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Michelle A. Burack, M.D., Ph.D.

Neurology, Pediatrics

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Appointment: (585) 341-7500

Fax: (585) 275-3683

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I am a physician-scientist board certified in neurology, with fellowship training in movement disorders and dementia.

I provide comprehensive clinical care for patients with movement disorders such as Parkinson disease, dystonia, and essential tremor. My approach is to leverage any and all available strategies to address patient-centered treatment goals, using patient and care-partner education, medications and nonpharmacological strategies, and advanced interventions such as botulinum toxin injections and deep brain stimulation where appropriate.


My research interests are focused on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms underlying the control of movement and behavior, and applying this knowledge to refining treatments for movement disorders to provide enhanced benefit with fewer side effects.

Current projects include:
1. Measuring movement kinematics in patients with hyperkinetic movement disorders to understand how neural circuits underlying involuntary and purposeful movements interact.
2. Measuring movement kinematics in patients with writing tremor to identify which joints and muscles contribute to resultant oscillatory movements of the pen.
3. Measuring cortical EEG during deep brain stimulation.



  • Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


B.S. | Duke University

MD | Washington University School of Medicinie

PhD | University of Virginia
Graduate Program in Neuroscience

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2006 - 06/30/2007
Fellowship in at Washington University School of Medicine

07/01/2003 - 06/30/2006
Residency in Neurology at Barnes-Jewish Hospitals

07/01/2002 - 06/30/2003
Internship in Internal Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospitals

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Journal Articles

Espay AJ, Bonato P, Nahab FB, Maetzler W, Dean JM, Klucken J, Eskofier BM, Merola A, Horak F, Lang AE, Reilmann R, Giuffrida J, Nieuwboer A, Horne M, Little MA, Litvan I, Simuni T, Dorsey ER, Burack MA, Kubota K, Kamondi A, Godinho C, Daneault JF, Mitsi G, Krinke L, Hausdorff JM, Bloem BR, Papapetropoulos S, . "Technology in Parkinson's disease: Challenges and opportunities." Movement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society.. 2016 Sep 0; 31(9):1272-82. Epub 2016 Apr 29.

Pulliam CL, Burack MA, Heldman DA, Giuffrida JP, Mera TO. "Motion sensor dyskinesia assessment during activities of daily living." Journal of Parkinson's disease.. 2014 4(4):609-15.

Mera TO, Burack MA, Giuffrida JP. "Objective motion sensor assessment highly correlated with scores of global levodopa-induced dyskinesia in Parkinson's disease." Journal of Parkinson's disease.. 2013 Jan 1; 3(3):399-407.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Mechanisms of neuronal polarity
Book Title: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
Author List: D.Higgins M.A.Burack P.Lein G.Banker
Published By: Elsevier Ltd. 1998

Chapter Title: Modulation of Alzheimer-like tau phosphorylation in neonatal rat forebrain by phosphatase inhibitors and basic fibroblast growth factor
Book Title: Research Advances in Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders
Author List: M.A.Freeman S.Halpain
Published By: John Wiley & Sons 1995