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Karlo J. Lizarraga Mendoza, M.D., M.S.

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Appointment: (585) 276-3000

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Professional Background

Dr. Lizarraga is a board certified neurologist and clinical neurophysiologist with expertise in movement disorders, motor physiology and neuromodulation. Dr. Lizarraga is assistant professor at the department of neurology and the center for health + technology at our institution. He is also invited professor of the department of neurosciences at the Universidad Nacional de San Agustín in Arequipa, Peru.

Dr. Lizarraga is interim chief of our division of movement disorders, director (founder) of the motor physiology and neuromodulation program and director (founder) of the Neurology Peru-Rochester exchange program (NeuroPro). His career goals are to optimize the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders with the use of neurophysiological techniques, and to develop sustainable international collaborations that promote global equity in neurological education, research and patient care.



  • Clinical Neurophysiology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


MD | Universidad Nacional de San Agustin

MS | Universidad Nacional de San Agustin

MS | Medical University of South Carolina
Clinical Research

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2016 - 06/30/2017
Fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at Jackson Memorial Hospital

07/01/2013 - 06/30/2016
Residency in Neurology at Jackson Memorial Hospital

06/01/2010 - 04/30/2012
Research in Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery at University of California Los Angeles

8/4/2017 - 06/30/2019
Fellowship in Movement Disorders at Toronto Western Hospital

06/1/2012 - 06/30/2013
Internship in Neurology at Jackson Memorial Hospital

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2021 - Present
Leadership Program (MDS LEAP)
Sponsor: International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society

2020 - 2021
Emerging Leaders Program
Sponsor: American Academy of Neurology

2018 - 2021
Sponsor: AAN / MUSC (NIH R25: NS098999-01)

2018 - 2019
Fellowship Award
Sponsor: Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
Location: Canada

2017 - 2017
Clinical Trials Methodology Course
Sponsor: NINDS (NIH R25: NS088248)

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Journal Articles

Sirica D, Hewitt AL, Tarolli CG, Weber MT, Zimmerman C, Santiago A, Wensel A, Mink JW, Lizárraga KJ. "Neurophysiological biomarkers to optimize deep brain stimulation in movement disorders." Neurodegenerative disease management.. 2021 Jul 15; Epub 2021 Jul 15.

Soh D, Maciel R, Algarni M, Lizarraga K, Loh A, Germann J, Elias G, Boutet A, Munhoz RP, Kalia SK, Hodaie M, Lozano AM, Fasano A. "Flexible vs. standard subthalamic stimulation in Parkinson disease: A double-blind proof-of-concept cross-over trial." Parkinsonism & related disorders.. 2021 Jul 8; 89:93-97. Epub 2021 Jul 08.

Chunga N, Lang AE, Lizarraga KJ. "Hyperglycemic hemichorea presenting with normal MRI and striatal hyperdensity on CT." Neurological sciences : official journal of the Italian Neurological Society and of the Italian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology.. 2021 Jun 29; Epub 2021 Jun 29.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis
Book Title: Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
Author List: Lizarraga KJ, Gutierrez J, Singer C
Published By: El Sevier 2017

Chapter Title: Molecular Imaging of the Brain with PET
Book Title: Youmans and Winn Neurological Surgery
Author List: DeSalles AA, Lizarraga KJ, Gorgulho A, Melega WP
Published By: El Sevier 2016

Chapter Title: Applications of Nanotechnology in Movement Disorders
Book Title: The Textbook of Nanoneuroscience and Nanoneurosurgery
Author List: Pezeshkian P, Lizarraga KJ, Gorgulho A, DeSalles AF
Published By: CRC Press 2013