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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 associate professor of the departments of neurology, neuroscience, neurosurgery and center for health + technology at our institution. He is also invited professor of the department of neurosciences at the Universidad Nacional de San Agustin in Arequipa, Peru.

Dr. Lizarraga is 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 care.




    MD | Universidad Nacional de San Agustin (Peru)

    MS | Universidad Nacional de San Agustin (Peru)

    MS | Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

    Post-doctoral Training & Residency

    08/04/2017 - 06/30/2019
    Fellowship in Movement Disorders at Toronto Western Hospital GME (Canada)

    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

    06/01/2012 - 06/30/2013
    Internship in Neurology at Jackson Memorial Hospital

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

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    2022 - Present
    MDS Center to Center Training Program
    Sponsor: International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society

    2021 - 2022
    Leadership Program (MDS LEAP)
    Sponsor: International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society

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

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

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

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    Clinical Trials

    A Multi-center, Noninterventional Study Evaluating Variability, Reliability, and Compliance for the Parkinson's Disease Diary

    Lead Researcher: Karlo J Lizarraga mendoza

    This study aims to evaluate the impact of the frequency of assessments on the variability over time, reliability, and compliance for the Parkinson's disease (PD) diary in patients with PD in whom medications do not provide adequate control of symptoms.

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    Journal Articles

    Modica JS, Déry C, Canissario R, Logigian E, Bonno D, Stanton M, Dupré N, McDermott MP, Bouchard M, Lang AE, Lizarraga KJ. "A systematic review of the potential consequences of abnormal serum levels of vitamin B6 in people living with Parkinson's disease." Journal of the neurological sciences.. 2023 May 18; 450:120690. Epub 2023 May 18.

    Amado C, Lizárraga KJ. "Tuberculous Optochiasmatic Arachnoiditis." The New England journal of medicine.. 2023 Feb 11; Epub 2023 Feb 11.

    Liu Y, Zhang G, Tarolli CG, Hristov R, Jensen-Roberts S, Waddell EM, Myers TL, Pawlik ME, Soto JM, Wilson RM, Yang Y, Nordahl T, Lizarraga KJ, Adams JL, Schneider RB, Kieburtz K, Ellis T, Dorsey ER, Katabi D. "Monitoring gait at home with radio waves in Parkinson's disease: A marker of severity, progression, and medication response." Science translational medicine.. 2022 Sep 21; 14(663):eadc9669. Epub 2022 Sep 21.

    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