Svetlana Primma Eckert

Svetlana Primma Eckert

Svetlana Primma Eckert

Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology

Department of Neurology

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Specialty/Research Focus

General Neurology; Multiple Sclerosis; Neuroimaging; Neuroimaging Analysis; Neuroimmunology; Neurology

Contact Information
1010 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14202
Phone: 716-829-5055
Fax: 716-829-3010

Patient Care

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Professional Summary:

Dr. Eckert is a board-certified adult neurologist with specialization in Multiple Sclerosis/Autoimmune Neurology and Neuroimaging. She provides comprehensive care for patients with MS and other autoimmune neurologic diseases at the Jacobs Multiple Sclerosis Center for Treatment and Research at UBMD Neurology.

She is a first-generation immigrant, and after completing her undergraduate studies in Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Eckert made moved to Buffalo for medical school, and made Buffalo her new permanent home, where she completed medical school and neurology residency training at the University of Buffalo, and subsequently a combined 2-year MS and Neuroimaging Fellowship at UBMD Neurology.

As part of the team of faculty at the UBMD Neurology affiliated with University at Buffalo, Dr. Eckert is very involved in resident and medical student teaching both in the hospital and outpatient settings, and lectures regularly on neuroimaging and autoimmune neurology as well as patients.

Dr. Eckert’s interests include multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders, myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein, and, very importantly, autoimmune encephalitis. She is also involved in multiple research studies examining the mechanisms and treatments of autoimmune neurologic diseases.

Education and Training:

  • - Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology - Neuroimaging, University at Buffalo - UBMD Neurology (2019)
  • Fellowship, Multiple Sclerosis and Other Autoimmune Neurologic Disorders, UBMD Neurology - University at Buffalo (2019)
  • Fellowship, Neuroimaging, UBMD Neurology - University at Buffalo (2019)
  • MD, Medicine, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (2013)
  • Internship, NINDS Clinical Research, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders (NIH) (2009)
  • BA, Biophysics, Johns Hopkins University - Krieger School of Arts and Sciences (2008)


  • Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Fellowship Director, Neurology, UBMD Neurology - University at Buffalo (2023-present)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology, Neurology, UBMD Neurology Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2019-present)

Research Expertise:

  • Autoimmune encephalitis: I am currently a co-PI on a study of a multi-center study of inebilizumab in the treatment of NMDA-receptor autoimmune encephalitis. NN-111 EXTINGUISH study.
  • Multiple Sclerosis and other neurologic autoimmune diseases: I am currently collaborating on several other MS-related research studies. I also mentor medical students interested in medical research and have mentored a high school student on a research project related to the effect of COVID on MS.
  • Research mentor for medical and high school students: I really enjoy teaching medical students and working with them on various medical student level research projects and case reports. I have also mentored a high school sstudent in the past who won a prize for excellence in medical research at her local science fair.

Research Centers:

  • Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center
  • Jacobs Neurological Institute

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Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Neurology; Professional society membership
  • American Society of Neuroimaging; Professional society membership


  • "Autoimmune Encephalitis" Grand rounds presentation to an outside medical community on autoimmune encephalitis (2024)
  • "American Society of Neuroimaging (ASN) Expertise Webinar Series" Online talk related to updates in neuroimaging in multiple sclerosis and future directions (2022)
  • "Neurosurgery Grand Rounds on MS and NMOSD" Neurosurgery educational grand rounds (2020)
  • "Emergency medicine grand rounds" Educations grand rounds on Neuroimaging (2019)
  • "Invited Internal Medicine Morning Report" Interactive online teaching sessions to the internal medicine residents reviewing neuroimaging.

Service Activities:

  • Alternate while another member was on leave; Alternate (2023–2024)
  • Development of infusion protocols for new MS infusion medications; Development of infusion protocols (2023–2024)
  • I have given several talks related to MS in the black and hispanic populations to raise awareness and provide education and improve recognition of MS disease and treatment of symptoms in these populations; Educational programs related to raising awareness in the black and Hispanic MS population (2022–present)
  • Advising residents on research project feasibility and reviewing resident research proposals and drafts for quality and improvement; Resident Research Committee Member (2021–present)
  • ; CPM preceptor (2020–present)

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Contact Information

1010 Main Street
Buffalo, New York 14202
Phone: 716-829-5055
Fax: 716-829-3010

This faculty member is affiliated with UBMD, practicing physicians who are also professors in the Jacobs School.

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