The career of Dr. Michael E. Cohen was celebrated at a dinner held at the Saturn Club on September 6, 2019, attended by members of the Department of Neurology, invited guests from the University including the President and Dean of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and family and friends of Dr. Cohen. Dr. Cohen, an internationally recognized child neurologist with a subspecialty interest in childhood neuro-oncology, began his faculty career at UB in 1968 after completing training at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Boston Children’s Hospital and serving in the US Army Medical Corps, where he ascended to the rank of Captain. He was appointed Chairman of the Dept. of Neurology in 1983, serving in this role for 17 years. During his academic career he published over 100 papers and 40 chapters on a variety of topics in child neurology. He authored and edited several textbooks, including two editions of Brain Tumors of Children: Principles of Diagnosis and Treatment. Dr. Cohen has received numerous honors over his career including the Capen Award as a distinguished alumnus and a Career Achievement Award from UB. He served as President for the Child Neurology Society, Professors of Child Neurology, and the Child Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Cohen’s contributions to the Dept. of Neurology are recognized annually through the Dr. Michael E. Cohen Resident Research Day held every June prior to the housestaff graduation and the Drs. Michael E. Cohen and Patricia K. Duffner Annual Lectureship in Neurology, held every autumn since being established in 2017.
The UB Dept. of Neurology of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences held its annual Michael E. Cohen, MD, Residents Research Day and Graduation Banquet on June 14, 2019. All graduating residents presented their research findings, while the PGY-3 level residents presented research plans. The Research Day was coordinated by Dr. Robert Zivadinov and his Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center staff.
Winners of the Outstanding Resident Presentation Awards for Research Day were Kevin Schmitt, MD, PGY4, and outgoing co-chief resident, and Edina Komlodi-Pasztor, MD, PhD, PGY3, and Ahmed Sanai, MBBS, PGY3. A copy of the Research Day program is to be attached shortly.
At the Graduation Dinner banquet, Kevin Schmitt, MD, also received the teaching award from the medical students. Alise Pham, DO, PGY4 and outgoing co-chief resident, was awarded the Dr. Edward Fogan Prize that recognizes overall clinical excellence. Daniel Sirica, MD, PGY3, and Saad Hasan, MBBS, PGY2, received the Resident Collegiality awards. Faculty Drs. Osman Farooq and Robert Glover received the Resident Teaching Award.
Graduating residents were Drs. Evelyn Berman (child neurology), Felix Cheng, Alise Pham, Kevin Schmitt, Evelyn Walsh, and Zilfah Younas. Incoming chief residents are Drs. Ashley Alex and Daniel Sirica. Thomas Ballanca, senior administrative assistance for the residency training programs and medical student clerkship, played a key role in organizing the banquet. Dr. Nick Silvestri, program director for the adult neurology residency training program, served as master of ceremonies.
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