Faculty Profiles

Edward, Fine
Fine, Edward, MDAssociate Professor of Neurology
Email: efine@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 932-6080, ext 102

Specialty/Research Focus:
General Neurology; Neurology; Neuromuscular Disorders

Research Summary:
Edward J. Fine, MD is Associate Professor of Neurology at State University at Buffalo. He is Board-Certified in Neurology with Extra Qualifications in Clinical Neurophysiology. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with neuromuscular disorders primarily and with epilepsy secondarily. Dr. Fine was born in Cincinnati, OH. He graduated cum laude from the Ohio University as a President’s Scholar. He was a Roessler Scholar and a graduate of The Ohio State University Medical School. His internship (PGY I training) was at Albert Einstein Medical School, Bronx, NY in Medicine. His PGY II was in neuropathology. He served Active Duty in the US Navy Medical Corps where he rose from Lt-jg to Commander. He served as Medical Officer to Destroyer Squadron 12 at sea and in the Naval Hospital at Newport, RI. He trained in Neurology at the Albany Medical Center in from 1970-2. He returned to Neuropathology as a Teaching Fellow at Brown University Medical School. Then he became Chief Resident in Neurology at the New Jersey University of Medicine and Dentistry in 1973. He joined and served on the faculty of the Rutgers Medical School (now Robert Wood Johnson, Jr., School of Medicine) in 1973-1978. At Brigham and Women’s Hospitals and Harvard Medical School, he mastered Clinical Neurophysiology from 1978-1979. Then he returned to Rutgers serving as Director of Neurological Services at the Robert Wood Johnson, Jr. Institute of Rehabilitation from 1980-1983. He joined the University at Buffalo in 1983. In 1993 and 1994 he received additional training in human physiology at the NIH-NINDS, Bethesda, MD. Dr. Fine has written 130 peer reviewed articles, book chapters and abstracts. He has published articles related to peripheral neuropathy, vitamin B12 deficiency and motor control. Dr Fine has an academic interest in the history of the neurosciences, serving as President of the International Society of the History of the Neurosciences in 2004 and on the editorial board of the Journal of the History of the Neurosciences from 2003 to present and Chair of Section of History of Neurology, American Academy of Neurology.

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

Specialty/Research Focus:
Child Neurology; Epilepsy; General Neurology; Neurology; Neurooncology; Pediatrics

Research Summary:
Dr. Khalid Kakish, a Board-certified Epileptologist and 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 epileptologist and 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.

Amit, Kandel
Kandel, Amit, MD, MBAClinical Assistant Professor
Email: akandel@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 932-6080, ext. 102

Specialty/Research Focus:
Neurology; Cerebrovascular (Stroke); General Neurology

Research Summary:
I AM A NEUROLOGIST AND A CLINICAL RESEARCHER with significant expertise in stroke prevention and treatment from both individual patient and public health perspectives. My broad-based clinical experience in the U.S. and Nepal includes work in trauma centers, comprehensive stroke centers, emergency rooms, acute care / ICU, inpatient, and outpatient settings. My background is ideally suited for positions in hospital administration, stroke centers, health operation and management; and health system management and public health consultancy. MY CURRENT RESEARCH FOCUS explores an area with both a high volume of stroke patients and stroke outcome and risk factors related to stroke. I also collaborate in multi-centric U.S. and worldwide research trials. Past research has been published in peer-reviewed pediatric, neurology, and general medical journals. I SUPERVISE AND INSTRUCT medical students and residents; received multiple commendations for teaching excellence. MY BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT KNOWLEDGE includes expertise in Finance, Accounting, Business Leadership, Health care strategy and Data Modeling. BOARD CERTIFIED IN NEUROLOGY, VASCULAR NEUROLOGY, AND BRAIN INJURY MEDICINE.

David, Lichter
Lichter, David, MBChB, FRACPClinical Professor of Neurology, University at Buffalo
Email: dlichter@buffalo.edu
Phone: 862-3141

Specialty/Research Focus:
Children and Adults; General Neurology; Movement Disorders; Neurodegenerative disorders; Neurology; Parkinson's; Tourette's Syndrome

Research Summary:
I received my medical degree from the University of Otago Medical School in New Zealand in 1977 and, following further advanced training in general medicine and Neurology was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 1984. On completion of a Neurology residency and fellowship in Movement Disorders at the University of Rochester (1988), I joined the faculty of the Department of Neurology at the University at Buffalo. As a Clinical Professor at UB, I am engaged in patient care and the teaching of students, residents and fellows at the VA Medical Center. I also have a focused Movement Disorders clinic at the Brain and Spine Center (Williamsville, NY). My interests include not only disorders of voluntary movement but also the associated cognitive, behavioral and psychiatric dysfunction commonly accompanying such disorders. Accordingly, I conduct clinical studies in Movement Disorders not only with my Neurology and Neuroimaging colleagues at UB, but have also collaborated on clinical studies in Tourette syndrome with colleagues from the UB Department of Psychiatry, where I have a secondary appointment, and with members of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Neurosciences. My publications include co-editing a textbook on “Frontal-Subcortical Circuits in Psychiatric and Neurological Disorders” (Guilford Press, 2001). I am an active member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Movement Disorders Society, the Tourette Syndrome Association, the American Neuropsychiatric Association, and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Margaret, Paroski
Email: paroski@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 829-5054

Specialty/Research Focus:
Neurology; General Neurology

Research Summary:
I am a board-certified neurologist, and I care for patients with a broad spectrum of neurologic conditions. I evaluate patients with new onset of neurologic symptoms such as headache, numbness, weakness, memory loss, confusion, problems with equilibrium, difficulty walking and disturbances in speech and vision. I provide ongoing care for patients with headaches, epilepsy, back pain and a variety of chronic neurologic conditions. I also have extensive experience in caring for adults with developmental disabilities. I see outpatients in the UBMD neurology offices at Buffalo General Medical Center and Essjay Rd. in Williamsville. I also see patients and supervise residents at the Buffalo General Medical Center outpatient clinic. I am deeply invested in the success of our medical students and have distinguished myself in teaching by receiving numerous teaching awards over the course of my career. I am the clerkship director for the required fourth-year medical school neurology module and have served in this role since 1991. I also teach Advanced Medicine, the pre-clinical neuroscience and musculoskeletal modules and the Clinical Practice of Medicine course. I bring to all my teaching and student interactions my keen interest in humanism in medicine. With a master’s degree in medical management and significant experience in hospital environments, I have expertise in measuring and improving quality of care, patient satisfaction and efficiency of care. I also have extensive experience in graduate medical education, risk management, physician compensation models and regulatory and compliance issues in health care.

Robert, Sawyer, Jr.
Sawyer, Jr., Robert, MDClinical Associate Professor
Email: robertsa@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 932-6080, ext. 102

Specialty/Research Focus:
Cerebrovascular (Stroke); General Neurology; Neurology

Research 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).

Robert, Zivadinov
Zivadinov, Robert, MD, PhDProfessor of Neurology; Director, Translational Imaging Center at Clinical Translational Research Center; Director, Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center
Email: rz4@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 859-7040

Specialty/Research Focus:
Neurology; Neuroradiology - Radiology; Vascular and Interventional Radiology; Parkinson's; Multiple Sclerosis; Alzheimer Disease / Memory Disorders; Developmental Neurology; General Neurology; Neurodegenerative disorders; Neuroimaging

Research Summary:
I direct the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center (BNAC) and have established the center as a world leader in performing quantitative MRI analysis in neurodegenerative disorders. I also direct the Translational Imaging Center at UB’s Clinical Translational Research Center (CTRC). I strive to extend the boundaries of current knowledge about neurological diseases and disorders through innovative imaging research techniques and the application of bioinformatics resources. My efforts are directed toward advancing technical, basic and translational research at UB which will, in turn, advance patient care. I have secured more than $30 million in research grants for collaborative research projects involving UB investigators as well as national and international collaborators. My research interests include structural and functional quantitative MRI analysis for humans and animals, including lesion/tumor identification and segmentation; perfusion and dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) mapping and quantification; fluid flow quantification; functional MRI analysis; diffusion tensor reconstruction and tractography; voxel-wise mapping and image-based group statistical analysis; longitudinal change analysis and tissue/pathology/structure volumetry. I study the application of these techniques in healthy individuals and in patients with various disease states such as multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, systemic lupus erythematosus and traumatic brain injury. I also concentrate on therapeutic interventions, including therapy directed toward assessing neuroprotective efforts in neurodegenerative disorders as well as the venous function, genetic and neuroepidemiology fields of these diseases. I direct the neurology resident research program. Over a period of two years, I guide third- and fourth-year medical residents through a rigorous assigned scientific research project that is a critical, required part of their training. In addition, I mentor and supervise undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students and MRI fellows. In this role, I help to educate these trainees on clinical MRI use as well as neuroimaging analysis. I also oversee students and fellows conducting research in neurological disorders. One of the most rewarding experiences in my career is helping young physicians and researchers start successful clinical or research careers.