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Faculty Profiles

Michael, Cohen
Email: mecohen@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 932-6080, ext. 100

Specialty/Research Focus:
Neurology; Child Neurology; Neurooncology; Oncology

Research Summary:
I see patients at the UBMD Neurology clinic on Essjay Road in Williamsville and the UBMD Pediatrics clinic at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. I also see patients at the Western New York Psychiatric Center once a month. My research has focused on childhood brain tumors. My current research interests include: clinical evaluation of chemotherapy in childhood brain tumors; long-term treatment effects of childhood brain tumors; pharmacokinetics of anticonvulsants; seizure disorders in children and pediatric neurooncology with emphasis on protocol development. I mentor residents throughout their neurology training, supervise and organize weekly professor rounds, oversee a monthly clinical pathologic conference for residents, participate in weekly child neurology rounds and supervise residents weekly in clinic. I also deliver child neurology lectures to third- and fourth-year medical students. I am deeply invested in graduating residents capable of delivering the highest-quality care possible to their patients and in developing in them an understanding of the role of research in medical care. The Department of Neurology’s annual resident‘s research day has been named in my honor. In 2013, my colleague Dr. Patricia Duffner and I created an endowment to help support the teaching and research needs of both the child and adult neurology divisions of the Department of Neurology.

Sarah, Finnegan
Finnegan, Sarah, MD, PhDChild Neurology Residency Program Director, Clinical Associate Professor
Email: finnegan@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 932-6080, ext. 100

Specialty/Research Focus:
Epilepsy; Neurology; Child Neurology

Research Summary:
I am a neurologist with added qualifications in child neurology and clinical neurophysiology. I am an attending physician in the Comprehensive Epilepsy Unit at the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB) where I interpret inpatient and outpatient electroencephalograms (EEGs) in neonates, children and adults. I see inpatients at WCHOB, treating a broad range of neurologic conditions and emergencies. My clinical focus is epilepsy, and I have a special interest in caring for disabled adults with epilepsy who have unique quality of life issues. I also care for women with epilepsy, with an emphasis on bone health, reproductive issues and pregnancy. In addition, I manage patients with a wide range of disorders including developmental disorders, headache, tic disorders and Tourette syndrome. My research interests include investigation of techniques to promote neurodevelopment in conditions such as Rett syndrome, a devastating childhood neurodevelopmental disorder. I teach and train medical students, neurology, pediatric, and psychiatric residents and clinical neurophysiology fellows. My teaching activities include delivering core medical student lectures such as the Introduction to the Neurological Examination, Child Neurology and Childhood Epilepsy. It is a privilege to be able to influence medical students, residents and fellows during the formative stage of their careers. My goals are to foster in them an understanding of the full implications of caring for patients and to expose them to intellectual discoveries that will enrich their professional lives and their ability to give their patients the best possible care. In August 2015, I was appointed residency director of the child neurology training program. My focus will be enhancing the overall training experience. I will also lead recruiting efforts as well as efforts to develop clinical and research opportunities for our residents.

Khalid, Kakish
Kakish, Khalid, MDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: drkakish@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 932-6080, ext. 100

Specialty/Research Focus:
Child Neurology; Neurology

Research Summary:
Dr. Khalid Kakish, a Board-certified Neurologist with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology and Attending of neurology at Children‘s Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo Medical CTR and UBMD Neurology clinics , he is also appointed on the faculty of Medicine of University at Buffalo. Dr Kakish has eased the anguish for thousands of patients with wide range of neurological diseases. “My goal is to help patients with neurological conditions live in the most convenient, painless and functional way possible,” he says. “If neurologic conditions are not treated, they continue to get worse, causing physical and psychological impairments.” As a board-certified neurologist, Dr. Kakish deals with all aspects of diseases of brain, nerves and muscles. His practice includes the most updated evidence based knowledge and science for treating children with various neurologic conditions. “We do all we can to make this as easy as possible for our patients,” Dr. Kakish says. Dr. Kakish has a special interest in treating neuro-metabolic conditions, neuro-genetic conditions, Headaches, Migraine, seizure disorders, behavioral and developmental disorders,demyelinating conditions like multiple sclerosis and optic neuritis. He provides a comprehensive neurological evaluation using an onsite diagnostic EEG, EMG, and MRI that makes treatment simple and efficient. Dr. Kakish, a graduate of Baylor college of medicine, served his Fellowship at Texas Children hospital in Houston,Texas. He is a member of The child neurology Society , Texas Medical Association and American academy of neurology. He has written and published several research papers in peer reviewed journals.

Susan, Kerr
Kerr, Susan, MDAssociate Professor of Clinical Neurology
Email: slkerr@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 932-6080, ext. 100

Specialty/Research Focus:
Neurology; Child Neurology; Epilepsy

Thomas, Langan
Langan, Thomas, MDClinical Director, Hunter James Kelly Research Institute; Associate Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics, and Physiology and Biophysics
Email: tjlangan@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 932-6080, ext. 100

Specialty/Research Focus:
Child Neurology; Children and Adults; Developmental Neurology; Neurology; Pediatrics

Research Summary:
My research was focused originally on using astrocyte cell cultures to shed light upon processes related to astro-gliosis, the key response of developing and mature brain to injury. The laboratory succeeded in modeling many immunochemical features of gliosis in primary brain cell culture. More recently, I have been involved in the clinical care of, and research regarding, children with leukodystrophies. This includes coordinating several clinical research projects in roles as Clinical Director of the Hunter James Kelly Research Institute (HJKRI), and as President of the New York State Krabbe Disease Consortium. Projects include expansion of the World Wide Registry for Krabbe Disease (WWR), a database maintained at HJKRI that now has clinical and genetic information for over 150 affected patients afflicted with this rare disease, and examining ways to involve the WWR in national data-sharing initiatives promoted by the NIH, including the Newborn Screening Translational Research Network (NBSTRN). HJKRI is also conducting long-term follow-up studies of affected children, in conjunction with the Rare Clinical Disease Research Network (RDCRN) examining neuro-developmental parameters before and after therapeutic transplantation. Additional projects include exploration of the genotype/phenotype relationship in Krabbe, including exome and whole genome analyses with collaborators, and participating in research to uncover new biomarkers and to develop novel therapies. I am also the Director of the Headache and Concussion clinics at Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. These clinical leadership roles in Western New York and New York State can facilitate significant recruitment into multi-center research studies.

Arie, Weinstock
Weinstock, Arie, M.D.Professor of Clinical Neurology; Medical Director, Child Neurology Division; Director, Epilepsy Program and Long Term Monitoring
Email: alw4@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 932-6080, ext. 100

Specialty/Research Focus:
Neurology; Child Neurology; Epilepsy

Research Summary:
I joined the Department of Neurology and the University at Buffalo in July 1998 with the goal to develop the EEG and pediatric epilepsy program. Prior to that time, I completed residencies in Pediatrics at the University of Tel-Aviv and at Rainbow Babies Case Western University, as well as fellowships in Child Neurology and in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. I currently serve as Director of the Division of Child Neurology, the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit as well as the EEG laboratories for Kaleida Health. I was promoted to Professor in Clinical Neurology in March 2014. I serve as the main instructor for EEG and Epilepsy for neurology residents and clinical neurophysiology fellows, and mentored numerous residents and fellows for research projects. The child neurology division was recognized by the “US NEWS and WORLD REPORT” as one of the Top 50 Children’s Hospital in the field of Neurology/Neurosurgery in 2013 and 2011. Our 8-bed epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) was recognized as a Level IV NAEC level for 4 years in a row (highest possible) by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). The EMU was awarded a $1,000,000 grant by the Cummings Foundation to build a new 12-bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, Buffalo, NY. My interests in child neurology and epilepsy have focused on management of refractory epilepsy in children, epilepsy surgery and EEG. I am board certified in child neurology, clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy. I read evoke potentials and perform Quality Assurance of EEG‘s at various hospitals in the city of Buffalo. My main research is relate to the diagnosis and management of refractory epilepsy and epilepsy surgery. I have been the site investigator for many Pharma and NINDS sponsored studies on novel anti-epileptic drug therapies, particularly as they relate to pediatric epilepsy, and was the PI of various investigator initiated studies. I am passionate in the education of epilepsy and EEG and guiding medical students, neurology residents and clinical neurophysiology fellows into their careers while promoting the field of epilepsy. Professor of Clinical Neurology State University of New York at Buffalo Medical Director, Child neurology Division Director, Epilepsy Program and Long Term Monitoring Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo 219 Bryant Street Buffalo, New York 14222 Phone: (716) 878-7840, Fax: (716) 878-7326 E-mail: alw4@buffalo.edu