UB Dept. of Neurology Initiates CareConnect to Enhance Teleneurology Services

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.

https://ubmd.com/practice-locations/practices/neurology.html


Nine Univ. at Buffalo Dept. of Neurology Affiliated Physicians Named to 2020 Top Doctors List

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


Elizabeth Ann Thiele, MD, PhD, Delivers 3rd Annual Drs. Cohen & Duffner Lectureship in Neurology

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.

Drs. Patricia Duffner, Elizabeth Thiele & Michael Cohen (l to r)

Elizabeth Thiele, MD, PhD, presents on pediatric epilepsy


UBMD Neurology and Oishei Children’s Hospital Foundation Host “Let’s Talk Buffalo Epilepsy” Patient Symposium

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.

Robert Glover, MD, presents to the audience at the “Let’s Talk Buffalo Epilepsy” symposium.

 


Univ. at Buffalo Dept. of Neurology Presents Over 30 Papers at 2019 AAN meeting

19am_logo_bluesThe Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY Department of Neurology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences once again had a large presence at the 2019 American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Annual Meeting held May 4-10 in Philadelphia.  Between scientific and educational sessions, the department had some 35 presentations.  Research topics included multiple sclerosis, neuroimaging, stroke, epilepsy, neuromuscular disorders, cognition, and history of neurology.  Department and affiliated faculty listed as first or co-authors on abstracts include Drs. Ralph Benedict, Marilou Ching, Michael Dwyer, Osman Farooq, Edward Fine, Sarah Finnegan, David Hojnacki, Channa Kolb, Alexis Lizarraga, Murali Ramanathan, Ferdinand Schweser, Nicholas Silvestri, Kinga Szigeti, Caila Vaughn, Arie Weinstock, Bianca Weinstock-Guttman, Gil Wolfe, and Robert Zivadinov.  Neurology residents/fellows and medical students included Svetlana Eckert, Haris Kamal, Nicole Khezri, and Daniela Zambrano among others.  Numerous research associates in the department and the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center were also listed on the abstracts.


Thomas Langan, MD, Receives Several Honors Related to Clinical Neurogenetics

Thomas Langan, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology at Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY, has received several recent honors.  In December 2018, Dr. Langan became a member of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, a nominated post.  In October 2018, he received a commendation for years of service to the Newborn Screening Tranlational Research Network.  He is also serving as co-chair of the research network’s Clinical Integration Group which reviews the status of newborn screening operations in the United States.  Dr. Langan studies clinical manifestations and treatment of inherited leukodystrophies through the Hunter James Kelly Research Institute.

Thomas Langan, MD

 


Univ. at Buffalo Dept. of Neurology Earns Highest Level Certifications for Stroke and Epilepsy Care

The Dept. of Neurology at Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences/SUNY has helped the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus earn the highest level certifications for its comprehensive stroke and epilepsy care programs.  Det Norske Veritas (DNV) once again awarded Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute with Comprehensive Stroke Center designation.  This is the sixth year in a row that the system has received this highest level ranking.

The National Association of Epilepsy Centers once again recognized the epilepsy program with level IV accreditation, reflective of the highest level of clinical expertise in epilepsy monitoring, pre-surgical evaluations, and surgical and other interventions to manage refractory seizures. Arie Weinstock, MD, Professor of Neurology, serves as director of the epilepsy section, and Robert Sawyer, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs, directs the department’s stroke program.

Arie L. Weinstock, MD

Robert N. Sawyer Jr., MD

 


Neurology Staff and Faculty Run in Cupid’s Undie Run for Neurofibromatosis

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.

Participants in the Cupid’s Undie Run (l to r): Francine Mistretta, Dr. Margaret Paroski, Karen Zakalik, Amanda Szalkowski, Stephanie McDermid, Mary Kapinski, Carmela Armeli. Not shown is Heidi Wicks-Pierce.


Seven UBMD/UB Dept. of Neurology Physicians Receive 2019 Top Doctor Recognition

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


Dr. Robert Griggs honored with second annual Drs. Cohen and Duffner Annual Lectureship in Neurology

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.

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Berch Griggs, MD (left) and Michael Cohen, MD