Introducing Dr. Anita Wu

We’ve been hearing the name “Anita Wu” around Memory & Movement Charlotte for years…ever since Dr. Sanjay Iyer joined the practice in 2019. When Dr. Iyer comes across a complicated case and needs a second opinion, he calls Dr. Wu.

“I’ve known Dr. Wu professionally and personally for over 10 years.  She is a talented, thorough and thoughtful neurologist. Her engaging personality helps her instantly connect with her patients and their families. MMC is proud to add another mission-driven, high-caliber physician to our team.”

Dr. Wu will begin seeing Memory & Movement Charlotte patients in October, but she’s already getting acclimated. We sat down with her recently to learn a bit more:

Tell us a little about yourself – where are you from?
My husband and I have a son and a daughter, and we moved to Charlotte from New York City more than ten years ago when the kids were in elementary school so they’ve largely grown up here. I grew up in Maryland, where my father still lives, and my parents are both from Taiwan.

Why did you choose to become a doctor and why neurology?
I think I became a neurologist because the intersection of the practical - being a doctor, and the impossible - understanding the mind, fascinates me.

I’ve always known I wanted to help people and medicine is a way to do that. Neurology in particular brings forward the essence of who we are as humans in the most fundamental way. As a neurologist I’ve never stopped learning and there are always new developments in the field. I learn from every patient and family I have the privilege of knowing.

How did you first learn about MMC?
Through referrals! I’ve known about MMC for a while, and have often referred patients there.

What do you do when you aren't working?
I like to spend time with family and friends. Our son is a swimmer so we spend a lot of time at swim meets. I exercise regularly, I read and want to read more – I currently read a lot of Neurology journals and some fiction, but I’d like to read more fiction and social science-focused books – I was an English major in college!

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I deeply believe in MMC’s comprehensive approach. My mother had a stroke, and a few years later developed cognitive issues that took her from us. Currently, my mother-in-law is living with vascular dementia and we are her caregivers.

Patients need care, but so do caregivers. I’m thrilled to join a practice that prioritizes both.

Dr. Wu brings extensive experience in all aspects of neurology practice and research to the MMC clinical team. She trained at Stanford University and completed her residency at Cornell. Dr. Wu spent seven years with the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, where among other responsibilities she was the official neurologist to the New York Mets!

After relocating with her family to Charlotte in 2011, Dr. Wu spent twelve years at Atrium Neurology.  

A caregiver herself, Dr. Wu knows the importance of a family-focused approach to care. When she isn’t at work, she spends time reading, exercising, and watching her son compete in swim meets.