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Alexis                         Lizarraga

Alexis A. Lizarraga MD, MS

Department of Neurology

Assistant Professor

Professional Summary:

I attended medical school at University of Miami, FL, with additional pathway education in Social Medicine & Public Health. I then completed neurology residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami in Florida. This was followed by Neuromuscular Medicine fellowship at Massachusetts General/Brigham & Womens Hospital in Boston, MA. Further fellowship training in Multiple Sclerosis & Neuroimmunology was obtained at University of Miami, where I also completed a Masters of Science degree in Clinical & Translational Investigation.

My clinical practice centers on the evaluation and care of patients with neuroimmunological disorders including Multiple Sclerosis, Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder (NMOSD) and other inflammatory- and autoimmune-mediated central and peripheral nervous system disorders.

My research interests focus on immune-mediated nervous system disorders – particularly on predictive measures and outcomes research. Building on clinical research initiated at the University of Miami, I am actively investigating the prevalence and relationship between Multiple Sclerosis and neuropathy. I also have a particular interest in the pathophysiology of autonomic nervous system dysfunction in Multiple Sclerosis and the usefulness of autonomic measurements in developing treatment targets and predictive clinical measures in Multiple Sclerosis. I have actively participated in several Phase II, III and IV clinical trials for Multiple Sclerosis and NMOSD treatments.

Education and Training:
  • MS, University of Miami School of Medicine (2017)
  • Fellowship, University of Miami School of Medicine (2017)
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General/Brigham & Women‘s Hospital/Harvard Medical School (2015)
  • Residency, Neurology, Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami (2014)
  • MD, University of Miami School of Medicine, Pathway for Public Health & Social Medicine (2010)
  • BA, New York University, magna cum laude (2005)

Journal Articles:

  • "Management of CNS demyelinating disorders with PNS involvement: the role of IVIg and Immunotherapy." University of Miami - NeuroUpdate (2017)
  • "Clinical and electrophysiological response to a factor Xa inhibitor in distal acquired demyelinating sensory motor neuropathy (DADS)." Annual Meeting of the American Neurological Association (2016)
  • "Malignancy in neuromyelitis optica." Annual Meeting of the American Neurological Association (2016)
  • "What nerve! Peripheral nervous system involvement in “central” demyelinating disorders." Grand Rounds, University at Buffalo Department of Neurology (2016)
  • "Chronic internuclear ophthalmoplegia: A marker for axonal damage in progressive multiple sclerosis." Annual Meeting of the American Neurological Association (2016)
  • "Abnormal movements of the head, neck, shoulders and upper back. Movement Disorders Society Video challenge selection" 20th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders (2016)
  • "High-dose cyclophosphamide in fulminant neuromyelitis optica" University of Miami - NeuroUpdate (2016)
  • "Early onset, acetazolamide-responsive, nonepisodic ataxia, familial hemiplegic migraine and a missense mutation in CACNA1A." Annual Meeting of the American Neurological Association (2015)
  • "Epilepsia partialis continua versus myoclonus: A diagnostic dilemma." Annual Meeting of the Florida Society of Neurology (2013)
  • "Antiepileptic Drugs and Adherence: A Critical Review." Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society (2012)
  • "Clinicopathological Conference: Unusual Movements in a Cirrhotic Patient" University of Miami Dept. of Neurology Grand Rounds (2011)
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Dept. of Neurology
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
1010 Main St., 2nd floor
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 829-5045
Fax: (716) 829-4411

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