Nivedita U. Jerath, MD, MS

Dr. Jerath’s utmost priority is to take care of her patients and she feels it is her responsibility to do the best for them. She loves helping others and treating her patients like her own family.

Dr. Jerath grew up in Augusta, Georgia, where her mother was also a neurologist. Dr. Jerath was Salutatorian of her high school and competed nationally in tennis; she was fortunate to attend Harvard College, where her passion for helping others solidified. She was nominated for the Ames public service award, because she was very enthusiastic in volunteering and helping others in college. After college, she spent one year as a personal fitness trainer in Augusta helping others lose weight. She then went to Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota where she won multiple awards including the Alpha Omega Alpha scholarship for her research in gender differences in stroke. After medical school, she completed the Partners Neurology Residency program at Harvard University where she won multiple Harvard Medical School teaching awards. She then moved to Iowa City to join her husband, where she furthered her training in clinical neurophysiology, neuromuscular medicine, and hereditary neuropathies (CMT). She won the Muscular Dystrophy Clinical Research Training Award at the University of Iowa, which allowed her to study driving ability in those with hereditary neuropathy and to complete a Masters in Translational Biomedicine.

After the completion of 18 years of training in the Northeast and Midwest, she is thrilled to be back in the South and to join the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. She loves the city and the people and is looking forward to serve the Gainesville Community as well as the surrounding areas.

Dr. Jerath has created the peripheral neuropathy clinic here at UF.  She has been selected by her patients to be the director of the Charcot Marie Tooth Clinic at the University of Florida, which has now achieved a center of excellence for the Charcot Marie Tooth Association and the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation.  For more information, click here.

Clinical Interests

General Neurology, Neuromuscular Medicine, Peripheral Neuropathy, Clinical Neurophysiology, neurogenetics, and Charcot Marie Tooth Disease

Research Interests

Dr. Jerath’s research interests include research on both hereditary and acquired peripheral neuropathies. She is also interested in developing assistive devices to help those who have lost function in neuromuscular diseases.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Jerath enjoys teaching all aspects of neurology.

Awards and Recognition

Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinical Research Training Award
University of Iowa “Making a Difference” Award
Harvard Medical School/MGH Principal Clinical Experience Teaching Award
Roland P. Mackay Award for the best essay in historical aspects of neurology

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Neurology
Peripheral Nerve Society
American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Medical Education

Mayo Medical School, Rochester, MN – 2008

Residency

Partners Neurology Residency Program at Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital – 2012

Internship

Internal Medicine Residency , University of Illinois, Peoria, IL – 2009

Fellowship

Clinical Neurophysiology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA – 2013
Neuromuscluar Diseases, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA – 2014

Additional Education

Masters in Translational Biomedicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA – 2016

Select Publications

Jerath NU, Crockett CD, Moore SA, et al. Rare Manifestation of a c.290 C>T, p.Gly97Glu VCP Mutation. Case reports in genetics 2015;2015:239167.

Jerath NU, Strader SB, Reddy CG, Swenson A, Kimura J, Aul E. Factors influencing aversion to specific electrodiagnostic studies. Brain and Behavior. 2014 May.

Jerath NU, Shy ME, Grider T, Gutmann L. A case of neuromyotonia and axonal motor neuropathy: A report of a HINT 1 mutation in the United States. Muscle & nerve 2015.

Jerath, N. U., & Shy, M. E. (2017). Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1C: Clinical and electrophysiological findings for the c.334G>a (p.Gly112Ser) LITAF/SIMPLE mutation. Muscle Nerve. doi: 10.1002/mus.25600.

Jerath NU, Gutmann L, Reddy CG, Shy ME. Charcot-marie-tooth disease type 1X in women: Electrodiagnostic findings. Muscle & nerve. 2016. Epub 2016/02/14.

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Testimonials

“Those that may ask the question as to why you should visit a CMT Center of Excellence. I have for many years attended on an annual basis our local MDA clinic staffed by Neurologists familiar with CMT. My clinical diagnosis was always believed to be that of CMT1.

At our recent Tampa Bay Area CMTA meeting I had the opportunity of meeting Dr. Jerath from the newly appointed CMT Center of Excellence located in Gainesville, Florida and was very impressed by her presentation.  I scheduled an appointment and recently was seen by Dr. Jerath at the Center of Excellence. After a few minutes of background history and a few tests to determine my CMT neuropathy score, she felt that I may actually have CMT2A. I was given a genetic test kit to submit. From that appointment she scheduled me for an EMG and NCV test. I also visited with a PT & OT who gave me some good suggestions and tools to assist with everyday living. From there we visited their research lab where approval is pending for several CMT studies. It was a long day, but very educational.

Yesterday I received the results of my genetic testing and Dr. Jerath was spot on. I present CMT2A with mutation of the MFN2 gene. After sixty-years I now have a definitive answer.

If the opportunity presents, I highly recommend those that can to visit a CMT Center of Excellence.”


“I consider meeting you yesterday a great blessing… and an answer to prayer.. my friends and I  were praying that I would like you and that you would be kind.. and helpful.. and.. that prayer was definetly answered.  Thank you for your time and concern..when you’re dealing with patients that might not have much available to them for treatment, when you are dealing with patients that  might not be able to get rid of the illness they deal with …. being kind, attentive and concerned is an incredible gift you can give to that patient and you do it incredibly well..thank you again… “
 

“Walking down a bumpy road”

written for Dr. Nivedita Jerath by one of her patients

My family is sick…so many have died

I know something is wrong, I feel it inside

I was so afraid to walk down this road

The one to the hospital where all “Bad” is told

 

My family is cursed, but why? And with what?

Canes, walkers, handicap bars, wheelchairs and lifts—

None of these are a welcomed gift

 

Blood tests, biopsies, EMG’s, DNA and genes…

All of these tests are scary things!

My appointment was scheduled at 1:45, my sweet loving daughter was right by my side. At 5 pm the clinic closed and there we sat. My doctor forgot me and she refused to come back.

But a blessed Angel came into my life that day.

Her name is Dr. Nivedita Jerath

She is more than a doctor.

She is more than a friend.

She gave me a back a reason to live.

She stopped and listened when no one else would.

When I said, “I CAN’T!”, she told me “I could”.

She never gave up –she searched day and night. She pleaded with the staff at U of I.

Even when she moved 1200 miles away, our burden was with her every step of the way.

She is determined to find a cause and a cure.

The cause has been found, now to work on a cure.

She worked hours on end with no pay. Just because she has a passion and a big caring heart.

She continues to search for the cure. If anyone can find it- I know it will be her.

Our Bumpy road in the beginning turned into a pot of gold.

We love you Dr. Nive Jerath!