MSU HealthTeam Announces Neuro-Ophthalmology Research And Fellowship Program Directors Nanos Fellow Induction

May 24, 2019


Lina Nagia, DO, Michigan State University Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology and HealthTeam neurologist has been inducted as a fellow of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society. Nagia is board certified in ophthalmology and has been a member of NANOS for six years, frequently presenting at the organization’s annual meeting.

Nagia is known nationally for her work in neurology and ophthalmology. After completing her osteopathic degree at Des Moines University, Nagia completed a residency in ophthalmology and two fellowships in medical retina and neuro-ophthalmology.  Nagia joined the MSU Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology in December 2016.

Neuro-ophthalmology is a specialty that’s concerned with visual symptoms resulting from brain diseases. The eyes take in the information, but it is the brain that allows us to see it. Her clinical practice focuses on neuro ophthalmology including ischemic optic neuropathy, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, cranial neuropathies and provides botulinum toxin injections. She focuses her research interests on optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging of the optic nerve head and surrounding retina in neuro-ophthalmic conditions, mainly ischemic optic neuropathy. Nagia also directs the neuro-ophthalmology research and fellowship programs.  

“It’s a privilege to be recognized for my dedication to neuro-ophthalmology by the NANOS Membership Committee,” said Nagia. “It’s an honor to be acknowledged for providing excellent care for patients as well as teaching students and advancing scientific knowledge through research. Obtaining fellowship status within the organization will allow me to eventually play a more active role in leading the organization and advocating for our subspecialty.”

Nagia has done extensive research of myasthenia gravis, a disorder that affects the communication between muscles and nerves in the eye. It can create fatiguing that causes double vision or droopy eyelids and can severely affect other muscles in the body, hindering swallowing and breathing, and can sometimes be deadly. Her studies focused on the transition of myasthenia gravis affecting other parts of the body besides the eye. Nagia’s published work on this study contributed to her NANOS fellow induction.

“Lina Nagia’s confirmation as a fellow within the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society is testimony, at a national level, of her clinical excellence and outstanding scientific and educational contributions to the discipline of neuro-ophthalmology,” said David Kaufman, associate dean and chair of the Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology. “It is a privilege to work alongside her every day here at MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.”