William P. Cheshire Jr., M.D.
William P. Cheshire Jr., M.D., studies autonomic disorders. The autonomic nervous system operates below the level of conscious awareness to finely tune the body's functions and response to stress. Autonomic nerves regulate the "fight or flight" response, maintain blood pressure when standing, and ensure a constant body temperature.
Dr. Cheshire's team makes use of noninvasive autonomic testing to detect and measure the failure of autonomic reflexes. They also conduct clinical trials to assess new treatments for disorders of autonomic nerves, such as small fiber neuropathy, orthostatic hypotension and progressive neurodegenerative conditions.
Dr. Cheshire's research interests also extend to neuroethics and professionalism.
Significance to patient care
Dr. Cheshire and his team employ an evidence-based, scientific approach to investigating patients' symptoms and concerns. On the basis of a careful neurological examination and, when needed, clinical neurophysiologic testing, consultation can determine whether symptoms are due to a disorder of the nervous system and whether they indicate a serious or benign condition. His research efforts aim to advance current knowledge and discover new ways to improve and maintain patients' quality of life.
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