Gary J. Myers, M.D.

Gary J. Myers, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 631
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-2971
Fax: (585) 275-3683

Professional Bio

Dr. Myers graduated from the U of Kansas with a BA in Biology in 1957 and from the U of Kansas School of Medicine in 1963. He completed his Pediatric residencey at the Childrens's Hospital Medical Center in Boston. Following military service at Fort Bragg, NC, he returned to Children's or a residency in Child Neurology. He started his academic career at the U of R in 1971 and in 1978 moved to the U of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) where he rose to a tenured Professorship. At UAB he practiced Pediatric Neurology, attended in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and served as director of the UAB Sparks Center training professionals inthe care of children with disabilities.

In 1990 he returned to the U of R as a Professor in Neurology, Pediatrics, and Environmental Medicine. In addition to practicing and teaching Child Neurology throughout his career, he has been active in research on the relationship of environmental toxicants to children's development. He has worked with the Seychelles Child Development Study for over 30 years studying the relationship of fish consumption with its nutritional benefits and exposure to methylmercury to children's development.

Research Bio

Dr. Myers primary research interest is environmental toxins, specifically mercury. He started studying methyl mercury exposure following the 1971-2 epidemic in Iraq and has worked with the Rochester mercury research group since then. In 1986 the Rochester mercury research group began a prospective longitudinal study of mercury exposure from fish consumption in the Seychelles Islands called the Seychelles Child Development Study (SCDS). Seychellois consume fish with 10-12 meals each week and the fish mercury content there is similar to that of oceanic fish sold in the US. This prospective, longitudinal, observational epidemiological study has been ongoing for over 25 years. Dr. Myers is also the follow up site PI for the Neonatal Research Network studying the outcomes of extremely premature infants.

Recent Journal Articles

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2015 Mar
Strain J, Yeates AJ, van Wijngaarden E, Thurston SW, Mulhern MS, McSorley EM, Watson GE, Love TM, Smith TH, Yost K, Harrington D, Shamlaye CF, Henderson J, Myers GJ, Davidson PW. "Prenatal exposure to methyl mercury from fish consumption and polyunsaturated fatty acids: associations with child development at 20 mo of age in an observational study in the Republic of Seychelles." The American journal of clinical nutrition. 2015 Mar; 101(3):530-7. Epub 2015 Jan 21.
2015 Mar
PĂ©riard D, Beqiraj B, Hayoz D, Viswanathan B, Evans K, Thurston SW, Davidson PW, Myers GJ, Bovet P. "Associations of baroreflex sensitivity, heart rate variability, and initial orthostatic hypotension with prenatal and recent postnatal methylmercury exposure in the Seychelles Child Development Study at age 19 years." International journal of environmental research and public health. 2015 Mar; 12(3):3395-405. Epub 2015 Mar 23.
2015 Feb 1
Myers GJ, Davidson PW, Watson GE, van Wijngaarden E, Thurston SW, Strain JJ, Shamlaye CF, Bovet P. "Methylmercury exposure and developmental neurotoxicity." Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2015 Feb 1; 93(2):132. Epub 2014 Dec 19.
2015 Jan
Hintz SR, Barnes PD, Bulas D, Slovis TL, Finer NN, Wrage LA, Das A, Tyson JE, Stevenson DK, Carlo WA, Walsh MC, Laptook AR, Yoder BA, Van Meurs KP, Faix RG, Rich W, Newman NS, Cheng H, Heyne RJ, Vohr BR, Acarregui MJ, Vaucher YE, Pappas A, Peralta-Carcelen M, Wilson-Costello DE, Evans PW, Goldstein RF, Myers GJ, Poindexter BB, McGowan EC, Adams-Chapman I, Fuller J, Higgins RD, . "Neuroimaging and neurodevelopmental outcome in extremely preterm infants." Pediatrics. 2015 Jan; 135(1):e32-42. Epub 2014 Dec 01.
2014 Aug
Stevens TP, Finer NN, Carlo WA, Szilagyi PG, Phelps DL, Walsh MC, Gantz MG, Laptook AR, Yoder BA, Faix RG, Newman JE, Das A, Do BT, Schibler K, Rich W, Newman NS, Ehrenkranz RA, Peralta-Carcelen M, Vohr BR, Wilson-Costello DE, Yolton K, Heyne RJ, Evans PW, Vaucher YE, Adams-Chapman I, McGowan EC, Bodnar A, Pappas A, Hintz SR, Acarregui MJ, Fuller J, Goldstein RF, Bauer CR, O'Shea TM, Myers GJ, Higgins RD, . "Respiratory outcomes of the surfactant positive pressure and oximetry randomized trial (SUPPORT)." The Journal of pediatrics. 2014 Aug; 165(2):240-249.e4. Epub 2014 Apr 13.

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Neurology, Child Neurology (SMD) - Primary
Professor - Department of Environmental Medicine (SMD)
Professor - Department of Pediatrics, Neurodevelopmental & Behavioral Pediatrics (SMD)


Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine - American Board of Pediatrics
Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics


MD | Medicine | Univ Kansas Coll Hlth Sci/Hosp1963
BA | Biology | University of Kansas1957

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Residency in Neurology at Boston Children s Hospital09/01/1964 - 06/30/1971
Internship in Pediatrics at Boston Children s Hospital09/01/1963 - 06/30/1964