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Robert                         Sawyer

Robert N. Sawyer Jr., MD

Department of Neurology

Clinical Associate Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Cerebrovascular (Stroke); General Neurology; Neurology

Professional Summary:

My clinical practice focuses on vascular disease, predominantly stroke. I am the co-director of the Stroke Center at the Gates Vascular Institute where we treat more stroke patients than anywhere else in New York State. Our team, which includes our vascular neurologists, neuro-endovascular neurosurgeons and the Emergency Department at the Gates Vascular Institute, has been designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and received a “Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus” award from the American Heart Association. These are the highest awards possible in the United States for stroke care. Our Stroke Center team works with first responders to identify signs and symptoms of stroke, and we determine the best treatment protocol and formulate discharge and rehabilitation plans for patients. I then care for my stroke patients at 300 Essjay Rd. in Williamsville to provide continuity of care after hospitalization. I also care for patients recovering from stroke when they have been referred to me by other physicians. I monitor all my stroke patients to prevent a second occurrence of stroke, and I refer them to rehabilitation facilities that help them return to normal daily life. I work with patient families and caregivers as well to help ensure the best possible care for my patients. I am keenly involved in developing techniques, teams and systems that deliver state-of-the-art stroke care to residents of Western New York.

In addition to my clinical responsibilities, I am actively involved in medical student and neurology resident teaching. I have an extensive lecture schedule at national and international venues, with a special interest in stroke outreach programs at the local level. I am the principal investigator for numerous trials funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and commercial entities, and I manage the stroke database for UBMD Neurology.

I also serve as a flight physician at Metro Life Flight in Cleveland, Ohio, an internationally recognized transport service for critically ill patients. I am qualified in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).

Education and Training:
  • MD, Medicine, Case Western Reserve University (1988)
Awards and Honors:
  • Meritorious Service Medal (2001)
  • Meritorious Service Medal (2001)
  • Meritorious Service Medal (1998)
  • Defense Meritorius Service Medal (1995)

Research Expertise:
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Stroke

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Books and Book Chapters:
  • Ruff, R. L., Sawyer, R. N., and Al-Hakim, M. Viral Myositis. 1994.

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Contact Information

300 Essjay Road Suite 100
Amherst, NY 14221
Phone: (716) 859-7540
Fax: 716 859 2430

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