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Rabi N. Tawil, M.D.

Neurology

Clinical Interests

Neuromuscular Disease

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-2559

Office: (585) 275-2559

Fax: (585) 273-1255

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Biography

Professional Background

Dr. Tawil is co-Director of the MDA Neuromuscular Disease Clinic at the University of Rochester. He is also Director of the Neuromuscular Pathology Laboratory and is responsible for the interpretation of all muscle biopsy samples use for diagnosing muscle diseases. His clinical interests include all acquired and inherited muscle diseases, myasthenia gravis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He has special expertise in facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), the non-dystrophic myotonias and the periodic paralyses.

Research

Dr. Tawil's current research interest in focused on FSHD and he is leading an international collaborative effort to understand the underlying molecular mechanisms in FSHD and work towards treatments to slow progression and improve strength in FSHD. Dr. Tawil also participated in a number of research studies that helped identify the genetic cause for the different forms of periodic paralysis. More broadly, Dr. Tawil is interested in bringing new treatments to neuromuscular disorders and has participated and helped organize numerous neuromuscular treatment trials.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Specialties

  • Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Education

1979
BS | Emory University
Biology

1981
MS | Lebanon - Non-Medical School
Physiology

1985
MD | Lebanon-Sch Med Amer U Beirut
Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

7/01/1991 - 7/31/1993
Fellowship in Neuromuscular Disease at University of Rochester Medical Center

7/01/1988 - 6/30/1991
Residency in Neurology at University of Rochester Medical Center

7/01/1988 - 6/30/1991
Residency in Neurology at University of Rochester Medical Center

7/01/1991 - 7/31/1993
Fellowship in Neuromuscular Disease at University of Rochester Medical Center

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Awards

1994 - 1995
Buswell Fellowship Award
Location: University of Rochester

1991 - 1993
Muscular Dystrophy Association Fellowship

Patents

Title: Methods For Determining The Presence Or Risk Of Developing Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy (FSHD)
U.S. Serial #: PCT/US2012/048557
Filed: Jul 27, 2012
Invented By: LindaGeng, StephenTapscott, Al-RabiTawil, Silverevan der Maarel

Title: Methods For Determining The Presence Or Risk Of Developing Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy (FSHD)
U.S. Serial #: 14/236,003
Filed: Jul 27, 2012
Invented By: LindaGeng, StephenTapscott, Al-RabiTawil, Silverevan der Maarel

Title: Physician Checklists for FSHD (Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy) and DM (Myotonic Dystrophy)
U.S. Serial #: 1-686888271
Filed: Nov 16, 2011
Invented By: MichaelMcDermott, RichardMoxley, III, Al-RabiTawil, CharlesThornton

Title: Patient Information Forms for FSHD (Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy), DM (Myotonic Dystrophy), and Unaffected Blood Relatives of Individuals with FSH
U.S. Serial #: 1-686948337
Filed: Nov 16, 2011
Invented By: MichaelMcDermott, RichardMoxley, III, Al-RabiTawil, CharlesThornton

Title: Methods For Determining The Presence Or Risk Of Developing Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy (FSHD)
U.S. Serial #: 13/817,531
Filed: Aug 18, 2011
Invented By: LindaGeng, StephenTapscott, Al-RabiTawil, Silverevan der Maarel

Title: Methods For Determining The Presence Or Risk Of Developing Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy (FSHD)
U.S. Serial #: FR11818806.9
Filed: Aug 18, 2011
Invented By: LindaGeng, StephenTapscott, Al-RabiTawil, Silverevan der Maarel

Title: Methods For Determining The Presence Or Risk Of Developing Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy (FSHD)
U.S. Serial #: DE11818806.9
Filed: Aug 18, 2011
Invented By: LindaGeng, StephenTapscott, Al-RabiTawil, Silverevan der Maarel

Title: Methods For Determining The Presence Or Risk Of Developing Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy (FSHD)
U.S. Serial #: GB11818806.9
Filed: Aug 18, 2011
Invented By: LindaGeng, StephenTapscott, Al-RabiTawil, Silverevan der Maarel

Title: Data Forms for: Cellular and Molecular Pathophysiology (CAMP) of Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD) Study
U.S. Serial #: 1-299598931
Filed: Dec 18, 2009
Invented By: Al-RabiTawil

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Publications

Journal Articles

11/10/2017
Statland JM, Fontaine B, Hanna MG, Johnson N, Kissel JT, Sansone VA, Shieh PB, Tawil RN, Trivedi J, Cannon SC, Griggs RC. "A Review of the Diagnosis and Treatment of Periodic Paralysis." Muscle & nerve.. 2017 Nov 10; Epub 2017 Nov 10.

9/26/2017
Hilbert JE, Barohn RJ, Clemens PR, Luebbe EA, Martens WB, McDermott MP, Parkhill AL, Tawil R, Thornton CA, Moxley RT, . "High frequency of gastrointestinal manifestations in myotonic dystrophy type 1 and type 2." Neurology.. 2017 Sep 26; 89(13):1348-1354. Epub 2017 Aug 30.

6/2017
Panosyan FB, Tawil R, Herrmann DN. "Episodic weakness and Charcot-marie-tooth disease due to a mitochondrial MT-ATP6 mutation." Muscle & nerve.. 2017 Jun 0; 55(6):922-927. Epub 2017 Feb 12.

Books & Chapters

2008
Chapter Title: Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy
Book Title: The Molecular and Genetic Basis of Neurologic and Psychiatric Disease
Author List: Tawil, Rabi
Edited By: Rosenburg RN, DiMauro S, Paulson HL, Ptacek L, Nestler EJ
Published By: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins2008 in Philadelphia, PA

2006
Chapter Title: Channelopathies: myotonic disorders and periodic paralysis
Book Title: Pediatric Neurology
Author List: Moxley III RT, Tawil R
Edited By: Swaiman KF, Ashwal S and Ferriero DM
Published By: Mosby2006 in St. Louis

2005
Chapter Title: Periodic paralyses and associated disorders
Book Title: Neurobase - in Medlink CD ROM (updated yearly)
Author List: Tawil R, Cleland J
Edited By: Gilman S, Goldstein GW, Waxman SG
Published By: Arbor Publishing2005 in San Diego

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Videos

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The challenge of unraveling the genetics of FSHD