Tanya J. Lehky, M.D., CAPT, MC, USPHS

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Staff Clinician
Electromyography (EMG) Section

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Capt. Lehky, M.D. is a Commissioned Corps officer and Chief of the Electromyography (EMG) Section under the Office of the Clinical Director, NINDS. She completed her medical degree at Georgetown University in 1985, followed by residency training in Internal Medicine at Children's Hospital of San Francisco and in Neurology at the University of Maryland. From 1991-1995, she did clinical fellowship training in the Neuroimmunology Branch, NINDS, studying HTLV-1 retroviral infection in the CNS. From 1995-1999, she worked at CBER, FDA evaluating biological treatment of neurological disorders and extramural NIAID evaluating clinical trials in HIV neurological disorders.

In 2000, Dr. Lehky completed an EMG fellowship in the EMG Section, NINDS. She served as a staff neurologist at the National Naval Medical Center for several years; as both Director of the Multiple Sclerosis clinic and EMG Lab. She returned to the Clinical EMG Lab, NINDS in 2004 and has been Chief of the EMG Section, NINDS, since 2014. She is also the Program Director for the ACGME-accredited Clinical Neurophysiology Program which yearly accepts one EMG and EEG fellow for training. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Neurology with Subspecialty certification in Clinical Neurophysiology and Neuromuscular Medicine.

The EMG Section engages in collaborative clinical research on peripheral and neuromuscular disorders. The section carries out nerve conduction studies (NCS), electromyography (EMG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and autonomic screening studies to diagnose and characterize patients with a wide spectrum of disorders. In addition to its primary mission to provide testing for clinical diagnosis, the section carries out advanced neurophysiologic testing for the characterization of newly discovered disorders and engages in research on electrodiagnostic outcome measures for clinical trials, such as electrical impedance myography (EIM), motor unit number estimation (MUNE) and central conduction time measurements.