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.
Eva Tamoga, BS, EdM, who had worked for the Univ. at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Dept. of Neurology since 1996, was celebrated at a retirement reception held at the Saturn Club on October 22, 2018. Originally from Hungary, Mrs. Tamoga served several department chairman over the years, beginning with Michael Cohen, MD. As an Assistant to the Chair for University Affairs, Mrs. Tamoga played a key role in administration of graduate medical education programs, medical student clerkships, and state budgeting. In 2012 she received the university’s John P. Naughton award for exemplary administrative service to UB.
Alok Singla, MBBS, a 2018 graduate of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo child neurology training program, has been awarded the 2018 Grass Young Investigator Award by the American Epilepsy Society. The award recognizes eight outstanding young investigators conducting research related to epilepsy. Dr. Singla, under the mentorship of Arie Weinstock, MD, Professor in the Dept. of Neurology and Director of the UB comprehensive epilepsy program, completed a project studying the predictive value of early EEG in neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. Dr. Singla was selected from over 1300 other submissions. He will present his findings at the upcoming American Epilepsy Society annual meeting to be held later this year in New Orleans. Sarah Finnegan, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neurology, serves as the director of the Child Neurology Residency Training Program.
Dr. Arie Weinstock, section chief of child neurology and director of the epilepsy program for the Dept. of Neurology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY, attended a press conference on June 29, 2018 to advocate for easy access of Epidiolex, a cannabidiol preparation that has received approval from the FDA for treatment of two forms of severe childhood epilepsy. Also at the press conference were NY Assemblyman Sean Ryan and NY State Senator Chris Jacobs. Dr. Weinstock and his team were part of the clinical trials that demonstrated the effectiveness of this form of medical marijuana in Lennox Gastaut and Dravet syndromes, two severe forms of epilepsy seen in children. The press conference requested that Governor Cuomo sign into law legislation already passed in Albany to expedite access to this new therapy.
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 8, 2018. 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 Sandhya Mehla, MBBS, PGY4, and outgoing co-chief resident, and Felix Cheng, PGY3. A copy of the Research Day program is attached. Research Day Program 2018
At the Graduation Dinner banquet, Daniela Zambrano, MD, PGY4, and outgoing co-chief resident, received the teaching award from the medical students. Drs. Zambrano and Mehla both received the Dr. Edward Fogan Prize that recognizes overall clinical excellence. Ashley Alex, MD, PGY2, and Babitha Haridas, MBBS, PGY3, received the Resident Collegiality awards. Faculty Drs. Osman Farooq and Mo Hourihane received the Resident Teaching Award.
Graduating PGY4 residents were Drs. Muhammad Ahmed, Rabia Ghazi, Sandhya Mehla, David Okonkwo, Harshit Shah, Alok Singla, and Daniela Zambrano. Incoming chief residents are Drs. Kevin Schmitt and Alise Pham. Eva Tamoga and Thomas Ballanca, administrative support staff for the training programs, played key roles in organizing the banquet. Notably, Eva Tamoga, Assistant to the Chair for University Affairs, will be retiring later this year after working in the department for 22 years. Dr. Nick Silvestri, program director for the adult neurology residency training program, served as master of ceremonies.
Robert Zivadinov, MD, PhD, Professor in the Dept. of Neurology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Univ. at Buffalo/SUNY, has received the Gold Medal Award at the International Society for Neurovascular Disease. The award was presented on June 2, 2018 at the society’s annual meeting. It recognizes outstanding ongoing contributions to research and education in the field. Dr. Zivadinov serves as Director of the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center and the Translational Imaging Center at the university’s NIH-funded CTRC.