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Richard L. Barbano, M.D., Ph.D.

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Appointment: (585) 341-7500

Office: (585) 276-6558

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Professional Background

Dr. Richard Barbano is a Professor of Neurology, Chief of the Movement Disorders Division, and Associate Chair for Regional Development at the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York. He has been at the University of Rochester since 1993, and over the years has developed a special interest in the evaluation, treatment, and long term care of patients with dystonia. This evolved into an interest in movement disorders in general, including Parkinson's disease, tremor, Huntington's disease and other movement disorders. He has been the Director of the Botulinum Toxin Clinic since 1995. He is a long-term adapter in the use of botulinum toxins in the treatment of neurologic disorders. He actively participates in projects aimed at better understanding movement disorders as well as those aimed at developing and improving treatment options.



  • Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


PhD | Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

MD | Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva Uni

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1990 - 06/30/1993
Residency in Neurology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surg

07/01/1989 - 06/30/1990
Internship in Internal Medicine Internship/completed. at Montefiore University Hospital/UPMC


Patient Satisfaction Award, Strong Memorial Hospital

Fellow, American Academy of Neurology

1994 - 1995
Neurology Faculty Residency Teaching Award

Andrew Doyle Memorial Award for Excellence in Neurology

International Health Fellowship Award recipient to study health care in Chile, SA

Magna Cum Laude, State University of New York at Albany

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Journal Articles

Vu JP, Lee HY, Chen Q, Cisneros E, Barbano RL, Goetz CG, Jankovic J, Jinnah HA, Perlmutter JS, Berman BD, Appelbaum MI, Stebbins GT, Comella CL, Peterson DA. "Head tremor and pain in cervical dystonia." Journal of neurology.. 2021 Jan 8; Epub 2021 Jan 08.

Cisneros E, Stebbins GT, Chen Q, Vu JP, Benadof CN, Zhang Z, Barbano RL, Fox SH, Goetz CG, Jankovic J, Jinnah HA, Perlmutter JS, Adler CH, Factor SA, Reich SG, Rodriguez R, Severt LL, Stover NP, Berman BD, Comella CL, Peterson DA. "It's tricky: Rating alleviating maneuvers in cervical dystonia." Journal of the neurological sciences.. 2020 Nov 1; 419:117205. Epub 2020 Nov 01.

Shaikh AG, Beylergil SB, Scorr L, Kilic-Berkmen G, Freeman A, Klein C, Junker J, Loens S, Brüggemann N, Münchau A, Bäumer T, Vidailhet M, Roze E, Bonnet C, Jankovic J, Jimenez-Shahed J, Patel N, Marsh L, Comella C, Barbano RL, Berman BD, Malaty I, Shukla AW, Reich SG, Ledoux MS, Berardelli A, Ferrazzano G, Stover N, Ondo W, Richardson SP, Saunders-Pullman R, Mari Z, Agarwal P, Adler C, Chouinard S, Fox SH, Brashear A, Truong D, Suchowersky O, Frank S, Factor S, Perlmutter J, Jinnah HA. "Dystonia & tremor: A cross-sectional study of the dystonia coalition cohort." Neurology.. 2020 Oct 12; Epub 2020 Oct 12.

Books & Chapters

Book Title: Clinical Practice Guideline Process Manual
Author List: Guideline Development, Dissemination, and Implementation Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology
Published By: American Academy of Neurology 2015

Chapter Title: Mechanical and other lesions of the spine, nerve roots, and spinal cord.
Book Title: Cecil's Textbook of Medicine, 25th Edition
Author List: Barbano, RL
Published By: Cecil's Textbook of Medicine 2015 in Elsevier. Philadelphia

Chapter Title: Standard strategies for diagnosis and treatment of patients with newly diagnosed Parkinson disease.
Book Title: Neurology Clinical Practice 2013
Author List: Barbano, RL
Published By: 3(6):475-6. 2013