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