The 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, 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.
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.
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.