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

Office: (585) 275-4568
Fax: (585) 273-1255
Administrative: (585) 275-2559

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

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 44 available »

2011
Holtzer C, Meaney FJ, Andrews J, Ciafaloni E, Fox DJ, James KA, Lu Z, Miller L, Pandya S, Ouyang L, Cunniff C. "Disparities in the diagnostic process of Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy." Genet Med.. 2011; .
2010 Nov
Matthews DJ, James KA, Miller LA, Pandya S, Campbell KA, Ciafaloni E, Mathews KD, Miller TM, Cunniff C, Meaney FJ, Druschel CM, Romitti PA, Fox DJ. "Use of corticosteroids in a population-based cohort of boys with duchenne and becker muscular dystrophy." Journal of child neurology.. 2010 Nov; 25(11):1319-24. Epub 2010 Mar 05.
2010 Sep
Moxley RT, Pandya S, Ciafaloni E, Fox DJ, Campbell K. "Change in natural history of Duchenne muscular dystrophy with long-term corticosteroid treatment: implications for management." Journal of child neurology.. 2010 Sep; 25(9):1116-29. Epub 2010 Jun 25.
2010 Sep
Mathews KD, Cunniff C, Kantamneni JR, Ciafaloni E, Miller T, Matthews D, Cwik V, Druschel C, Miller L, Meaney FJ, Sladky J, Romitti PA. "Muscular Dystrophy Surveillance Tracking and Research Network (MD STARnet): case definition in surveillance for childhood-onset Duchenne/Becker muscular dystrophy." Journal of child neurology.. 2010 Sep; 25(9):1098-102.
2010 Jan
Kwon JB, Kleiner A, Ishida K, Godown J, Ciafaloni E, Looney RJ. "Hydroxychloroquine-induced myopathy." Journal of clinical rheumatology : practical reports on rheumatic & musculoskeletal diseases.. 2010 Jan; 16(1):28-31.

Current Appointments

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

Specialties

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

Education

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