Clinical Assistant Professor
I am a neurologist with special training in the treatment of movement disorders. In an outpatient setting, I care for patients with Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease (HD), generalized and focal dystonia, essential tremor, Tourette’s syndrome, tardive dyskinesia, progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple systems atrophy, ataxias, and other movement disorders. I perform botulinum toxin injections for dystonia, blepharospasm and sialorrhea. I also care for patients with neurological disorders when they have been admitted to Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC).
I am the Director of the Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) program at the University at Buffalo. I evaluate patients to determine if DBS surgery will help alleviate their neurological symptoms; if it will, I perform intraoperative electrophysiology monitoring during DBS lead placement. I also program patients’ neurostimulator system following DBS surgery. I collaborate closely with my neurosurgical colleagues from UBMD Neurosurgery and DBS team members to provide an integrated treatment plan for each of my patients.
I am the Director of the University at Buffalo HD clinic that provides full care for individuals with HD. HD is a dominantly inherited genetic disease: each child of a parent with HD has a 50 percent chance of inheriting the disease from their affected parent. At the HD clinic, I ensure that patients receive a team- and family-centered approach to their care—i.e., in addition to the medical care patients receive from me, they and their families receive support from a social worker and a genetic counselor. We also offer counseling and genetic testing for individuals that are at risk of having HD. To set up an appointment in the University at Buffalo Huntington‘s Disease Clinic or learn more information about predictive testing for individuals at risk for HD please contact our scheduler at 716-932-6080.
My research is focused on the role of the cannabinoid system in HD, and I have collaborated with my basic science colleagues to provide a translational approach in this area of research. My research efforts also include a study determining the reliability of Parkinson’s disease rating scales assessments performed remotely via virtual telemedicine visits compared to in-person assessments completed as part of an active clinical trial.
I also teach residents and medical students in clinic and on the general neurology service at BGMC.