Emma Ciafaloni, M.D.

Emma Ciafaloni, 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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  • Admits to Highland Hospital Admits to Highland Hospital

Professional Bio

Dr. Ciafaloni is an Associate Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester, in Rochester, NY. She is the Program Director of the Neuromuscular Medicine Fellowship Program and Co-Director of the MDA Clinic there.
She graduated from Medical School at the Universita' Statale di Milano, in Milano, Italy.
She trained at Columbia University in mitochondrial diseases with Dr. Salvatore Di Mauro and his group, then at Duke University where she completed her Neurology Residency and EMG Fellowships with Dr. Janice Massey and Donald Sanders and remained on the Faculty until 2002 when she accepted a position at the University of Rochester.

Her current commitments include: clinical trials in periodic paralyses, myasthenia gravis, dermatomyositis, FSHD, Duchenne and myotonic dystrophy; teaching Neuromuscular and EMG fellows; attending in the EMG laboratory; diagnosis and care of patients with neuromuscular diseases, especially with ALS, myasthenia gravis, Duchenne, and spinal muscular atrophy.
She has a clinical research interest in the course and outcome of pregnancy in women with muscular dystrophy and sleep disorders in neuromuscular diseases.
She has been involved in clinical care, research, education and advocacy related to neuromuscular diseases for the past 15 years. Her background as Principal Investigator for several national and international multi-center trials includes: Thymectomy in myasthenia gravis, CellCept in myasthenia gravis, Dichlorphenamide (DCP) in periodic paralyses; Mexiletine in myotonia congenita; and Ataluren (PTC124) in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Most recently she became a Site Investigator for the NINDS comparative study of treatments in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy led by Dr. Robert Griggs here at the University of Rochester and Dr. Kate Bushby.

Awards & Honors (National)

Guide to America's Top Physicians 2012 - Present
Elected by her peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America 2007 - Present
Pharmacia & Upjohn Research Award: For Outstanding Research in Myasthenia Gravis 2000

Awards & Honors (Local)

Patient and Family –Centered-Care Award | University of Rochester Medical Center 2011

Current Appointments

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


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


MD | Medicine | Italy-Fac Med U Milan1989
Clinical neurophysiology | Duke University Medical CenterAttended 1999 - 2000
Neurology | Duke University Medical SchoolAttended 1996 - 1999

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Neuromuscular Disease at Duke University School of Medicine09/01/1999 - 06/30/2000
Residency in Neurology at Duke University School of Medicine09/01/1996 - 06/30/1998
Residency in Neurology at Duke University School of Medicine09/01/1994 - 06/30/1995
Residency in Neurology at Universita Degli Studi Di Milano09/01/1989 - 06/30/1993
Internship in Neuromuscular Disease at Universita Degli Studi Di Milano09/01/1988 - 06/30/1990
Internship in Internal Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine06/30/1996