Two UB Neurology faculty members, Drs. Ashkan Mowla and Mohammed Reza Samie, have received honorable mention in the 2014 Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The awards are given by the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and recognize extraordinary educators who have served as role models to their students by stimulating thinking and demonstrating sensitivity toward the human condition. The presentation was held at the University at Buffalo South Campus on April 16th. Dr. Mowla joined the Department of Neurology less than a year ago after completing his fellowship in stroke and cerebrovascular diseases at the University of Michigan. He received honorable mention in the clinical faculty category. Dr. Samie, a volunteer faculty member, received honorable mention in the volunteers/special recognition category. He has been in practice for 42 years and is currently affiliated with the Buffalo VA Medical Center.
A new Toshiba Vantage 3 Tesla MRI scanner was hoisted 7 stories high into its new home at the University at Buffalo’s Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) on April 12. The seven-ton machine was trucked from California to Buffalo on a specially designed tractor-trailer. The new MRI is a key piece of research equipment for the center, and will reduce the dependence of research imaging on other campus magnets that are primarily dedicated for clinical studies. One of the first research teams to use the new facility will be the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center (BNAC), a division of the UB Department of Neurology. Professor of Neurology Dr. Robert Zivadinov, MD, PhD, who directs the BNAC, serves as the director of magnetic resonance imaging for the CTRC. Ongoing and planned studies include development of MRI biomarkers for diagnosing , and managing neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and Parkinson’s disease.
UB Neurology and Kaleida Health have added another feather to their cap by being recognized with the Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification through CMS/DNV. The certification, which is based on the latest guidelines set forth by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association, was awarded for a 3 year term. This recognition is awarded to the best equipped hospitals in a given geographical area that can treat any kind of stroke or stroke complication, and denotes a standard of excellence and compliance with best practices. This achievement was made possible by the efforts of Dr.Robert Sawyer Jr., MD, Associate Professor of Neurology and Clinical Vice Chair for the department, who directs the stroke team. Neurology faculty who comprise the stroke team are Drs. Marilou Ching, Christopher Deline, Ashkan Mowla, and Peyman Shirani. Annemarie Crumlish serves as the stroke research coordinator. The team has plans for a public information campaign to highlight stroke, its complications, and available research studies.
UB Dept. of Neurology residents have once again demonstrated outstanding performance on the annual Resident In-Service Training Examination (RITE), administered every year nationally to neurology housestaff. As a group the UB Neurology residents scored in the 93rd percentile nationally. The breakdown by training year: PGY2 91st percentile, PGY3 88th percentile, and PGY4 96th percentile. Kudos to Dr. Raj Gupta, the 2013-14 Chief Resident, Dr. Nick Silvestri, Residency Training Program Director and Assistant Professor of Neurology, and Caleb Clark and Eva Tamoga who assist with administration of the residency program.
Dr. Channa Kolb, Assistant Professor of Neurology at UB, appears in a new, interactive, patient program for dalfampridine (Ampyra), a novel oral agent for multiple sclerosis. The videos focus on the dosage schedule, benefits and side effects of dalfampridine, as well as the agent’s mechanism of action. Dr. Kolb received her M.D. from the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and as a student was awarded the American Academy of Neurology medical student prize for Excellence in Neurology. She trained at Cleveland Clinic in Florida and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston prior to joining the UB faculty in 2012. Her clinical and research focus is multiple sclerosis.