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Chad R. Heatwole, M.D., M.S.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-2559

Administrative: (585) 275-8911

Office: (585) 275-2559

Fax: (585) 273-1255

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Research Labs

Faculty Appointments

  • Professor - Department of Neurology , Center for Health and Technology (SMD)
  • Director - Center for Health and Technology
  • Professor - Center for Health and Technology - Joint

Patient Care Settings

Hospital Medicine, Neurology

Biography

Chad Heatwole, MD, MS-CI is a Professor of Neurology and the Director of the Center for Health and Technology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. 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 he has completed a University of Rochester neurology residency, electrophysiology fellowship, and NIH-funded neuromuscular experimental therapeutics fellowship. He has had continuous grant funding over the last 17 years and has served as the Principal Investigator on dozens of research grants, including awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, New York State, and numerous research foundations. Dr. Heatwole's research has led to the development of an internationally recognized network dedicated to improving the quality-of-life of patients with neuromuscular diseases through patient-centered clinical research, therapeutic development, and the discovery of a novel therapeutic approach for patients with muscular dystrophy. His professional interests include providing optimal care to patients with neuromuscular disorders, conducting electrodiagnostic studies, training medical personnel, developing novel experimental therapeutics for neurological diseases though clinical trials, and developing and validating disease-specific, patient-relevant endpoint measures for use in clinical trials and patient monitoring.

Professional Background

Dr. Heatwole is Director of the Center for Health and Technology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The Center for Health and Technology is a world-renowned academic research organization that specializes in the conduct, planning, management, implementation, and analysis of large multi-center clinical research studies. Through his role as Director, Dr. Heatwole guides an international multi-faceted research and operations center dedicated to harnessing state-of-the-art technologies and advancing human therapeutics, research, health, and clinical care.

Dr. Heatwole is board certified in both neurology and neuromuscular disease with sub-specialty fellowship training in neuromuscular medicine, electrophysiology, and experimental therapeutics. Dr. Heatwole is committed to: 1) providing quality 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. His main clinical focus is in the management and diagnosis of patients with neuromuscular disease. Working in a well-established neuromuscular disease clinic at URMC, Dr. Heatwole’s "myotonia clinic" forms a key resource for international patient recruitment and therapeutic care at the University of Rochester. Through this clinic, he provides clinical care and research opportunities to children and adults with dystrophic and non-dystrophic myotonic disorders, as well as a diverse group of neuromuscular patients with both rare and common disorders.

Research

Dr. Heatwole’s research laboratory is internationally known for therapeutics research and the development, validation, and analysis of highly sensitive patient-relevant outcome measures for use in drug labeling trials. Dr. Heatwole has designed and implemented numerous investigator-initiated clinical studies and has developed more than 100 disease-specific instruments. These instruments are extensively used globally to measure therapeutic gain during clinical trials and have been used in academic initiated trials, pharmaceutic sponsored trials, government initiated trials, and as clinical markers of disease burden. Through his joint role as Director of the Center for Health and Technology and Director/Founder of the Outcomes Division at the Center for Health and Technology, Dr. Heatwole facilitates the study, development, evaluation, and approval of promising human therapeutics. Diseases that he is currently focusing on include:

Myotonic dystrophy type-1 (DM1)
Myotonic dystrophy type-2 (DM2)
Congenital myotonic dystrophy (CMD)
Juvenile myotonic dystrophy (JMD)
Charcot-Marie Tooth (CMT)
Inclusion body myositis (IBM)
Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD)
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
Huntington’s disease (HD)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Friedreich’s ataxia (FA)
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)
Cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM)
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Crohn’s disease (CD)
Lung cancer (LC)
Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)
Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD)
Dystonia (DYS)
Mitochondrial Disease (MD)
Cardiomyopathy (CM)
Adrenomyeloneuropathy (AMN)
Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD)
Spinal-bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA)

Dr. Heatwole is fully committed to the study and development of novel experimental therapeutics. He has planned, conducted, and analyzed numerous clinical studies including ones involving mexiletine, recombinant human insulin-like growth factor, antisense oligonucleotides, and novel endocrine based approaches.

Dr. Heatwole’s other research initiatives seek to better understand the baseline abnormalities associated with neuromuscular disease, understand the association between biomarkers and disease severity, and predict how muscular dystrophies progress over time. This work has led to the identification of defining laboratory characteristics in muscular dystrophies, data on the disease progression in FSHD and myotonic dystrophy, outcome measure development, biomarker discovery, evidence-based guidelines, and a novel differentiating clinical sign for myotonic dystrophy type-1 and type-2.

Credentials

Specialties

  • Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology

Education

2001
MD | Virginia Commonwealth University Medical School

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2005 - 07/01/2006
Fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at University of Rochester Medical Center

06/01/2002 - 06/30/2005
Residency in Neurology at University of Rochester Medical Center

06/24/2001 - 05/31/2002
Internship at University of Rochester Medical Center

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Awards

2016
University of Rochester Master Mentors Program.

2015
Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation (MDF) Travel Award to Facilitate Myotonic Dystrophy Health Index (MDHI) Translational Research

2013
Chairman of Ethical-Legal-Social Issues in Myotonic Dystrophy Session. IDMC-9
Location: . San Sebastian Spain

2013
Chairman of DM1 Clinical Trials & Biomarkers Session. IDMC-
Location: San Sebastian Spain.

2013
Chairman of Patient Reported Outcome Measures for Myotonic Dystrophy; OMMYD Meeting
Location: San Sebastian Spain

2012 - 2014
Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation Research Grant (Supervising Mentor for Dr. Nick Johnson)
Sponsor: Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation

2011 - 2015
FDA Research Grant: Mexiletine Treatment in Myotonic Dystrophy Type-1 (Co-Investigator)
Sponsor: FDA

2010 - 2012
NIH Clinical Research Loan REpayment Grant REnewal Recipient
Sponsor: NIH

2010
Clinical Research Loan Repayment Grant Renewal Recipient
Sponsor: NIH

2008 - 2013
NIH K23 Career Development Grant Award Winner (NIAMS)
Sponsor: NIH

2008 - 2011
2008 Muscular Dystrophy Association Translational Research Infrastructure Grant Award Winner (Funding from 2008-2011)

2008 - 2010
NIH Clinical Research Loan Repayment Grant Recipient
Sponsor: NIH

2008 - 2010
ECRIP (Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program) Grant Award Winner (

2008
Paul Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center Umbrella Center
Sponsor: MDCRC

2008
Clinical Research Loan Repayment Grant Renewal Recipient
Sponsor: NIH

2007
NIH Clinical and Translational Science Institute K12 Award Recipient
Sponsor: NIH

2006 - 2008
NIH Clinical Research Loan Repayment Grant Recipient
Sponsor: NIH

2006 - 2007
NIH Experimental Therapeutics Grant Recipient for
Sponsor: NIH

2005 - Present
Ad Hoc editor for Neurology

2004
American Neurology Association Scholarship Winner, Toronto 2004
Sponsor: American Neurology Association

2003
UCB Pharma, Inc. Neurology Resident Scholar. 2003

2003
UCB Pharma, Inc. Neurology Resident Scholar

1999
Student Elective Term Scholarship Winner (MMA) 1999

1998 - 1999
S.O.M. State Discretionary Scholarship Winner 1998, 1999

1998 - 1999
S.O.M. State Discretionary Scholarship Winner

1997
Awarded Virginia Tech's Best ESM 1997 Ind. Senior Project Presentation


Recognized by 2019 medical student survey as one of the University of Rochester's Inspiring Faculty Members
Sponsor: 2019 University of Rochester Medical Students
Location: University of Rochester


Student Elective Term Scholarship Winner (MMA) 1999


Awarded Virginia Tech's Best ESM Ind. Senior Project Presentation 1997
Sponsor: Virginia Tech


Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society


Strong Star Award for Exceptional Service and Displaying Compassion and Respect to Patients, Families and Co-workers


Patient and Family Centered Care Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester


Board of Supervisors Academic Excellence Award


Dean's List (General Engineering, and in ESM)


American Neurology Association Scholarship Winner 2004
Location: Toronto


Patient and Family-Centered Care award (2011)
Location: The University of Rochester


Board of Supervisors Academic Excellence Award


Dean's List (General Engineering, and in ESM)


Golden Key Member


Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society


Golden Key Member


Muscle and Nerve award for authorship of one of the most read/viewed manuscripts in 2018-2019
Sponsor: Muscle and Nerve

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Patents

Patent Title: The Spinal Muscular Atrophy Health Index (SMA-HI)
Patent #: TXu 2-244-1782
Issue Date: Jan 27, 2021
Country: United States
Invented By: Chad R Heatwole

Patent Title: The Myotonic Dystrophy Type-2 Health Index (MD2HI)
Patent #: TXu 2-124-841
Issue Date: Nov 19, 2018
Country: United States
Invented By: Chad R Heatwole

Patent Title: The Myotonic Dystrophy Health Index (MDHI)
Patent #: TXu 1-859-815
Issue Date: Mar 26, 2013
Country: United States
Invented By: Chad R Heatwole

Patent Title: The Inclusion Body Myositis Health Index (IBM-HI)
Patent #: TXu 2-259-583
Issue Date: May 11, 2021
Country: United States
Invented By: Chad R Heatwole

Patent Title: The Huntington Disease Health Index (HD-HI)
Patent #: TXu 2-124-913
Issue Date: Nov 19, 2018
Country: United States
Invented By: Earl Ray Dorsey, Chad R Heatwole

Patent Title: The Friedreich's Ataxia Health Index (FA-HI)
Patent #: TXu002242119
Issue Date: Mar 05, 2021
Country: United States
Invented By: Chad R Heatwole

Patent Title: The FSHD-Health Index
Patent #: TXu 1-867-274
Issue Date: May 08, 2013
Country: United States
Invented By: Chad R Heatwole

Patent Title: The Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Health Index (DMD-HI)
Patent #: TXun2-260-028
Issue Date: May 12, 2021
Country: United States
Invented By: Chad R Heatwole

Patent Title: The Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Caregiver Reported Health Index (DMDCR-HI)
Patent #: TXun2-259795
Issue Date: May 12, 2021
Country: United States
Invented By: Chad R Heatwole

Patent Title: The CMT-Health Index (CMT-HI)
Patent #: TXu 2-181-521
Issue Date: Apr 07, 2016
Country: United States
Invented By: Chad R Heatwole, David N Herrmann, Nicholas E Johnson

Patent Title: Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy Composite Outcome Measure (FSHD-COM)
Patent #: TXu 2-056-221
Issue Date: Aug 17, 2017
Country: United States
Invented By: Katy J Eichinger, Chad R Heatwole, Jeffery Statland, Al-Rabi N Tawil

Patent Title: Crohn’s Disease Health Index (CDHI)
Patent #: TXu 2-275-092
Issue Date: Aug 11, 2021
Country: United States
Invented By: Chad R Heatwole

Patent Title: Congenital and Childhood Myotonic Dystrophy Research Survey: Instrument for Children Ages 5 to 7
Patent #: TXu 1-933-072
Issue Date: Dec 08, 2014
Country: United States
Invented By: Chad R Heatwole, Joanna Heatwole, Nicholas E Johnson

Patent Title: Congenital and Childhood Myotonic Dystrophy Health Index: Parent Proxy Instrument
Patent #: TXu 1-939-207
Issue Date: Sep 09, 2014
Country: United States
Invented By: Chad R Heatwole, Nicholas E Johnson

Patent Title: Congenital and Childhood Myotonic Dystrophy Health Index: Instrument for Children Ages 8 to 11
Patent #: TXu 1-920-539
Issue Date: Sep 09, 2014
Country: United States
Invented By: Chad R Heatwole, Nicholas E Johnson

Patent Title: Congenital and Childhood Myotonic Dystrophy Health Index: Instrument for Children Ages 12 to 17
Patent #: TXu 1-920-540
Issue Date: Sep 09, 2014
Country: United States
Invented By: Chad R Heatwole, Nicholas E Johnson

Patent Title: Congenital and Childhood Myotonic Dystrophy Health Index Clinician Assessment
Patent #: TXu 2-209-015
Issue Date: Jun 29, 2020
Country: United States
Invented By: Chad R Heatwole, Nicholas E Johnson

Patent Title: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Health Index (ALS-HI)
Patent #: TXu 2-227-966
Issue Date: Nov 09, 2020
Country: United States
Invented By: Chad R Heatwole

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Publications

Journal Articles

1/2023
Zizzi C, Seabury J, Rosero S, Alexandrou D, Wagner E, Weinstein JS, Varma A, Dilek N, Heatwole J, Wuu J, Caress J, Bedlack R, Granit V, Statland JM, Mehta P, Benatar M, Heatwole C. "Patient reported impact of symptoms in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (PRISM-ALS): A national, cross-sectional study." EClinicalMedicine.. 2023 Jan; 55:101768. Epub 2022 Dec 13.

12/19/2022
Rosero S, Weinstein J, Seabury J, Zizzi C, Wagner E, Varma A, Heatwole J, Alexandrou D, Ms ND, Johnson BA, Heatwole C. "Disease Burden in Children With Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Results From a Large Cross-Sectional Study." Journal of child neurology.. 2022 Dec 19; :8830738221135918. Epub 2022 Dec 19.

11/28/2022
Seabury J, Alexandrou D, Dilek N, Cohen B, Heatwole J, Larkindale J, Lynch DR, Park C, Rosero S, Subramony SH, Varma A, Wagner E, Walther S, Weinstein J, Wells M, Zizzi C, Heatwole C. "Patient-Reported Impact of Symptoms in Friedreich Ataxia." Neurology.. 2022 Nov 28; Epub 2022 Nov 28.

Books & Chapters

2017
Chapter Title: Channelopathies: Myotonic Disorders and Periodic Paralysis
Book Title: Swaiman's Pediatric Neurology Principles and Practice Sixth Edition
Author List: Heatwole, C; Moxley, R.
Published By: Elsevier 2017

2014
Chapter Title: Myotonic Dystrophy Health Index: Initial Evaluation of a Disease-Specific Outcome Measure
Book Title: AANEM
Author List: Heatwole, C
Published By: AANEM podcast 2014

2012
Chapter Title: Channelopathies: Myotonic Disorders and Periodic Paralysis
Book Title: Swaiman's Pediatric Principles and Practice 5th edition
Author List: Heatwole, C; Moxley, R.
Published By: Elsevier Saunders 2012

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