Jose P. Fernandez, Jr., MD, is a physician with Hattiesburg Clinic Neurology – Lincoln Center.
Dr. Fernandez earned his medical degree from the University of the Philippines Manila College of Medicine, where he completed an integrated, rotating internship at the Philippine General Hospital, a 1500-bed teaching hospital. He completed an internal medicine internship at the Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y., and two years of neurology residency at the State University of New York in Brooklyn, where he served at its teaching hospital and at King’s County Medical Center.
Fernandez completed his senior year as a neurology resident at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, where he served at the 2680-bed Charity Hospital. His training culminated at Louisiana State University in New Orleans with a fellowship year training in epilepsy, clinical neurophysiology and sleep medicine. He is board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also board certified in the field of autonomic disorders by the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties.
As the former Director of Stroke Care at Forrest General Hospital, Fernandez led its initial certification as a Stroke Care Center by Joint Commission without review recommendation and received a perfect initial evaluation. He participated in comprehensive stroke education and outreach to the Pinebelt community which included television, radio, hospital, clinic, college, high school and vocational school initiatives.
Fernandez’ primary interest includes adult neurology. He diagnoses and treats patients with an array of neurologic diseases such as stroke, headaches, dizziness, neuropathy, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and more.
In addition to his practice, Fernandez also serves as a co-director of the Southern Epilepsy Center and is involved in the treatment of difficult seizure disorders as well as the performance of in-hospital, in-clinic and ambulatory video-encephalographic studies.
Fernandez oversees the neurophysiology technologist staff and performs and interprets electroencephalograms, nerve conduction studies, electromyographic studies and evoked potentials at Hattiesburg Clinic and Forrest General Hospital. These studies are useful in the management and diagnosis of seizures, nerve disease, muscle disorders, spinal cord problems, multiple sclerosis and many other diseases.
He serves as the director of the Hattiesburg Clinic autonomic disorder laboratory where tilt-table testing and testing of the autonomic sympathetic, parasympathetic, and sudomotor systems is conducted. The laboratory has been functional since 2005, and its personnel have undergone training and continuing education at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Autonomic disease may be primary, but it is often a complicating aspect of many other conditions like diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, metabolic syndrome and amyloidosis.
“I feel I was born to be a neurologist. I love my studies in the field and I love my patients.” – Jose P. Fernandez, Jr., MD