Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, MD, Professor of Neurology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY, has received this year’s Stockton Kimball Award. The award recognizes excellence in scholarship by a Univ. at Buffalo medical school faculty member. The investigative track record is meant to have largely been performed during the faculty member’s tenure at UB. Dr. Weinstock-Guttman serves as director of the Jacobs Multiple Sclerosis Center for Treatment and Research. She has been on the UB faculty since 1998 when she was recruited from the Mellen Center for MS Treatment and Research at Cleveland Clinic.
The UB Dept. of Neurology of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY, held its annual Michael E. Cohen, MD, Residents Research Day and Graduation ceremony on June 19, 2020. Due to the Cov-2 pandemic, most of the activities were held virtually, although certificates and a few special gifts including engraved tendon reflex hammers were distributed the day before while practicing social distancing. All graduating residents presented their research findings, while the PGY-3 level residents presented research plans. The Research Day was coordinated by Dr. Robert Zivadinov and his Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center staff.
Winners of the Outstanding Resident Presentation Awards for Research Day were Edina Komlodi-Pasztor, MD, PhD, PGY4, and Saad Hasan, MBBS, PGY3 and incoming co-chief resident.
During the graduation ceremony Babitha Haridas, MBBS, PGY5 in the child neurology training program, received the teaching award from the medical students. She had recently received the university-wide Siegel Award for teaching excellence in the resident category. Daniel Sirica,, MD, PGY4 and outgoing co-chief resident, was awarded the Dr. Edward Fogan Prize that recognizes overall clinical excellence. Istvan Tomascek, MD, PGY3, and David Sell, DO, PGY2, received the Resident Collegiality awards. Faculty Drs. Khalid Kakish and Amit Kandel received the Resident Teaching Awards.
Graduating residents were Drs. Ashley Alex (outgoing chief resident), Babith Haridas (child neurology), Edina Komlodi-Pasztor, Katherine Mun, Ahmed Sanai, and Daniel Sirica (outgoing chief resident). Incoming chief residents are Drs. Saad Hasan and Adam Perez. Thomas Bellanca, senior administrative assistance for the residency training programs and medical student clerkship, played a key role in organizing the programs. Dr. Nick Silvestri, outgoing program director for the adult neurology residency training program, served as master of ceremonies. Dr. Melissa Rayhill, who has worked closely with Dr. Silvestri for several years, will be assuming the role of program director in the upcoming academic year.
UBMD Neurology, the clinical wing of the Dept. of Neurology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY, is one of several UBMD practices using CareConnect to help patients who are new or less familiar with telemedicine platforms. UBMD Neurology offers teleneurology/telemedicine services across all its specialties. For more urgent issues, face-to-face visits are still available. UBMD Neurology staff and providers adhere to CDC and State guidelines to ensure safety for all during the COVID-19 pandemic. Patients are screened at our clinic sites and wear masks during encounters.
UBMD neurologists also continue to manage general neurology, stroke neurology and child neurology inpatients at our affiliated hospitals, helping our colleagues from other specialties who are serving on the front lines in battling this pandemic. For more information about CareConnect, see the link below. Or you can simply click on the UBMD Neurology Practice Tab at the top of this page or the home page.
Faculty and advanced practice providers of UBMD Neurology have responded to the pandemic caused by COV-2 (COVID-19) by quickly expanding telemedicine services across all subspecialties of neurological care. Neuropsychology counseling is also being performed via telemedicine. Telemedicine platforms that are being utilized include Doxy.me, Zoom and Skype. A few providers continue to see patients face-to-face at our clinical sites for urgent issues or problems that cannot be addressed via remote audio/video connections. Extra precautions are being taken for these visits, so expect to be screened prior to visiting your provider, and you likely will encounter providers donning gloves and masks more than usual. UBMD Neurology reminds all the families we care for to stay safe and follow New York State and CDC-recommended guidelines during this pandemic.
The Dept. of Neurology at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY boasts nine physicians who have been named to the Professional Research Services (PRS) Top Doctor list appearing in the January 2020 issue of Buffalo Spree magazine. This represents an increase of two from last year. Moreover, the Dept. of Neurology has more physicians named to the list than any other neurology practice group in Western New York. Top Doctors are the physicians most highly regarded by their peers and are selected solely by a survey conducted by PRS. In addition, all Top Doctor physicians undergo licensing verification and infraction review through queries to professional boards and agencies. The Univ. at Buffalo-affiliated neurologists and neuro-ophthalmologists recognized as 2020 Top Docs are:
Adult neurology: Drs. Ajay Abad (Roswell Park) Robert Sawyer, Nicholas Silvestri, Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, and Gil Wolfe
Neuro-ophthalmology: Dr. Norah Lincoff (Ophthalmology)
Child neurology: Drs. Osman Farooq, Sarah Finnegan, and Arie Weinstock
Over 25 members of the Department of Neurology at the Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences went bowling on November 5, 2019. The event is one of several the department holds each year so that physicians, other providers, and staff can assemble outside the workplace. Bowling Night has proven to be a favorite activity. In this year’s event, Ralph Benedict, PhD, and division chief of neuropsychology posted a high score of 162. Dr. Benedict has had aspirations for the Professional Bowlers Association tour for many years, but his dedication to cognitive disorders and the patients who are challenged by them has forced him to put those dreams aside. In the women’s division, Jodi Berner, who coordinates the neuropsychology program and organizes Bowling Night among other social events, posted a high score of 134. She is tutored by her husband who is an expert of the lanes. Many attendees posted their personal highs at the event. Others were simply embarrassed.
On October 31, 2019, Elizabeth Ann Thiele, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, delivered the third Drs. Michael Cohen and Patricia Duffner Annual Lectureship in Neurology at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY. Dr. Thiele is Director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital where she runs the Carol and James Herscot Center for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, one of her main research interests. She also directs the Dravet Syndrome comprehensive clinical program at MGH. Dr. Thiele summarized her work in refractory pediatric epilepsy and also lectured on Sunflower Syndrome, an increasingly recognized childhood refractory epilepsy syndrome that her group is characterizing. Dr. Arie Weinstock, section chief for epilepsy in the Univ. at Buffalo Dept. of Neurology, hosted Dr. Thiele during her two day visit. The annual lectureship honors Drs. Cohen and Duffner, child neurologists and professors emeritus in the UB Dept. of Neurology.
UBMD Neurology and Oishei Children’s Hospital Foundation Host “Let’s Talk Buffalo Epilepsy” Patient SymposiumPosted: October 28, 2019
UBMD Neurology, the clinical practice arm for the Dept. of Neurology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY, hosted a patient symposium on the latest advances in epilepsy on October 20, 2019, held in UB’s Clinical Translational Science Institute space on the 5th floor of the Gates Vascular Institute. The program was co-hosted by Oishei Children’s Hospital and was supported by the Becker and Fenton families who have a personal connection to the challenges that both children and adult patients with epilepsy face. Several Dept. of Neurology faculty spoke including Drs. Arie Weinstock, Robert Glover, and Ping Li. Dr. Jonathan Riley of the Dept. of Neurosurgery, also presented a lecture. An open forum for questions where patients and families shared their experiences, was also part of the program. Refractory seizures, stereotactic EEG, epilepsy surgery, vagal nerve stimulation, brain responsive neurostimulation, and deep brain stimulation were some of the topics covered at the symposium.
The career of Dr. Michael E. Cohen was celebrated at a dinner held at the Saturn Club on September 6, 2019, attended by members of the Department of Neurology, invited guests from the University including the President and Dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and family and friends of Dr. Cohen. Dr. Cohen, an internationally recognized child neurologist with a subspecialty interest in childhood neuro-oncology, began his faculty career at UB in 1968 after completing training at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Boston Children’s Hospital and serving in the US Army Medical Corps, where he ascended to the rank of Captain. He was appointed Chairman of the Dept. of Neurology in 1983, serving in this role for 17 years. During his academic career he published over 100 papers and 40 chapters on a variety of topics in child neurology. He authored and edited several textbooks, including two editions of Brain Tumors of Children: Principles of Diagnosis and Treatment. Dr. Cohen has received numerous honors over his career including the Capen Award as a distinguished alumnus and a Career Achievement Award from UB. He served as President for the Child Neurology Society, Professors of Child Neurology, and the Child Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Cohen’s contributions to the Dept. of Neurology are recognized annually through the Dr. Michael E. Cohen Resident Research Day held every June prior to the housestaff graduation and the Drs. Michael E. Cohen and Patricia K. Duffner Annual Lectureship in Neurology, held every autumn since being established in 2017.
The UB Dept. of Neurology of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences held its annual Michael E. Cohen, MD, Residents Research Day and Graduation Banquet on June 14, 2019. All graduating residents presented their research findings, while the PGY-3 level residents presented research plans. The Research Day was coordinated by Dr. Robert Zivadinov and his Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center staff.
Winners of the Outstanding Resident Presentation Awards for Research Day were Kevin Schmitt, MD, PGY4, and outgoing co-chief resident, and Edina Komlodi-Pasztor, MD, PhD, PGY3, and Ahmed Sanai, MBBS, PGY3. A copy of the Research Day program is to be attached shortly.
At the Graduation Dinner banquet, Kevin Schmitt, MD, also received the teaching award from the medical students. Alise Pham, DO, PGY4 and outgoing co-chief resident, was awarded the Dr. Edward Fogan Prize that recognizes overall clinical excellence. Daniel Sirica, MD, PGY3, and Saad Hasan, MBBS, PGY2, received the Resident Collegiality awards. Faculty Drs. Osman Farooq and Robert Glover received the Resident Teaching Award.
Graduating residents were Drs. Evelyn Berman (child neurology), Felix Cheng, Alise Pham, Kevin Schmitt, Evelyn Walsh, and Zilfah Younas. Incoming chief residents are Drs. Ashley Alex and Daniel Sirica. Thomas Ballanca, senior administrative assistance for the residency training programs and medical student clerkship, played a key role in organizing the banquet. Dr. Nick Silvestri, program director for the adult neurology residency training program, served as master of ceremonies.