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Expert on Neuromuscular Disorders Named Neurology Chair

Gil I. Wolfe, MD

Gil I. Wolfe, MD

Published October 24, 2011

Gil I. Wolfe, MD, a leading authority on neuromuscular disorders, has been named the Irvin and Rosemary Smith Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology.

Wolfe will come to UB in December from the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical School, where he is the Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Foundation Distinguished Chair in Neuromuscular Disease Research, and professor of neurology and neurotherapeutics.

“Dr. Wolfe is an outstanding physician-scientist and educator,” says Michael E. Cain, MD, dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

“His leadership abilities will enable him to expand the department’s research, educational and clinical programs in alignment with UB 2020’s strategic goals and with the needs of our health care community.”

“Dr. Wolfe is an outstanding physician-scientist and educator.”
Michael E. Cain, MD
Dean, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Directs Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship Program

At UT Southwestern, Wolfe also serves as clinical vice chair of the Department of Neurology and chief of the Neuromuscular Division. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor of neurology in 1994.

Additionally, Wolfe directs UT Southwestern’s neuromuscular medicine fellowship program and peripheral neuropathy clinic, and co-directs the Muscular Dystrophy Association clinics. He formerly directed the school’s neurology residency and neurophysiology fellowship programs.

A native of New York City, Wolfe received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his medical degree from UT Southwestern. He completed an internal medicine internship and trained as a neurology resident and neuromuscular/electromyography fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia.

Research Focus on Neuropathies and Myasthenia Gravis

Wolfe’s primary research interests are idiopathic and immune-mediated peripheral neuropathies and myasthenia gravis.

He has authored or co-authored more than 80 research papers and 15 chapters on neuromuscular disorders.

His research has been sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, Food and Drug Administration and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Internationally Known Scholar, Teacher and Leader

Wolfe is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in neurology, neuromuscular medicine and clinical neurophysiology. He was elected to membership in the American Neurological Association in 2004 and is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.

He lectures nationally and internationally, serves on editorial boards of leading medical and scientific journals in his field and holds leadership positions in several professional societies.

Wolfe serves on the medical advisory boards for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, the Neuropathy Association and Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association. He has received UT Southwestern’s Trephined Cranium Award for Excellence in Residency Teaching on several occasions.