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Our Neurologists

Rochester General Hospital and the University of Rochester Department of Neurology collaborate to provide neurological services at Rochester General Hospital. Neurologists and faculty of the department of neurology provide inpatient and expanding outpatient services, adding to those currently being provided by the community private neurology practices. Members of the Faculty Practice and our highly trained neurologists are fully integrated with the University of Rochester Department of Neurology, sharing the academic, educational and clinical missions.

All neurologist faculty have subspecialty or educational affiliations with U of R-based subspecialty divisions, enabling a free flow of academic interests, practice parameters, and educational standards. This helps our neurologists provide outstanding care to patients with acute and chronic neurological disease; teaching programs for medical students, for residents in Neurology, Internal Medicine and other specialties and neurology fellows; and patient access to cutting-edge clinical trials and extramurally-funded translational research programs.

Meet Our Physicians

Dr Richard BarbanoRichard L. Barbano, MD

Dr. Barbano came to Rochester in 1993 to join the faculty at the UR after training at Columbia-Presbyterian in NYC. He is currently Professor in the Movement Disorders division and is Director of the Botulinum Toxin Clinic. He is Chief of the division of Neurology at Rochester General Hospital and has a Movement Disorders clinic.


Dr. Miriam WeberMiriam Weber, PhD

Dr. Miriam Weber completed her post-doctoral training in Neuropsychology and Experimental Therapeutics at the University of Rochester. She provides comprehensive cognitive and behavioral assessments for adults with a variety of neurological disorders. Her research efforts focus on understanding how hormonal exposures across the lifespan impact cognitive aging.


Dr. Michael ChilunguMichael Chilungu, MD

Dr. Chilungu completed fellowship training in Clinical Neurophysiology at the University of Rochester, where he had training in the management of patients with epilepsy and neuromuscular disorders. He sees general neurology and epilepsy patients at Rochester General Hospital in addition to providing electrodiagnostic EMG and EEG services. He also assists in the teaching of neurology residents at Westfall Road Clinic at Clinton Crossings, where he sees a wide variety of patients in the general neurology clinic.

Charles Duffy, MD

Dr. Duffy joined the University of Rochester faculty in 1993. He is nationally recognized for his work in dementia, has several grants and is active in researching visual changes in Alzheimer's Disease. Dr Duffy, along with Dr. Mark Mapstone, has  started an Alzheimer's Disease Clinic at Rochester General Hospital.


Dr. Larry SamkoffLarry Samkoff, MD

Dr. Samkoff has been at Rochester General Hospital since 2001. He is part of the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic at SMH and will continue this affiliation as he starts an MS clinic at Rochester General Hospital in addition to his general neurology practice.



Dr. Jeff Burdett
Jeff Burdett, MD

Dr. Burdett completed his Neurology training and Neurovascular Fellowship at the University of Rochester. He specializes in inpatient care of acutely ill neurologic patients, primarily stroke. He is the director of Stroke Services at Rochester General Hospital.


Dr. Amy ChenAmy Chen, MD

Dr. Chen joined the University of Rochester faculty in 2009, upon completion of a 2-year fellowship in neuromuscular diseases/ALS and clinical neurophysiology at Columbia University. She sees both general neurology and neuromuscular patients at Rochester General Hospital. She also attends the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) clinic at Strong Memorial Hospital.


Dr. Todd HolmquistTodd Holmquist, MD

Dr. Holmquist joined the Stroke Division faculty at Rochester General Hospital and the University of Rochester in 2009 upon completion of his residency and vascular neurology fellowship at the University of Rochester.  He provides inpatient and outpatient care for patients with cerebrovascular disease.  He is actively involved with clinical research in acute stroke treatment as well as secondary stroke prevention.  He is a certified neurosonologist who actively interprets carotid and transcranial ultrasound studies.  He is the director of the Rochester General Hospital and University of Rochester neurovascular laboratories.


 Refat Assad, MD


Ann Ford Fricke, ACNP-BC

Ann Fricke earned her BSN from Keuka College and her MSN from the University of Rochester. She is nationally certified as an acute care nurse practitioner. She has extensive experience in managing patients with neuromuscular disease, long-term disease and dementia.

Cheryl Wood, ACNP-BC

Cheryl Wood is a graduate of the Genesee Hospital School of Nursing and Alfred University School of Nursing. She completed the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Rochester. Cheryl is the Program Coordinator for the Rochester General Hospital Stroke Center and is a Nurse Practitioner for the Acute Stroke Unit.