Dr. Stephen Wheat presents at National Hansen’s Disease Conference


Natchitoches and Shreveport Electrodiagnostic Specialist Dr. Stephen W. Wheat has been recognized nationally and internationally as the leader of a team using the cutting edge technology of a hand-held ultrasound to diagnose Hansen’s disease or Leprosy. On March 9 he was one of the featured speakers in the National Hansen’s Disease Conference to talk about his work using a hand-held ultrasound for early diagnosis.
Dr. Wheat’s team’s work was recently cited in a global paper written by researchers from the Department of Neurology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore, India, and the Department of Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology, The Netherlands. His team’s new Hansen’s disease research will help provide early and accurate diagnosis of this disease that has left its mark on history and that still affects four million people across the world, with 200,000 new cases recorded each year. It is another commitment by Wheat to advance medical diagnostics across the globe.
Wheat has practiced electrodiagnostic medicine in Northwest Louisiana for more than 30 years. He has performed greater than 17,000 electrodiagnostic procedures and 14,000 neuromuscular and skeletal ultrasound procedures to help diagnose or rule out nerve and muscle disorders. These disorders include carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatic nerve problems, herniated disk disease and unsuccessful neck or back surgery. Most recently they also include nerve damage as linked to “long Covid” symptoms. Wheat has one of the only accredited labs in the region.

This article published in the March 10, 2022, print edition

Wheat is a charter member of physicians in the country to receive the Certificate of Added Qualification in Neuromuscular Ultrasound from the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. This added certification uniquely qualifies him to diagnose the exact cause of neuromuscular and skeletal pain. He is the only neuromuscular ultrasound certified physician in Northwest Louisiana using ultrasound as a non-invasive, visual approach to diagnosing the cause of neuromuscular and skeletal pain. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently reached out to him to create a new code for ultrasound in the extremity for nerves.
Wheat is a graduate of Louisiana State University Medical School, Shreveport. He earned a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans. In 1997, Wheat completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Louisiana State University Medical Center, Shreveport, and then earned a board certification in Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He has served as a member of the Mayo Clinic Professional Practice and Professional Program Committees of the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine and is a regular guest lecturer at Baylor College of Medicine: Department of Neurology, Houston.
Wheat has offices in Shreveport at 1453 East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop, Suite 212, ACS Building #1 (side entry) and in Natchitoches at 138 East 5th St. Appointments may be made by calling 318-352-4477. Visit www.wheatmedical.com to learn more.