Rabi N. Tawil, M.D.

Rabi N. Tawil, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 673
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-2559
Fax: (585) 273-1255

Professional Bio

Dr. Tawil is co-Director of the MDA Neuromuscular Disease Clinic at the University of Rochester. He is also Director of the Neuromuscular Pathology Laboratory and is responsible for the interpretation of all muscle biopsy samples use for diagnosing muscle diseases. His clinical interests include all acquired and inherited muscle diseases, myasthenia gravis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He has special expertise in facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), the non-dystrophic myotonias and the periodic paralyses.

Research Bio

Dr. Tawil's current research interest in focused on FSHD and he is leading an international collaborative effort to understand the underlying molecular mechanisms in FSHD and work towards treatments to slow progression and improve strength in FSHD. Dr. Tawil also participated in a number of research studies that helped identify the genetic cause for the different forms of periodic paralysis. More broadly, Dr. Tawil is interested in bringing new treatments to neuromuscular disorders and has participated and helped organize numerous neuromuscular treatment trials.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Buswell Fellowship Award | University of Rochester 1994 - 1995
Muscular Dystrophy Association Fellowship 1991 - 1993

Patents

Data Forms for: Cellular and Molecular Pathophysiology (CAMP) of Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD) Study

United States Serial NO.: 1-299598931
Filed Date: December 18, 2009
Title: Data Forms for: Cellular and Molecular Pathophysiology (CAMP) of Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD) Study
Invented by: Al-Rabi Tawil
Physician Checklists for FSHD (Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy) and DM (Myotonic Dystrophy)

United States Serial NO.: 1-686888271
Filed Date: November 16, 2011
Title: Physician Checklists for FSHD (Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy) and DM (Myotonic Dystrophy)
Invented by: Richard Moxley, III, Al-Rabi Tawil, Charles Thornton, Michael McDermott
Methods For Determining The Presence Or Risk Of Developing Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy (FSHD)

United States Serial NO.: 13/817,531
Filed Date: August 18, 2011
Title: Methods For Determining The Presence Or Risk Of Developing Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy (FSHD)
Invented by: Al-Rabi Tawil, Stephen Tapscott, Linda Geng, Silvere van der Maarel
Patient Information Forms for FSHD (Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy), DM (Myotonic Dystrophy), and Unaffected Blood Relatives of Individuals with FSHD or DM

United States Serial NO.: 1-686948337
Filed Date: November 16, 2011
Title: Patient Information Forms for FSHD (Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy), DM (Myotonic Dystrophy), and Unaffected Blood Relatives of Individuals with FSH
Invented by: Richard Moxley, III, Al-Rabi Tawil, Charles Thornton, Michael McDermott

Recent Journal Articles

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2014 Oct 15
Yao Z, Snider L, Balog J, Lemmers RJ, Van Der Maarel SM, Tawil R, Tapscott SJ. "DUX4-induced gene expression is the major molecular signature in FSHD skeletal muscle." Human molecular genetics. 2014 Oct 15; 23(20):5342-52. Epub 2014 May 26.
2014 Oct
Cleland JC, Tawil R. "Post-exercise increment in compound muscle action potential amplitude in hyperkalemic periodic paralysis." Clinical neurophysiology : official journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. 2014 Oct; 125(10):2134-5. Epub 2014 Feb 17.
2014 Aug
Zeng W, Chen YY, Newkirk DA, Wu B, Balog J, Kong X, Ball AR, Zanotti S, Tawil R, Hashimoto N, Mortazavi A, van der Maarel SM, Yokomori K. "Genetic and epigenetic characteristics of FSHD-associated 4q and 10q D4Z4 that are distinct from non-4q/10q D4Z4 homologs." Human mutation. 2014 Aug; 35(8):998-1010. Epub 2014 Jun 24.
2014 Aug
Statland J, Tawil R. "Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy." Neurologic clinics. 2014 Aug; 32(3):721-8, ix. Epub 2014 May 15.
2014 May
Kang PB, Gooch CL, McDermott MP, Darras BT, Finkel RS, Yang ML, Sproule DM, Chung WK, Kaufmann P, de Vivo DC, . "The motor neuron response to SMN1 deficiency in spinal muscular atrophy." Muscle & nerve. 2014 May; 49(5):636-44.

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Neurology, NMD (SMD) - Primary
Professor - Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (SMD)

Specialties

Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Education

MD | Medicine | Lebanon-Sch Med Amer U Beirut1985
MS | Physiology | Lebanon - Non-Medical School1981
BS | Biology | Emory University1979

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Neuromuscular Disease at Strong Memorial Hospital- GME Office07/01/1991 - 7/31/1993
Residency in Neurology at Strong Memorial Hospital- GME Office07/01/1988 - 6/30/1991
Residency in Internal Medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland07/01/1987 - 6/30/1988
Internship in Internal Medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland07/01/1986 - 06/30/1987