Chad R. Heatwole, M.D.

Chad R. Heatwole, M.D.

Contact Information

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

Appointment: (585) 275-2559

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Patient Care Bio

Chad Heatwole, MD, MS-CI is a neuromuscular clinician and researcher from the University of Rochester. He has an engineering degree from Virginia Tech, a medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, a master's degree in clinical investigation, and has completed a University of Rochester neurology residency, electrophysiology fellowship, and NIH-funded neuromuscular experimental therapeutics fellowship. His research funding has included a National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases K23 award, a Muscular Dystrophy Association TRIG award, and a New York State ECRIP award (among other awards). Dr. Heatwole's research has led to the development of an international network dedicated to improving the quality-of-life of neuromuscular patients through patient-centered clinical research. His primary professional interests include providing optimal care to patients with neuromuscular disorders, performing electrodiagnostic studies, training medical personnel, evaluating novel experimental therapeutics for neurological diseases though clinical trials, and developing an improved infrastructure to utilize disease-specific, patient-relevant endpoint measures for use in clinical trials and patient monitoring.



As a neurologist with sub-specialty training in neuromuscular medicine, electrophysiology, and experimental therapeutic development I am committed to: 1) providing optimal care to patients with neurological and neuromuscular disease; 2) teaching students, residents, and fellows; and, 3) training faculty in therapeutics and outcome measure development research. My main focus is in the management and diagnosis of patients with muscular dystrophy. Working in a well-established Neuromuscular Disease clinic at URMC, I have been able to develop a patient referral base from across the United States and from multiple countries throughout the world. My "myotonia clinic" now forms a key resource for patient recruitment and therapeutic care at the University of Rochester. In addition, I am partnering with patients and potential donors to develop a myotonic dystrophy type-2 research and clinical care center of excellence at the University of Rochester.

Awards & Honors (National)

Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation Research Grant (Supervising Mentor for Dr. Nick Johnson) | Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation 2012 - 2014
Clinical Research Loan Repayment Grant Renewal Recipient | NIH 2010
NIH Clinical Research Loan Repayment Grant Recipient | NIH 2008 - 2010
Clinical Research Loan Repayment Grant Renewal Recipient | NIH 2008
NIH K23 Career Development Grant Award Winner (NIAMS) | NIH 2008 - 2013
NIH Clinical and Translational Science Institute K12 Award Recipient | NIH 2007
NIH Clinical Research Loan Repayment Grant Recipient | NIH 2006 - 2008
NIH Experimental Therapeutics Grant Recipient for | NIH 2006 - 2007
American Neurology Association Scholarship Winner, Toronto 2004 | American Neurology Association 2004
Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society
American Neurology Association Scholarship Winner 2004 | Toronto

Awards & Honors (Local)

FDA Research Grant: Mexiletine Treatment in Myotonic Dystrophy Type-1 (Co-Investigator) | FDA 2011 - 2015
NIH Clinical Research Loan REpayment Grant REnewal Recipient | NIH 2010 - 2012
Paul Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center Umbrella Center | MDCRC 2008
2008 Muscular Dystrophy Association Translational Research Infrastructure Grant Award Winner (Funding from 2008-2011) 2008 - 2011
ECRIP (Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program) Grant Award Winner ( 2008 - 2010
Ad Hoc editor for Neurology 2005 - Present
UCB Pharma, Inc. Neurology Resident Scholar 2003
UCB Pharma, Inc. Neurology Resident Scholar. 2003 2003
Student Elective Term Scholarship Winner (MMA) 1999 1999
S.O.M. State Discretionary Scholarship Winner 1998 - 1999
S.O.M. State Discretionary Scholarship Winner 1998, 1999 1998 - 1999
Awarded Virginia Tech's Best ESM 1997 Ind. Senior Project Presentation 1997
Student Elective Term Scholarship Winner (MMA) 1999
Awarded Virginia Tech's Best ESM Ind. Senior Project Presentation 1997 | Virginia Tech
Golden Key Member
Dean's List (General Engineering, and in ESM)
Board of Supervisors Academic Excellence Award
Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society
Golden Key Member
Dean's List (General Engineering, and in ESM)
Board of Supervisors Academic Excellence Award
Patient and Family-Centered Care award (2011) | The University of Rochester
Patient and Family Centered Care Award | University of Rochester
Strong Star Award for Exceptional Service and Displaying Compassion and Respect to Patients, Familes and Co-workers

Patents

The Myotonic Dystrophy Type-1 Health Index (MDHI)

United States Serial NO.: 1-906336621
Filed Date: March 26, 2013
Title: The Myotonic Dystrophy Health Index (MDHI)
Invented by: Chad Heatwole
The Myotonic Dystrophy Type-1 Health Index (MDHI)

United States Serial NO.: 1-625245648
Filed Date: May 26, 2011
Title: The Myotonic Dystrophy Health Index (MDH)
Invented by: Chad Heatwole
The FSHD-Health Index

United States Serial NO.: 1-932503543
Filed Date: May 8, 2013
Title: The FSHD-Health Index
Invented by: Chad Heatwole
Congenital and Childhood Myotonic Dystrophy Health Index: Parent Proxy Instrument

United States Serial NO.: 1-1731860561
Filed Date: September 9, 2014
Title: Congenital and Childhood Myotonic Dystrophy Health Index: Parent Proxy Instrument
Invented by: Chad Heatwole, Nicholas Johnson
Congenital and Childhood Myotonic Dystrophy Health Index: Instrument for Children Ages 12 to 17

United States Serial NO.: 1-732766692
Filed Date: September 9, 2014
Title: Congenital and Childhood Myotonic Dystrophy Health Index: Instrument for Children Ages 12 to 17
Invented by: Chad Heatwole, Nicholas Johnson
Congenital and Childhood Myotonic Dystrophy Health Index: Instrument for Children Ages 8 to 11

United States Serial NO.: 1-1732766808
Filed Date: September 9, 2014
Title: Congenital and Childhood Myotonic Dystrophy Health Index: Instrument for Children Ages 8 to 11
Invented by: Chad Heatwole, Nicholas Johnson
Congenital and Childhood Myotonic Dystrophy Research Survey: Instrument for Children Ages 5 to 7

United States Serial NO.: 1-961836392
Filed Date: December 8, 2014
Title: Congenital and Childhood Mytonic Dystrophy Research Survey: Instrument for Children Ages 5 to 7
Invented by: Chad Heatwole, Nicholas Johnson, Joanna Heatwole

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Neurology, NMD (SMD) - Primary

Specialties

Neuromuscular Medicine - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Education

Masters Degree | Clinical Investigation (MS-CI) | University of Rochester2010
MD | Medicine | Medical College of Virginia2001
BS | Engineering | Virginia Polytech Inst & St U1997

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Neurophysiology at University of Rochester Medical Center07/01/2005 - 07/01/2006
Residency in Neurology at University of Rochester Medical Center06/01/2002 - 06/30/2005
Internship at University of Rochester Medical Center06/24/2001 - 5/31/2002