Drs. Hojnacki and Weinstock-Guttman Chosen by ThreeBest Rated in 2018

Drs. David Hojnacki and Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, both faculty neurologists who specialize in multiple sclerosis at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo/SUNY, have again been recognized by ThreeBest Rated for neurologic care in Buffalo.  ThreeBest Rated chooses physicians based on practice history, customer reviews and satisfaction, trust, and cost.  Dr. Weinstock-Guttman, Professor of Neurology,  directs the Jacobs MS Center for Treatment and Research.  Dr. Hojnacki, Associate Professor of Neurology, serves as program director for the fellowship training program in neuroimaging.

David Hojnacki, MD

Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, MD

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UB Dept. of Neurology to Present 40 Papers at 2018 AAN Meeting

The Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY Department of Neurology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will once again have a large presence at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting to be held April 21-27, 2018 in Los Angeles.  Between scientific and educational sessions, the department will conduct some 40 presentations, a likely record for the department.  Research topics include multiple sclerosis (MS), neuroimaging, stroke, headache, epilepsy, myasthenia gravis, and the history of neurology.  Department faculty listed as first, senior or co-authors on the abstracts include Drs. Ralph Benedict, Michael Dwyer, Edward Fine, Osman Farooq, David Hojnacki, Channa Kolb, Ping Li, Ashkan Mowla (former), Joy Parrish, Murali Ramanathan, Melissa Rayhill, Robert Sawyer, Ferdinand Schweser, Arie Weinstock, Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, Gil Wolfe, and Robert Zivadinov.  Neurology residents and fellows include Drs. Svetlana Eckert, Haris Kamal, Sandhya Mehla, Harshit Shah, and Daniela Zambrano among others.  Numerous research associates in the department and the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center were also listed on the abstracts.  Tom Fuchs, an MD/PhD student at Jacobs School of Medicine, was awarded a Future Clinical Researcher in Neurology and Neuroscience Award by the AAN for his upcoming platform presentation on the impact of white matter tract disruption and connectivity on cognition in multiple sclerosis.AAN2018_Banner_reg_960px


UB Dept. of Neurology Participates in AAN’s Neurology on the Hill

Dr. Gil Wolfe, Irvin and Rosemary Smith Professor and Chairman of the Univ. at Buffalo Dept. of Neurology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, participated in the American Academy of Neurology’s annual Neurology on the Hill in Washington, D.C. on February 27, 2018.  Advocacy issues that were raised on Capitol Hill this year included two that directly relate to patient access to care: finding ways to control drug prices and forwarding electronic prior authorizations.  Additional NIH funding to investigate alternatives to opiates for chronic pain was also requested.  Dr. Wolfe serves on the AAN’s Government Relations Committee.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA, 3rd from left) with the NY State Delegation (Dr. Wolfe 4th from left)

District 26 Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY, 4th from left) with NY State delegation (Dr. Wolfe 3rd from left)


UB Dept. of Neurology Holds Event to Update University Benefactors

On December 7, 2017, the Dept. of Neurology of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo, held an event to update the community on clinical and investigative progress being made in the clinical neurosciences.  In addition to brief research and educational presentations provided by several department faculty, including Drs. Michael Dwyer, Osman Farooq, Alexis Lizarraga, Robert Sawyer, Nicholas Silvestri, Kinga Szigeti, and Caila Vaughn, guests were able to tour UBMD Neurology’s new clinical space on the 4th floor of the Conventus Building and the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit on the top floor of recently opened Oishei Children’s Hospital.  The event closed with dedication of the adult and pediatric multiple sclerosis clinics in honor of Dr. Lawrence Jacobs, a pioneer in the therapy of MS and a former chairman of the UB Dept. of Neurology.  Several members of his family were able to attend.  Dr. Gil Wolfe, Irvin and Rosemary Smith Professor and Chairman of the Dept. of Neurology, served as master of ceremonies.  The UB Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement, spearheaded by Jennifer Seth-Cimini, assisted the department in organizing the event.

Kinga Szigeti, MD, PhD (far right) discusses advances in memory disorders

Dedication of the Jacobs MS Center for Treatment and Research and the Pediatric MS program


Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD, delivers inaugural Drs. Michael E. Cohen and Patricia K. Duffner Annual Lectureship in Neurology

On October 12, 2017, Scott Pomeroy, MD, PhD, Neurologist-in-Chief at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Bronson Crothers Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School who is an international authority on childhood central nervous system tumors, gave the inaugural annual lectureship that honors Drs. Michael Cohen and Patricia Duffner, child neurologists and professors emeritus in the Univ at Buffalo Dept. of Neurology.  Neuro-oncology was a primary interest of both Drs. Cohen and Duffner;  the lectureship is supported by a fund they established in 1977.  Dr. Pomeroy’s talk was entitled “Neurodevelopmental Origin of Childhood Central Nervous System Tumors”  and was held at the Hauptman-Woodward Institute.

Drs. Michael Cohen, Scott Pomeroy and Patricia Duffner (l to r)


Dr. Weinstock-Guttman and MS Program Receive Impact Award from National MS Society

Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, MD, Professor of Neurology at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY, and Director of the Jacobs Multiple Sclerosis Center for Treatment and Research, has been recognized by the National MS Society with the Impact Award.  The award recognizes individuals or entities who help ensure that patients with MS live life to the fullest.  The award was presented at the society’s 39th Annual Ambassadors Ball on October 12, 2017 in Washington, DC, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.  Other faculty in the MS Division are Drs. David Hojnacki, Channa Kolb, and Alexis Lizarraga.  Congratulations to the entire MS team!

Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, MD, receiving NMSS Impact Award


Dr. David Hojnacki Honored at National MS Society Champions on the Move Dinner

David Hojnacki, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and an expert in multiple sclerosis and neuroimaging, was honored this week at the Upstate New York Chapter Champions on the Move dinner for the National MS Society.  At the event, Dr. Hojnacki was recognized with the Stephen H. Kelly Award for a “Professional on the Move.”  The event was hosted by local news anchor Jacquie Walker of WIVB-TV, Channel 4.  Dr. Hojnacki plays a key role in the clinical and research arms of the Department of Neurology’s MS Section.  He also serves as program director for the UCNS-accredited neuroimaging fellowship.

David Hojnacki, MD