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

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

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 673
Rochester, NY 14642

Lab: (585) 273-1143 xlab
Fax: (585) 275-3683

Research Bio

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.

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 14 available »

2016 Sep
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; 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.
2013 Jan 1
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.
2013 Jan
Selzler K, Burack M, Bender R, Mapstone M. "Neurophysiological correlates of motor and working memory performance following subthalamic nucleus stimulation." Journal of cognitive neuroscience. 2013 Jan; 25(1):37-48.
Mera TO, Burack MA, Giuffrida JP. "Quantitative assessment of levodopa-induced dyskinesia using automated motion sensing technology." Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. 2012 2012:154-7.

Current Appointments

Assistant Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Neurology, Movement Disorders (SMD) - Primary


Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


PhD | Graduate Program in Neuroscience | University of Virginia2003
MD | Washington University School of Medicinie2002
B.S. | Zoology | Duke University1990

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine07/01/2006 - 06/30/2007
Residency in Neurology at Barnes-Jewish Hospitals07/01/2003 - 06/30/2006
Internship in Internal Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospitals07/01/2002 - 06/30/2003