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Ping                           Li

Ping Li MD, MSc

Department of Neurology

Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Program Director, Clinical Assistant Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Clinical Neurophysiology; Epilepsy; Neurology

 
Professional Summary:

I am board-certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology. My clinical practice focuses on the care of patients with epilepsy. With advanced training, my expertise lies not only in clinical care but also in interpreting electroencephalography (EEG) and performing electrodiagnostic studies, including nerve conduction studies (NCS) and electromyography (EMG). I see outpatients at Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC) and the UBMD Neurology clinic in Williamsville. I am one of the attending physicians in the epilepsy monitoring unit at the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. I also attend the inpatient neurology service at BGMC and the Buffalo VA Medical Center (Buffalo VAMC).

My research focus is on epilepsy, but I am open to research ideas that address other neurological diseases which can help patient management. My current research is mainly chart review retrospective studies on: 1.) the yield of EEG after new-onset seizures and 2.) potential modifiable factors contributing to the delay of epilepsy surgery. I will participate in a few multicenter studies, including one that aims to determine the main reason for 30-day readmission to the epilepsy monitoring unit. Another is a prospective study for a new medication that might help with super-refractory status epilepticus. I am also interested in conducting retrospective studies on the association between epilepsy and stress.

I am the clinical neurophysiology fellowship director. I design training curriculum, interview fellowship applicants and coordinate the scholarly activity of fellows. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to help fellows develop into successful neurologists specialized in clinical neurophysiology.

I am also actively involved in research mentorship and in the teaching of medical students, neurology residents and clinical neurophysiology fellows. With my extensive experience in conducting research with trainees, I am familiar with the needs of residents and fellows and enjoy helping them and providing guidance to them throughout the duration of their training.

Education and Training:
  • Fellowship, Clinical Neurophysiology, University at Buffalo (2013)
  • Residency, Neurology, University at Buffalo (2012)
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, University at Buffalo (2009)
  • MS, Neuroscience, University of British Columbia (2003)
  • MB, Medicine, Beijing Medical University (1997)
Employment:
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology, University at Buffalo (2013-present)
  • Program Director, Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship, Neurology, University at Buffalo
  • Research Assistant, Neuroscience, University of British Columbia, Canada (2003–2008)

Research Expertise:
  • Electroencephalography (EEG): Interpreting EEG
  • Epilepsy: Evaluation and management of patients with epilepsy
  • Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS) and Electromyography (EMG): Performing and interpreting NCS and EMG
Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • Jog for Jake
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $5,000

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Professional Memberships:
  • American Epilepsy Society; member (2010–present)
  • American Academy of Neurology; member (2010–present)
Presentations:
  • "Is platelet response test status associated with NIH stroke scale and stroke location?" American Academy of Neurology Annual Conference, American Academy of Neurology (2013)
  • "Epilepsy surgery in MRI-negative sound-induced startle epilepsy." American Epilepsy Society Annual Conference, American Epilepsy Society (2012)
  • "Heparin may not improve recanalization of intraluminal thrombi in acute stroke patients." American Neurological Association in partnership with Association of British Neurologist Annual Conference, American Neurological Association in partnership with Association of British Neurologist (2012)
  • "Does omega-3 fatty acid ethyl esters improve clopidogrel associated P2Y12 inhibition in stroke patients?" American Academy of Neurology Annual Conference, American Academy of Neurology (2012)
  • "Obstructive Sleep Apnea in an Epilepsy Population." American Epilepsy Society Annual Conference, American Epilepsy Society (2010)
  • "2-photon imaging indicates that ischemic depolarization but not NMDA receptor activity is the major cause of calcium entry and circuit damage during stroke in vivo." Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, Society for Neuroscience (2007)
  • "In vivo imaging of dendritic spine turnover in peri-infarct cortex following stroke." Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, Society for Neuroscience (2006)
  • "Spatial and temporal relationship between cortical microcirculaiton and ischemic damage to spines in mouse somatosensory cortex in vivo." Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, Society for Neuroscience (2006)
  • "Induction of the Nrf2-driven antioxidant response confers neuroprotection during mitochondrial stress in vivo." Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, Society for Neuroscience (2005)
  • "Meningeal cells efficiently protect neurons against oxidative stress by GSH-dependent mechanisms." Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, Society for Neuroscience (2005)
  • "Minimal perfusion parameters derived from in vivo two-photon imaging of dendritic spines within the ischemic core and penumbra of YFP transgenic mice." Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, Society for Neuroscience (2005)
  • "Structural plasticity of YFP-labeled axons and dendrites following stroke parallels neovascularization." Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, Society for Neuroscience (2005)
  • "A coordinated Nrf2-medicated antioxidant response promotes neuronal survival following cerebral ischemia in vivo." Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, Society for Neuroscience (2004)
  • "High resolution 2-photon imaging of acute and chronic effects for ischemia in mouse in vivo." Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, Society for Neuroscience (2004)
  • "Nrf2 activation protects neurons from experimental stroke by inducing a multi-faceted antioxidant defense." Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, Society for Neuroscience (2003)
  • "Opioid binding cell adhesion molecule is a candidate for visual cortex plasticity." Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, Society for Neuroscience (2002)
  • "Postnatal development of interleukin-11 in cat primary visual cortex." Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, Society for Neuroscience (2002)
  • "Cluster analysis of gene expression patterns during enhanced periods of visual cortex plasticity." Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, Society for Neuroscience (2001)
  • "Heme oxygenase-1 plays an important protective role in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis." Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, Society for Neuroscience (2001)
  • "Immunocytochemical study of OBCAM in cat primary visual cortex during postnatal development." Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference, Society for Neuroscience (2001)
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Contact Information

Buffalo General Hospital
Dept. of Neurology
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: 716-8597540
Fax: 716-8597833
Email: pli6@buffalo.edu

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