Alexis A. Lizarraga MD, MS

Alexis Lizarraga

Alexis A. Lizarraga
MD, MS

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

Multiple Sclerosis; Neuromuscular Disorders

Contact Information
Dept. of Neurology
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
1010 Main St., 2nd floor
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 829-5045
Fax: (716) 829-4411
aalizarr@buffalo.edu


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Professional Summary:

I evaluate and care for patients who have neuroimmunological disorders, including multiple sclerosis (MS), neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) and other inflammatory- and autoimmune-mediated central and peripheral nervous system disorders.

I completed a master's of science degree in clinical and translational investigation to better conduct translational research. My research interests focus on immune-mediated nervous system disorders--specifically, on predictive measures and outcomes research. In addition to participation in several clinical trials, I am actively investigating the prevalence and relationship between MS and neuropathy. I also have a particular interest in the pathophysiology of autonomic nervous system dysfunction in MS and the usefulness of autonomic measurements in developing treatment targets and predictive clinical measures in MS. The goal of my research is to better understand MS and to create better treatments that will positively impact patients' lives.

I teach, train and mentor medical students and residents. I like to explore trainees' gaps of knowledge rather than tell them all the answers, a technique that I believe encourages physicians-in-training to think deeply and exhaustively about new areas of learning. I also teach trainees the art of physical exam techniques, which is a special area of interest to me.

During medical school, I completed an enrichment program in social medicine and public health that gave me training and research in public health and health disparities. I use what I learned to sensitize medical students and residents to the myriad and complex issues related to the care of patients for whom medical care is often inaccessible.

Education and Training:

  • MS, University of Miami School of Medicine (2017)
  • Fellowship, University of Miami School of Medicine (2017)
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General/Brigham & Women‘s Hospital/Harvard Medical School (2015)
  • Residency, Neurology, Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami (2014)
  • MD, University of Miami School of Medicine, Pathway for Public Health & Social Medicine (2010)
  • BA, New York University, magna cum laude (2005)

Awards and Honors:

  • Director (2018)


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Presentations:

  • "Management of CNS demyelinating disorders with PNS involvement: the role of IVIg and Immunotherapy." University of Miami - NeuroUpdate (2017)
  • "Clinical and electrophysiological response to a factor Xa inhibitor in distal acquired demyelinating sensory motor neuropathy (DADS)." Annual Meeting of the American Neurological Association (2016)
  • "Malignancy in neuromyelitis optica." Annual Meeting of the American Neurological Association (2016)
  • "What nerve! Peripheral nervous system involvement in “central” demyelinating disorders." Grand Rounds, University at Buffalo Department of Neurology (2016)
  • "Chronic internuclear ophthalmoplegia: A marker for axonal damage in progressive multiple sclerosis." Annual Meeting of the American Neurological Association (2016)
  • "Abnormal movements of the head, neck, shoulders and upper back. Movement Disorders Society Video challenge selection" 20th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders (2016)
  • "High-dose cyclophosphamide in fulminant neuromyelitis optica" University of Miami - NeuroUpdate (2016)
  • "Early onset, acetazolamide-responsive, nonepisodic ataxia, familial hemiplegic migraine and a missense mutation in CACNA1A." Annual Meeting of the American Neurological Association (2015)
  • "Epilepsia partialis continua versus myoclonus: A diagnostic dilemma." Annual Meeting of the Florida Society of Neurology (2013)
  • "Antiepileptic Drugs and Adherence: A Critical Review." Annual Meeting of the American Epilepsy Society (2012)
  • "Clinicopathological Conference: Unusual Movements in a Cirrhotic Patient" University of Miami Dept. of Neurology Grand Rounds (2011)
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Contact Information

Dept. of Neurology
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
1010 Main St., 2nd floor
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 829-5045
Fax: (716) 829-4411
aalizarr@buffalo.edu

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