Robert C. Griggs, M.D.

Robert C. Griggs, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box CU 420669
Rochester, NY 14642

Appointment: (585) 275-URMC (8762)

  • Admits to Strong Memorial Hospital Admits to Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Admits to Highland Hospital Admits to Highland Hospital

Professional Bio

Dr. Griggs is Professor of Neurology, Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Pediatrics and Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He was Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Rochester (1986-2008). He received his BA from the University of Delaware and his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He received training in Internal Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Rochester where he was Chief Resident in Medicine and Fellow in Immunology. He trained in Neurology at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the University of Rochester. Dr. Griggs is an internist/neurologist specializing in neuromuscular diseases with a focus on experimental therapeutics. He has directed an NIH-funded training program in the Experimental Therapeutics of Neurological Disease since 1989. He has published over 350 scientific papers and 24 texts which span the fields of medicine and neurology. He served as President of the Association of University Professor of Neurology (1994-1996). He has served on the Council of the American Neurological Association. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Neurology (1997-2007).

He is Neurology Editor of Cecil Textbook of Medicine and an Editor of Cecil Essentials of Medicine. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1998. Dr. Griggs was President (2009-2011) of the American Academy of Neurology.

Patient Care Bio

Dr. Griggs is Professor of Neurology, Medicine, Pathology, Pediatrics Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He was Chair of the Department of Neurology and Neurologist-in-Chief at Strong Memorial Hospital from 1986 to 2008. He also held the Edward A. and Alma Vollerstein Rykenboer Chair in Neurophysiology at the University of Rochester. He received his BA from the University of Delaware and his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He received training in Internal Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Rochester where he was Chief Resident in Medicine and Fellow in Immunology. He trained in Neurology at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and the University of Rochester where he was Chief Resident in Neurology.



Dr. Griggs is an internist/neurologist specializing in neuromuscular diseases with a focus on experimental therapeutics. He has directed an NIH-funded training program in the Experimental Therapeutics of Neurological Disease since 1989. He has published over 350 scientific papers and 24 texts which span the fields of medicine and neurology. He served as President of the Association of University Professor of Neurology (1994-1996). He has served on the Council of the American Neurological Association. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Neurology 1997-2006 and as President of the American Academy of Neurology, 2009-2011. He is neurology Editor of Cecil Textbook of Medicine and an Editor of Cecil Essentials of Medicine. Dr. Griggs has received numerous awards for teaching including the American Academy of Neurology A.B. Baker Award and Lecture for Excellence in Teaching. He directed the educational programs of the AAN from 1992-1997. In 1998 he received the Robert Wartenberg Award and Lectureship of the AAN. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1998.

Since 1998, Dr. Griggs has chaired the Executive Committee of the Muscle Study Group (MSG), an international consortium of investigators focused on developing new treatments for neuromuscular disease. The MSG is supported by grants from the National Institute of Health, Food and Drug Administration, industry, and a number of foundations.

Dr. Griggs currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Academy of Neurology Foundation, the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics (ASENT). He Chairs the External Advisory Committee for Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery Queen Square, England and the NEMO Center, Milan, Italy.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Amicus 8, Faculty of Medicine, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland 2007 - Present
Woodward/White, Inc., The Best Doctors in America (listed since 1981) 2003
Honorary Member, French Neurological Society 2000
Rochester Academy of Medicine Award of Merit, Rochester, New York 1998
Elected, Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences 1998
Visiting Fellow, Department of Biochemistry, University of Leicester (Training in molecular biology in the laboratory of David Critchley, Ph.D.) 1990 - 1990
Burroughs Wellcome Traveling Research Fellowship, Leicester, U.K. (Laboratory of D. Critchley, Ph.D.) 1990
Mentor Award, University of Rochester 1984 - 1985
Albert H. Douglas, M.D. Memorial Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching. Medical Society of the State of New York 1984
Senior Fellow, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health 1981 - 1982
Dr. Henry C. and Bertha H. Buswell Distinguished Service Fellow, School of Medicine, University of Rochester 1980 - 1981
Fellow, Neuroscience Research Program; Boulder, Colorado 1972
American College of Physicians Research and Teaching Scholarship 1971 - 1974
Special Research Fellowship, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke; Bethesda, Maryland 1970 - 1971

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Neurology (SMD) - Primary
Professor - Department of Medicine (SMD)
Professor - Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (SMD)
Professor - Department of Pediatrics (SMD)
Professor - Center for Human Experimental Therapeutics

Specialties

Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Vascular Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine

Education

MD | Medicine | Univ Pennsylvania Sch Medicine1964
BA | Chemistry | University of Delaware1960

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center09/01/1968 - 06/30/1971
Residency in Neurology at National Institutes of Neurological Diseases and Blindness09/01/1966 - 06/30/1968
Internship in Internal Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry09/01/1964 - 06/30/1966