Position: Consultant in Neurology
Location: London, UK
Since 2014, Dr Serra has been a Consultant in Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology at King’s College Hospital, London. Jordi Serra received his medical degree in 1988 and completed his Neurology specialty in 1992 in Barcelona. He spent the following years (1992 – 1995) as a Neuromuscular Fellow at the Neuromuscular Unit, Good Samaritan Hospital and Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, USA, where he specialized in the study, diagnosis, and treatment of neuropathic pain patients.
During this period, he was trained in the technique of microneurography. Microneurography offers an unrivaled tool to study spontaneous pain in humans by producing objective records of the abnormal nerve impulse activity responsible for paresthesia (myelinated fibers) and spontaneous pain (unmyelinated fibers). It is the only available technique to detect and quantify positive sensory phenomena of peripheral nerve origin in humans by recording individual action potentials from single sensory fibers. Microneurography also allows for the study of efferent sympathetic axons.
Dr. Serra’s pioneering work on the recording of abnormal spontaneous activity in C-nociceptors from patients and animal models of neuropathic pain is widely cited in the medical literature. Currently he is researching the contribution of small nerve fibers to the pathophysiology of conditions not classically regarded as small fiber neuropathy, including fibromyalgia, POTS and local painful syndromes.