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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 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)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo (2015-present)
  • Attending Physician, Division of Developmental Pediatrics and Rehabilitation, UBMD Pediatrics, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2015-present)
  • Medical Director, Children‘s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center, 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:
  • University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: Michael E. Cohen Award for Excellence in Resident Research (2007)

Research Expertise:
  • Epilepsy
  • Neurobiology of autism
Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • June 2017–March 2018
    Conversations in the Disciplines
    SUNY University Faculty Senate
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Journal Articles:
Books and Book Chapters:
  • Hartley-McAndrew ME, Weinstock AL. "Infantile Spasms/West Syndrome". Epilepsy Syndromes. 2010.
  • 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.

Professional Memberships:
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Fellow (FAAP) (2005–present)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: New York 1 Chapter for Children with Disabilities
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • "On Analyzing Dynamic Components of Social Scene Parsing Strategy in Autism Spectrum Disorder" 3rd International Conference on Biomedical and Heath Informatics, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2016)
  • "DSM5 vs. DSM4: What's the Difference?" Pediatric Grand Rounds, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (2015)
  • "Is Your Child Meeting Developmental Milestones?" Parent Talk, Timeless WECK (2015)
  • "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–present)
  • 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–present)
  • 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

UBMD Pediatrics
Division of Developmental Pediatrics & Rehabilitation
1001 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 323-6410
Fax: (716) 323-6677

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