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Johanna Hamel, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 275-2559

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Dr. Hamel is Assistant Professor of Neurology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular diseases. Dr. Hamel cares for patients with acquired and hereditary neuromuscular diseases in clinic, with special expertise in myotonic dystrophy (DM) type 1 and type 2 and FSHD. She also performs electrodiagnostic studies in the EMG lab and teaches residents in neuromuscular diseases. She graduated from medical school at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg in Germany, worked as a neurology resident and researcher at the Charité in Berlin before completing neurology residency and a clinical neuromuscular fellowship at the University of Rochester.


Dr. Hamel completed the experimental therapeutics research training fellowship at the University of Rochester. Her research is focused on advancing our understanding of the underlying molecular mechanism in myotonic dystrophy type 1 and type 2. She also studies the progression of disease and evaluates clinical outcome measures and biomarkers. She is involved in several clinical trials and studies involving muscle diseases, with focus on DM and FSHD.



  • Neuromuscular Medicine - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Neurology - General - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


| Johannes Gutenberg-University

MD | Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2016 - 06/30/2017
Fellowship in at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
Residency in Neuromuscular Disease at University of Rochester Medical Center

06/25/2012 - 06/30/2013
Internship in Neurology at University of Rochester Medical Center

02/01/2010 - 05/31/2012
Residency in Neurology at University Tsmedizin Charit

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2017 - 2019
Clinical Research Training Fellowship in Muscular Dystrophy
Sponsor: AAN, MDA and ABF

Scholarship for Young Neuroscientists
Sponsor: Stiftung Felgenhauer, German Society of Neurology

Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award, Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award

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Journal Articles

Hamel J, Tawil R. "Case Studies on the Genetic and Clinical Diagnosis of Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy." Neurologic clinics.. 2020 Aug 0; 38(3):529-540.

Hamel J, Lee P, Glenn MD, Burka T, Choi IY, Friedman S, Shaw D, McCalley A, Herbelin L, Dimachkie MM, Lemmers R, van der Maarel SM, Barohn RJ, Tawil R, Statland JM. "MRI Correlates with Electrical Impedance Myography in Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy." Muscle & nerve.. 2019 Dec 29; Epub 2019 Dec 29.

Hamel J, Johnson N, Tawil R, Martens WB, Dilek N, McDermott MP, Heatwole C. "Patient-Reported Symptoms in Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (PRISM-FSHD)." Neurology.. 2019 Sep 17; 93(12):e1180-e1192. Epub 2019 Aug 13.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Neuromuscular Diseases: Myasthenia Gravis, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Nondystrophic Myotonias, and Muscular Dystrophies
Book Title: Neurological Diseases in Pregnancy
Author List: Hamel, J and Ciafaloni, E.
Published By: Oxford 2018

Chapter Title: Systemic Small Vessel Vasculitis
Book Title: MedLink Neurology
Author List: Hamel, J and Goodman, A.
Published By: MedLink Corporation 2015