in the San Fernando valley, the extrovert of the family, an orator and leader of teenagers. Andrea and I divorced in 2006. I have left USC, taking a break from the nonstop clinical and research work of the lst 25 years. I am writing (and occasionally successfully publishing) pieces on neurology-related policy, ethics and practice issues. I am medical director of a laboratory developing blood testing to assist in multiple sclerosis therapy decision-making. I also have had to figure how to run the family business. I cobbled together a management group and grow a whole lot of avocados now with a lot of help from them and our farming partners. My parents live in Thousand Oaks, CA, and they’re aging gracefully. My brother is happily married, without children, and lives near Santa Cruz, CA. I do play piano and keyboards (search my name on YouTube), and the boys do too, along with a smattering of other instruments with enthusiasm. Have two golden retrievers, one nonstop funlover, Ezra, and a bovine, lazy sort of second one, Madman, compliments of Gail, some wonderful friends and a lovely woman who tolerates me, and a very sweet life all in all...for the time being...

Coming up short at ECTRIMS/ACTRIMS



Medical decisions are not just about the facts: what a life-threatening virus can teach us about empathy, psychology, and the practice of neurology

Accessible at the Neurology Clinical Practice JOurnal website: http://cp.neurology.org/content/2/2/122.short?sid=6f5cb01e-ebbd-4267-8e28-46cbf45113df