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Janet C Rucker, MD Email Janet Rucker

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Janet C. Rucker, MD is Associate Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Ophthalmology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Prior to that, she was Associate Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Ophthalmology at Rush University in Chicago. She received her undergraduate degree from Drury University, Springfield, MO,  where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, and her MD from St. Louis University. She completed an internship in Internal Medicine, a residency in Neurology, and a fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology at Emory University in Atlanta. She is board certified in Neurology. Dr. Rucker joined Mount Sinai School of Medicine in February 2009.

Dr. Rucker's area of clinical practice, research, and academic teaching is Neuro-Ophthalmology. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, where she serves as an executive member of the Neuro-Ophthalmology/Neuro-Otology subsection. She is an active member serving on several committees in the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society, the primary international subspecialty society of Neuro-Ophthalmology. In addition to extensive teaching at the annual meetings of the above societies, Dr. Rucker teaches at the American Academy of Ophthalmology and frequently lectures as a visiting professor. She is on the editorial board of the primary Neuro-Ophthalmology peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, and is Neuro-Ophthalmology section editor for the British Journal of Ophthalmology. In addition, she is an abstract editor for the journal Neuro-Ophthalmology, and for the online medical literature review Faculty of 1000 Medicine.

Her primary research interest is application of quantitative extraocular movement recordings to clinical practice, to advance the understanding of neural connections governing normal and abnormal eye movements. Particular diseases of research interest in eye movements include movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and demyelinating disorders such as multiple sclerosis. Dr. Rucker has authored or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and nearly 30 review articles and book chapters. Her areas of clinical expertise include eye movement abnormalities due to brain, cranial nerve, neuromuscular junction, or extraocular muscle pathology; optic nerve and intracranial visual pathway disorders such as optic nerve tumors, optic neuritis, ischemic optic neuropathies, and idiopathic intracranial hypertension; and disorders of the pupil.

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Dr. Rucker discusses intracranial hypertension in The Daily News feature The Daily Check Up.

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