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Michelle                       Hartley-McAndrew

Michelle E. Hartley-McAndrew MD

Department of Neurology

Clinical Assistant Professor

Specialty/Research Focus


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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, State University of New York at Buffalo (2008)
  • Residency, State University of New York at Buffalo (2007)
  • Residency, Pediatrics, State University of New York at Buffalo (2004)
  • MD, Medicine, University College Dublin (2001)
  • BA, Pre-Med, Wellesley College, Cum Laude (1996)
  • Medical Director, The Children's Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center (2010-present)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, UB Department of Neurology (2008-present)
Awards and Honors:
  • Michael E. Cohen award for Excellence in Resident Research (2007)

Research Expertise:
  • Epilepsy
  • Neurobiology of autism

Evaluative Studies and Case Reports:
Journal Articles:

  • "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, State University of New York 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:
  • Reviewer of current practices, National Professional Development Center on ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Evidence-Based Practices Update; Reviewer (2013)
  • Co-director of manuscript review for the North American Journal of Medicine and Science, Western New York Branch (2012–2013)
  • Member of advisory board for the Parent Network grant “Preventing the Storm”; Advisory Board (2012)
  • Case reviewer for the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, 2008-2010; Reviewer (2008–2010)

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Contact Information

The Children‘s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center
Women and Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo
219 Bryant Street
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-7600
Fax: (716)878-1697

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