HCA Midwest Physicians
November 15, 2012

Vernita Hairston-Mitchell, MD

Vernita F. Hairston-Mitchell, MD, a physician board certified in neurology and spinal cord medicine, has joined Research Neurology Associates and the staff of Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare network and private-sector employer. Research Neurology Associates is part of Midwest Physicians—a network of experienced, multi-specialty physicians located throughout the greater Kansas City area and part of HCA Midwest Health System. Dr. Hairston-Mitchell has more than 20 years experience in neurology and spinal cord medicine.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Hairston-Mitchell to our healthcare family—another physician committed to providing excellent care and treating simple and complex neurological conditions,” says Kevin J. Hicks, chief executive officer of Research Medical Center.

Fellowship trained in clinical neuromuscular disorders and neuro-rehabilitation, Dr. Hairston-Mitchell’s clinical interests are in treating neuromuscular disorders and multiple sclerosis, electromyography and spinal cord medicine. She has an extensive academic background in addition to her patient care experience, and has served as an assistant professor of neurology for the University of Maryland and University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) schools of medicine and as adjunctive clinical professor at University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Hairston-Mitchell has also presented multiple lectures for the University of Maryland at Baltimore and UMKC medical schools and residency programs.

Dr. Hairston-Mitchell has served as the director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic at Maryland General Hospital, medical director of the Acute Rehabilitation Unit at James Lawrence Kernan Hospital and director of the Electromyography Lab at James Lawrence Kernan Hospital. She is a member of the Academy of Spinal Cord Professionals, the American Academy of Neurology, the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine and the Myasthenia Gravis Association. Dr. Hairston-Mitchell received her medical degree from the University of Maryland Medical School and completed her residency in neurology at Case Western Reserve University. She completed a fellowship in clinical neuromuscular disorders at the University of Pennsylvania’s department of Neurology and a neuro-rehabilitation fellowship at the University of Maryland, training at Montebello Hospital and James Lawrence Kernan Hospital. She is board certified in neurology and in spinal cord medicine.

“I am pleased to partner with my primary care colleagues to meet the neurology needs of patients in the Kansas City area,” says Dr. Hairston-Mitchell. “I have a lifelong passion for treating neuromuscular disorders and neuro-rehabilitation with evidenced-based practices. Working with an excellent medical staff of physicians and well-trained nurses ensures patients receive the high-quality medical care they need.”

For more information or to make an appointment, please call (816) 756-2651 or visit ResearchMedicalCenter.com/midwestneuroscienceinstitute.