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Michelle                       Hartley-McAndrew

Michelle E. Hartley-McAndrew MD

Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Assistant Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Clinical Neurophysiology; Developmental Pediatrics and Rehabilitation; Neurology; Pediatrics

 
Professional Summary:

I am trained as a pediatric neurologist and am board-certified in both pediatrics and neurology with special qualification in child neurology. My clinical practice focuses on autism spectrum disorders and children with related developmental disabilities. I also completed fellowship training in clinical neurophysiology and have related knowledge of seizures as well as skill in reading electroencephalograms (EEGs) used to diagnose and manage epilepsy. Children with autism and related developmental disabilities often have an increased risk of seizures; my experience in neurophysiology contributes to my clinical acumen in thoroughly evaluating and treating my patients.

I am the medical director of the Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center at the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, a center I helped create and one that is jointly operated by the University at Buffalo and Kaleida Health. The goal of the center is to reach the increasing number of children in need of autism evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. The center is the only one of its kind in Western New York for medically-based, multidisciplinary evaluation and diagnosis of children with autism spectrum disorders. The center takes a team-based approach to evaluation; during a visit, each child is seen by a developmental pediatrician, child neurologist and child psychologist. After the visit, the team discusses the child and determines the diagnosis and/or need for any additional testing or services. The center has a full-time social worker and nurse and offers a monthly parent group, information resources for parents of children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and sessions for new patients that have not yet been diagnosed on the autism spectrum but who may be exhibiting behavioral or developmental issues.

Medical students, residents and fellows are welcome to work with me on research projects. I have a particular interest in the neurobiology of autism and conduct research regarding how behavior is affected in autism in the concurrent presence of a seizure disorder. I am also interested in the etiology, screening and evaluation techniques in children with autism. As well, I research epileptiform abnormalities that are seen in patients with autism spectrum disorders. My goal is to find the pattern among children on the autism spectrum who have more risk of an EEG abnormality. My research informs my efforts to promote awareness in, and educate families and medical providers about the approach to caring for a child with these specialized needs.

Education and Training:
  • Fellowship, Neurophysiology, University at Buffalo (2008)
  • Residency, Child Neurology, University at Buffalo (2007)
  • Residency, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo (2004)
  • Internship, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo (2002)
  • MD, Medicine, University College Dublin (2001)
  • BA, Pre-Med; Italian Culture and Language, Wellesley College, Cum Laude (1996)
Employment:
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo (2015-present)
  • Medical Director, Children‘s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center, Child Neurology, Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo (2010-present)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology, University at Buffalo (2008-present)
  • Independent Reviewer, National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (2008–2010)
Awards and Honors:
  • Michael E. Cohen Award for Excellence in Resident Research (2007)

Research Expertise:
  • Epilepsy
  • Neurobiology of autism

Journal Articles:
Abstracts:
  • Hartley-McAndrew ME, Weinstock AL, Weinstock-Guttman B, Sazgar MA, Li V, Rozzelle C, Ramanathan M. Hippocampal Gene Expression as Predictors for Surgical Outcome in Patients with Mesial Temporal Sclerosis. Epilepsea. 2008; 49(Sup 7).
  • Hartley-McAndrew ME, Weinstock AL. Is There a Correlation Between Certain Behaviors, EEG Abnormalities and/or Seizures in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?. Epilepsea. 2007; 48(Sup 6).
  • Pauly JL, Rodriguez MI, Falzone CM, Johnson MA, Hartley-McAndrew ME, Streck RJ. Methods for Viewing, Identifying and Enumerating Natural and Synthetic Fiber in Human Lung. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 1994; 149.
Books and Book Chapters:
  • Hartley-McAndrew ME, Weinstock AL. "Infantile Spasms/West Syndrome". Epilepsy Syndromes. 2010.

Presentations:
  • "Updates on Autism" Grand Rounds, South Buffalo Mercy Hospital (2013)
  • "The Sandy Hook School Shooting: What Have We Learned?" Annual Conference: Biomedical Advances of Autism, Harvard Medical School, American Chinese Exchange Society (2013)
  • "Advances in Autism" Brains and Gains, University at Buffalo, Department of Neurology (2012)
  • "An Evening with Dr. McAndrew" CASE: Center for Autism Support and Education, Daemen College (2012)
  • "The Neurobiological Basis of Autism" Annual Conference: Biomedical Advances of Autism, Harvard Medical School, American Chinese Exchange Society (2011)
Service Activities:
  • Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Comprehensive Review; Reviewer (2013)
  • National Professional Development Center on ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Evidence-Based Practices Update; Reviewer (2013)
  • North American Journal of Medicine and Science, Western New York Branch: Manuscript Review; Co-Director (2012–2013)
  • Parent Network Grant: Preventing the Storm; Advisory Board (2012)
  • National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program; Reviewer (2008–2010)
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute: Procedure for the Indentification and Enumeration of Cigarette Filter Fibers Present in the Lungs of Cancer Patients; Developer (1993)

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Contact Information

Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo
Division of Developmental Pediatrics & Rehabilitation
219 Bryant Street
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-1260
Fax: (716) 878-1454
Email: hartley4@buffalo.edu

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