Members of the Univ at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Dept. of Neurology participated in the 1 mile run on February 9, 2019 through Elmwood Village to benefit the battle against neurofibromatosis on behalf of the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Over $2100 was raised across the department, and over $18,000 was raised in Buffalo. Dr. Cynthia Beatty, Assistant Professor of Neurology and a member of the child neurology division at UB, helps staff the clinic at Oishei Children’s Hospital.
The Dept. of Neurology at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY boasts seven physicians who have been named to the Professional Research Services (PRS) Top Doctor list recently published in the January 2019 issue of Buffalo Spree magazine. These are the physicians most highly regarded by their peers. The physicians recognized as Top Docs are:
Adult neurology: Drs. Robert Sawyer, Nicholas Silvestri, and Bianca Weinstock-Guttman
Neuro-ophthalmology: Dr. Norah Lincoff (Ophthalmology)
Child neurology: Drs. Osman Farooq, Sarah Finnegan, and Arie Weinstock
On November 15, 2018, Robert C. Griggs, MD, Professor of Neurology, Medicine, Pathology/Laboratory Medicine, and Pediatrics at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, delivered the second Drs. Michael Cohen and Patricia Duffner Annual Lectureship in Neurology at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY. Dr. Griggs is a former Chairman of the Dept. of Neurology at Univ. of Rochester and is an international authority on neuromuscular disorders. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of Neurology and President of the American Academy of Neurology, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 1998. He founded the Muscle Study Group that same year and led the NINDS-supported CINCH network that studies neurological channelopathies such as periodic paralysis. The NIH has also funded his work in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Dr. Griggs’ talk was titled, “Evidence Based Treatments for Rare Diseases.” The annual lectureship honors Drs. Cohen and Duffner, child neurologists and professors emeritus in the Univ. at Buffalo Dept. of Neurology.
The epilepsy division of the Dept. of Neurology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY, has been recognized as a Center of Excellence for deep brain stimulation (DBS) approaches to managing epilepsy. There are only 30 other centers across the country who received this initial recognition for this new approach to seizure management. Neurology faculty Drs. Robert Glover, Ping Li, Kelly Andrzejewski, and colleagues from the Dept. of Neurosurgery were involved with the programmatic recognition. The epilepsy program, under the directorship of Arie Weinstock, MD, also offers epilepsy surgery, laser ablation, vagus nerve stimulation, and other state-of-the-art approaches in treating epilepsy.
Eva Tamoga, BS, EdM, who had worked for the Univ. at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Dept. of Neurology since 1996, was celebrated at a retirement reception held at the Saturn Club on October 22, 2018. Originally from Hungary, Mrs. Tamoga served several department chairman over the years, beginning with Michael Cohen, MD. As an Assistant to the Chair for University Affairs, Mrs. Tamoga played a key role in administration of graduate medical education programs, medical student clerkships, and state budgeting. In 2012 she received the university’s John P. Naughton award for exemplary administrative service to UB.
Alok Singla, MBBS, a 2018 graduate of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo child neurology training program, has been awarded the 2018 Grass Young Investigator Award by the American Epilepsy Society. The award recognizes eight outstanding young investigators conducting research related to epilepsy. Dr. Singla, under the mentorship of Arie Weinstock, MD, Professor in the Dept. of Neurology and Director of the UB comprehensive epilepsy program, completed a project studying the predictive value of early EEG in neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. Dr. Singla was selected from over 1300 other submissions. He will present his findings at the upcoming American Epilepsy Society annual meeting to be held later this year in New Orleans. Sarah Finnegan, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurology, serves as the director of the Child Neurology Residency Training Program.
Dr. Arie Weinstock, section chief of child neurology and director of the epilepsy program for the Dept. of Neurology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY, attended a press conference on June 29, 2018 to advocate for easy access of Epidiolex, a cannabidiol preparation that has received approval from the FDA for treatment of two forms of severe childhood epilepsy. Also at the press conference were NY Assemblyman Sean Ryan and NY State Senator Chris Jacobs. Dr. Weinstock and his team were part of the clinical trials that demonstrated the effectiveness of this form of medical marijuana in Lennox Gastaut and Dravet syndromes, two severe forms of epilepsy seen in children. The press conference requested that Governor Cuomo sign into law legislation already passed in Albany to expedite access to this new therapy.