In this interview, Dr. Teena Shetty, Brown University undergraduate class of 1995, MD 2000, discusses her experiences as a neurologist in New York City during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Shetty begins by explaining why she chose to participate in the oral history project, noting the value of capturing this moment, particularly as it relates to the emergence of new neurological complications of COVID-19. She details the types of complications she has seen in her patients, including confusion and stroke. She talks about feeling protected, safe, and well-staffed at her hospital, but notes that preparations for a second wave of the virus are necessary. At the end of her interview, Shetty describes being emotionally touched by New Yorkers cheering in the streets at night as a thank you to health care professionals.
Recorded on April 28, 2020 via Zoom
Interviewed by Amanda Knox, Pembroke Center Assistant Archivist
Suggested Chicago style citation: Shetty, Teena. Interview. By Amanda Knox. Pembroke Center Oral History Project, Brown University. April 28, 2020.
Dr. Teena Shetty is a neurologist at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and is triple board certified in neurology, neuromuscular medicine, and electrodiagnostic medicine. She is the Director for the Concussion Program in Neurology at HSS. She specializes in sports neurology, concussions, neuromuscular diseases, myopathies, peripheral neuropathy, intraoperative monitoring, and spine disorders. In addition to directing the concussion program and seeing patients, Dr. Shetty is also an assistant professor of neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr. Shetty is a Fulbright scholar who received her medical degree and bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University. Additionally, she attended Oxford University and then later the University of Cambridge where she received her master of philosophy degree in medicine. Her residency was completed at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Shetty received her fellowship training in neuromuscular diseases at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Soon after, she continued her fellowship training at Hospital for Special Surgery in neuromuscular diseases and intraoperative monitoring.
Dr. Shetty is both the neurologist for the New York Mets and unaffiliated Neuro-Trauma Consultant for the New York Giants. In 2011, Dr. Shetty was featured in Crain’s New York Business “40 under Forty,” an annual listing of 40 successful professionals under the age of 40. She was also featured in the November, 2011 issue of Marie Claire magazine presenting eight inspirational professional women in New York City.
Dr. Shetty is the principal investigator of multiple grants at Hospital for Special Surgery, funded by the GE-NFL Head-Health Initiative, Abbott pharmaceuticals, Perseus/Chembio and TEVA pharmaceuticals. Her research is on imaging biomarkers in mild TBI, blood biomarkers in mild TBI, barriers to concussion recovery, and postoperative neuropathies following arthroplasty.