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Neuromuscular Disease Fellowship


  • Emma Ciafaloni, M.D., Program Director
  • Robert C. Griggs, M.D.
  • Chad Heatwole, M.D.
  • David Herrmann, M.D.
  • Eric L. Logigian, M.D.
  • Richard T. Moxley, III, M.D.
  • Shree Pandya, M.S., RPT
  • Michael Stanton, M.D.
  • Rabi Tawil, M.D.
  • Charles Thornton, M.D.

Major Clinical and Investigative Interests

Molecular genetics and experimental therapeutics in neuromuscular disease (myotonic dystrophy type 1 & 2, FSH dystrophy, Duchenne dystrophy, periodic paralysis, non-dystrophic myotonic disorders, ALS, myasthenia gravis, oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy, CIDP, distal myopathy, limb-girdle dystrophy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, and acquired neuropathies).

This departmental fellowship has four major emphases:

  • Clinical evaluation and therapy of neuromuscular disease in both the out- and in-patient setting are major areas for training. The internationally renowned Neuromuscular Disease Center at our institution is ideally-suited for this purpose, given the large volume of neuromuscular patients seen by established neuromuscular clinicians and investigators who have a clear track record in training clinicians and academicians. There is also a busy in-patient neuromuscular service that provides exposure to the evaluation and treatment of the full-spectrum of acute neuromuscular problems, and there are many ongoing clinical research studies.
  • Training in interpretation of muscle and nerve histopathology is included in the fellowship.
  • Training in performance and interpretation of nerve conduction studies, and electromyography is given.
  • Mentorship and step-by-step guidance in the performance of a clinical or basic science research project in neuromuscular disease is an important component of the fellowship. There is a wide range of basic and clinical neuromuscular research in progress at our institution. The fellows are mentored by one of the neuromuscular faculty and supervised in generating research hypotheses, and in developing approaches for methodology, data collection, analysis, and writing of scientific reports. Nearly all the previous trainees in this fellowship have presented their results at national meetings and published their results in peer-reviewed journals.

1 fellow/year


Karen Lee at (585) 275-3614 or via email at