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Sarah                          Finnegan

Sarah G. Finnegan MD, PhD

Department of Neurology

Child Neurology Residency Program Director, Clinical Associate Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Child Neurology; Epilepsy; Neurology

Professional Summary:

I am a neurologist with added qualifications in child neurology and clinical neurophysiology. I am an attending physician in the Comprehensive Epilepsy Unit at the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB) where I interpret inpatient and outpatient electroencephalograms (EEGs) in neonates, children and adults. I see inpatients at WCHOB, treating a broad range of neurologic conditions and emergencies. My clinical focus is epilepsy, and I have a special interest in caring for disabled adults with epilepsy who have unique quality of life issues. I also care for women with epilepsy, with an emphasis on bone health, reproductive issues and pregnancy. In addition, I manage patients with a wide range of disorders including developmental disorders, headache, tic disorders and Tourette syndrome.

My research interests include investigation of techniques to promote neurodevelopment in conditions such as Rett syndrome, a devastating childhood neurodevelopmental disorder.

I teach and train medical students, neurology, pediatric, and psychiatric residents and clinical neurophysiology fellows. My teaching activities include delivering core medical student lectures such as the Introduction to the Neurological Examination, Child Neurology and Childhood Epilepsy. It is a privilege to be able to influence medical students, residents and fellows during the formative stage of their careers. My goals are to foster in them an understanding of the full implications of caring for patients and to expose them to intellectual discoveries that will enrich their professional lives and their ability to give their patients the best possible care.

In August 2015, I was appointed residency director of the child neurology training program. My focus will be enhancing the overall training experience. I will also lead recruiting efforts as well as efforts to develop clinical and research opportunities for our residents.

Education and Training:
  • Fellowship, Clinical Neurophysiology, The State University of New York at Buffalo (2005)
  • Pediatric Residency, Pediatrics, The State University of New York at Buffalo (1999)
  • Residency, Neurology, The State University of New York at Buffalo, Chief Resident (1998)
  • Residency, Neurology, The State University of New York at Buffalo (1998)
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, The State University of New York at Buffalo (1995)
  • MD, The State University of New York at Buffalo (1994)
  • PhD, Physiology, The State University of New York at Buffalo (1994)
  • Program Director, Child Neurology Residency, Neurology, University at Buffalo (2015-present)
  • Associate Professor, Neurology, University at Buffalo (2002-present)
Awards and Honors:
  • Buswell Fellowship Recipient (2002)
  • Resident Research Award (1998)
  • Resident Research Award (1997)
  • Aswad Award (1984)

Research Expertise:
  • Epilepsy

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Professional Memberships:
  • The Movement Disorder Society (2011–present)
  • American Epilepsy Society (2007–present)
  • Child Neurology Society (1998–present)
  • American Academy of Neurology (1995–present)
Service Activities:
  • Director of Grand Rounds; Department of Neurology; Director (2010–present)
  • Faculty Representative; School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Faculty Council (2003–2005)
  • Invited Speaker - Childhood Seizures; Childhood Seizures Mini Medical School University at Buffalo; Guest Lecturer

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Contact Information

1001 Main St.
5th Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 932-6080, ext. 100

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