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Erika F. Augustine, MD
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Zachary Bell
Zachary Bell
Curtis Benesch, M.D., M.P.H.
Cathy L. Budman, MD
Cathy L. Budman, MD
Lynne Fisher
Lynne Fisher
Donald C. Goff, MD
Donald C. Goff, MD
Larry B. Goldstein, M.D.
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Peter E. Morrison, DO
Peter E. Morrison, DO
Susan Nielsen Morrison
Susan Nielsen Morrison

Stanley J. Schaffer, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Rochester Medical Center 

Dr. Schaffer is a primary care pediatrician who enjoys following children as they grow from infancy to childhood to adolescence to adulthood. He has been privileged to have interacted with some families for as much as to 24 years, being a part of their lives over multiple generations. Dr. Schaffer likes forging close relationships with his patients which endure as they grow and develop.

Lead Poisoning

Even small amounts of lead can cause serious health problems—particularly in young children. Our patient Yvette Reynolds shares her personal story about her daughter's dangerously high lead levels and how it could have been prevented.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides more information and tips for preventing lead poisoning.
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Tourette Syndrome

Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder that presents in early childhood or adolescence with the first symptoms often being involuntary movements, or tics.  Peter Morrison was diagnosed when he was 10 years old, and he shares his story of overcoming the personal and social challenges caused by the syndrome. He’s joined by his mother Susan, who provides her perspective as a parent.  

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The mission of the NINDS is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease.
TeensHealth is part of the KidsHealth family of websites. These sites, run by the nonprofit Nemours Center for Children's Health Media, provide accurate, up-to-date health information that's free of "doctor speak.
The Tourette Association of America has emerged as the premier national non-profit organization working to make life better for all people affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders.
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Heidi Schwarz, MD

Professor of Clinical Neurology
University of Rochester Medical Center

I am a seasoned clinician in general neurology with special interests in movement disorders (fellowship trained), headache, stroke, vagal nerve stimulation for epilepsy, neurologic complications of bariatric surgery and celiac disease. Prior to returning to the University of Rochester, I was in private practice in the Finger Lakes region for over 13 years. I am currently the Chief of Highland Neurology where I have a variety of clinical, administrative and teaching responsibilites. Often I will see patients with a combination of medical students, nurse practitioners or residents.

Susan Nielsen Morrison

Retired
Mother of son with Tourette syndrome 

I was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware.  I received a BS in Mathematics from Bucknell University.  I worked for IBM as a Systems Engineer for ten years.  I moved to the Rochester area in 1975.  After my first son was born, I left IBM and worked part time from home as a Programmer Analyst for five years.  After I had my daughter, I joined Citibank as a Senior Programmer Analyst.  Soon I was promoted to Programming Manager and then Vice President in Information Technology.  I had my second son shortly after I joined Citibank.  I am retired now af

Peter E. Morrison, DO

Neurology Chief Resident
University of Rochester Medical Center

Peter Morrison, DO received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.  He earned his Master of Science and Medical Degree at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM) in Old Westbury, New York.  He then completed his internship and residency in Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center at Strong Memorial Hospital.  He is currently completing his Clinical Movement Disorders Fellowship at the University of Rochester, with a focus in treating adults with Tourette Syndrome.

Erika F. Augustine, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology and Pediatrics
Universtiy of Rochester Medical Center 

Erika F. Augsutine, MD is Senior Instructor of Neurology and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She completed undergraduate studies at Harvard College and received her M.D. degree from the University of Rochester. Dr. Augustine completed Pediatrics and Child Neurology residency training at Children’s Hospital Boston in 2008, followed by fellowship training in Pediatric Movement Disorders and Experimental Therapeutics in 2010 at the University of Rochester. Dr.

Cathy L. Budman, MD

Director, National Tourette Center of Excellence, Northwell Health
Member of the New York State Centers of Excellence for Tourette Consortium
Director, Movement Disorders Program in Psychiatry, North Shore University Hospital
Professor of Psychiatry, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

Dr. Budman completed her undergraduate Sc.B in Biology cum laude at Brown University.  She earned her Medical Doctorate at the State University of New York at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.  Dr.

Brett W. Robbins, MD

Associate Professor, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
University of Rochester Medical Center 

After growing up and finishing medical school in Indiana, Dr. Robbins matched at the Med-Peds residency at the University of Rochester. Upon completion of residency in 1997 he became the Associate Director and ultimately the Program Director for the Med-Peds residency in 1999. He is dual boarded in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and cares for patients of all ages in a primary care setting.

Donald C. Goff, MD

Marvin Stern Professor of Psychiatry
NYU School of Medicine

Director, Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research
Orangeburg, NY

Dr. Goff is a translational clinical researcher who studies and treats schizophrenia.  He pioneered the development of glutamatergic agents and folate supplementation based on models from basic neuroscience and a personalized medicine approach.  He is currently working in the areas of early intervention and the treatment of refractory symptoms employing strategies to enhance neuroprotection and neuroplasticity. 

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