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Erik Pioro, MD, PhD

216.444.5559

Erik Pioro, MD, PhD
Department: Neuromuscular Center
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code S90
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.5559
DeskDesk:216.444.5551
WorkFax:216.445.4653
Erik Pioro, MD, PhD
Department: Neurosciences
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code S90
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.5559
DeskDesk:216.444.5551
WorkFax:216.445.4653
Erik Pioro, MD, PhD
Department: Neurology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code S90
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
WorkAppointment:216.444.5559
DeskDesk:216.444.5551
WorkFax:216.445.4653
Surgeon:
No
Treats:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Erik P. Pioro, MD, PhD, FRCPC, is Director of the Section of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Related Disorders at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, where he specializes in the care of patients with ALS and other complex neurodegenerative motor neuron disorders and runs clinical trials to find effective treatments for these diseases. His primary research focus is using magnetic resonance imaging to identify and monitor the progression of motor neuron degeneration in the brains of patients with ALS and related conditions, and the correlation of imaging changes with human and mouse ALS brain tissue.

Dr. Pioro received his medical degree from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, which was followed by a doctorate in philosophy (PhD) at the University of Oxford in England as a Rhodes Scholar. He completed his neurology residency at the Montreal Neurologic Institute at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he also completed a fellowship in magnetic resonance spectroscopy. He also trained as a clinical and research fellow in electromyography/neuromuscular diseases at Cleveland Clinic, where he remained on staff.

Dr. Pioro is the recipient of several awards well as grants from the National Institutes of Health, the ALS Association and the Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of several professional associations, including the American Academy of Neurology, Society for Neurosciences, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine and World Federation of Neurology. He serves on the scientific committee for the international ALS CARE Database. He holds the Barry Winovich Chair for ALS Research at the Lerner Research Institute of Cleveland Clinic.

Dr Pioro has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and abstracts on clinical and basic-science topics related to neuromuscular function and disease, particularly in relation to ALS and related disorders. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Neuroscience Imaging, and he serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several journals, including ALS and Motor Neuron Disorders, Annals of Neurology, Brain, Muscle and Nerve, Journal of Neurochemistry, Journal of Neuroimmunology, Journal of Neuroscience, Molecular Neurobiology, and Neurology.

Professional Highlights

  • Barry Winovich Chair in ALS Research

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic
EMG/Neuromuscular Disease
Cleveland, OH USA
1995
Fellowship - Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital
Magnetic Resonance Spectrosco
Montreal, Quebec Canada
1993
Residency - Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital
Neurology
Montreal, Quebec Canada
1992
Residency - Mayo Clinic
Anatomic Pathology
Rochester, MN USA
1986
Residency - University of Calgary
Neurology
Alberta Canada
1985
Internship - University of Western Ontario
Medicine
London, Ontario Canada
1984
Doctorate - Oxford University Medical School
Oxford United Kingdom
1983
Medical School - The University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine
Calgary, Alberta Canada
1981
Undergraduate - University of Saskatchewan
Anatomy
Saskatoon, Saskatche Canada
1977

Certifications

  • Neurology
  • Neurology- Clinical Neurophysiology

Specialty Interests

Neuromuscular diseases, Motor neuron diseases, including ALS, ALS with frontotemporal dementia,PLS, Kennedy's disease, Neurodegenerative conditions causing pseudobulbar affect (PBA), Clinical Trials, EMG, Neuroimaging (MRI).

Awards & Honors

Rhodes Scholarship

Memberships

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • Canadian Neurological Society
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Canada)
  • Society for Neuroscience

Treatment & Services

  • Electromyography
  • Neuroimaging (mri, Pet, Spect, Meg Scans)

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

  • ALS with Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Bulbar Palsy
  • Hereditary Spastic Paraparesis
  • Kennedy's Disease
  • Motor Neuron Disease
  • Multiple System Atrophy
  • Neuromuscular Disease
  • Post-polio Syndrome
  • Primary Lateral Sclerosis
  • Progressive Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Pseudobulbar Palsy
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Industry Relationships

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As of 8/30/2014, Dr. Pioro has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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