Dr. Salman Bhai is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Director of the Neuromuscular Center at the Institute of Exercise and Environmental Medicine (IEEM) at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. He earned his B.S. in mathematics at Duke University and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, where he earned multiple research grants including the Bertarelli Fellowship and a Wilderness Medicine Society grant. He completed his internship, neurology residency, and neuromuscular fellowship at Harvard: internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and residency and fellowship in a joint program between Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Bhai specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of neuromuscular disorders. He specifically focuses on patients with inflammatory and metabolic myopathies as well as those with immune checkpoint inhibitor complications.

His research focuses on understanding how muscles communicate with other organ systems, particularly when muscle is inflamed, like in myositis. The goal of his research is to better understand, diagnose, and treat patients with myositis. This will be achieved through exercise and muscle physiology studies of myositis patients by analyzing biospecimens for molecular perturbations. He also works to offer clinical trials for myositis patients.

Clinical Trials: site PI on two metabolic myopathy trials sponsored by Reneo Pharmaceuticals

Research PI: muscle signaling in inflammatory conditions, physiological and immune perturbations in inflammatory myopathies

Research collaborations: immune molecular phenotyping in checkpoint inhibitor complications (David Gerber – UTSW lab), biomarkers of muscle damage (Ning Liu, Lin Xu – UTSW)

Dr. Bhai is dedicated to neurologic medical education. During his neurology residency, he worked to create a multi-modal curriculum for internal medicine residents and lead the implementation of the program. He also dedicated his time to teach parts of the curriculum. He continues to work with medical students, neurology residents, and neuromuscular fellows to further neurology education.

Dr. Bhai is dedicated to helping patients and their families understand and navigate difficult conditions by providing exceptional clinical care.


Medical School
Harvard Medical School (2015)
Brigham and Women's Hospital (2016), Internal Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital & Brigham and Women's Hospital (2019), Neurology
Massachusetts General Hospital & Brigham and Women's Hospital (2020), Neuromuscular Disease

Research Interest

  • Checkpoint inhibitor complications
  • Exercise physiology
  • Inflammatory myopathies
  • Metabolic myopathies


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

A Qualitative Examination of COVID-19's Impacts on Physical Activity and Perceptions of Remote Delivery Interventions.
Brannon GE, Mitchell S, Ray MA, Bhai S, Beg MS, Basen-Engquist KM, Liao Y, Am J Health Promot 2021 Nov 8901171211053845
Prospective Double-Blinded Randomized Field-Based Clinical Trial of Metoclopramide and Ibuprofen for the Treatment of High Altitude Headache and Acute Mountain Sickness.
Irons HR, Salas RN, Bhai SF, Gregorie WD, Harris NS, Wilderness Environ Med 2020 Mar 31 1 38-43
Mystery Case: A 64-year-old woman with subacute encephalopathy.
Bhai S, Biffi A, Bakhadirov K, Prasad S, Neurology 2015 Aug 85 8 e64-5
Neurosyphilis Update: Atypical is the New Typical.
Bhai S, Lyons JL, Curr Infect Dis Rep 2015 May 17 5 481
Alternating ictal and postictal nystagmus.
Bhai S, Malik AN, Bakhadirov K, Prasad S, Neurol Clin Pract 2014 Dec 4 6 522-523
Complete anterograde amnesia from simultaneous bilateral hippocampal infarction.
Bhai S, Biffi A, Bakhadirov K, Prasad S, Neurohospitalist 2014 Jul 4 3 165-6
Shunt survival after failed endoscopic treatment of hydrocephalus.
Warf BC, Bhai S, Kulkarni AV, Mugamba J, J Neurosurg Pediatr 2012 Dec 10 6 463-70