Claudia F. Lucchinetti, M.D.

  1. Chair, Minnesota
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My name is Claudia Lucchinetti. I am a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. My role at the Mayo Clinic includes being, first and foremost, a physician, a clinician. My areas of specialization include specifically multiple sclerosis and demyelinating disorders. When I come to work and I'm with a patient, it's really about them.

At the end of the day, I am relentless in my desire to want to make an impact on the care of my patients. I particularly like the opportunity to connect with my patients, to get to know them on a personal level. I find it fascinating to not only study and learn about the nervous system and be able to study and understand how we might better treat and hopefully one day cure some of these disorders.

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Claudia F. Lucchinetti, M.D., is a neurologist with specialty interest in neuroimmunology. Her clinical focus includes:

  • Inflammatory demyelinating diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, transverse myelitis, neuromyelitis optica and Balo's concentric sclerosis
  • Providing care to patients in Mayo Clinic's Multiple Sclerosis Clinic
  • Being an internal referral source for the evaluation and management of patients with complex white matter disorders of the central nervous system

In addition to her clinical activities, Dr. Lucchinetti is active in research and education, providing mentorship to residents and fellows. She authors expert content and publishes in high-impact scientific journals. Her research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that drive tissue injury in multiple sclerosis, neuromyelitis optica and other related disorders, with a focus on identifying new therapies.

Dr.Lucchinetti is the recipient of the 2016 John Dystel Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She is also recognized with the distinction of a named professorship, the Eugene and Marcia Applebaum Professor of Neurosciences.

Dr. Lucchinetti serves as chair of the Department of Neurology.

  1. Multiple sclerosis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  1. 1996
    Fellow - Mayo Foundation Scholar - Mentor: Professor Hans LassmannInstitute of Experimental Neurology, Universitat of Vienna
  2. 1995
    Fellow - Neuroimmunology - Mentor: Moses Rodriguez, M.D.Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  3. 1994
    Resident - NeurologyMayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. 1991
    InternshipRush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center
  5. 1990
    MDRush Medical College
  6. 1986
    Research Training - Summer Immunology Research Student - Mentor: Moses Rodriguez, M.D.Mayo Clinic in Rochester
  7. 1986
    BA - BiologyNorthwestern University

Awards and honors

  1. 2014
    Outstanding Teacher AwardDepartment of Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
  2. 2007
    Teacher of the Year Award, Neurologic SurgeryMayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
  3. 2002
    Frontiers in Neuroscience Lecture, Beyond the Decade of the BrainAmerican Academy of Neurology
  4. 1995
    Woltman Award for Clinical Excellence in NeurologyAwarding Organization
  5. 1990
    Upjohn Scientific Achievement AwardAwarding Organization
  6. 1984
    Biology Honor SocietyNorthwestern University
  7. 1983
    Sophomore Honor SocietyNorthwestern University
  8. 1982
    Freshman Honor SocietyNorthwestern University
    Top 10% Class RankMayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration

Professional memberships

  1. 2014
    MemberMayo Clinic Task Forces/Work Groups
  2. 2011 - present
    Assistant DirectorCenter for Multiple Sclerosis and Demyelinating Diseases, Mayo Clinic Task Forces/Work Groups
  3. 2010 - present
    ChairResearch Personnel SubCommittee, Personnel Committee
  4. 2010 - present
    Research Committee, Mayo Clinic Task Forces/Work Groups
  5. 2009 - present
    Personnel Committee
  6. 2009 - present
    MemberPersonnel Committee, Mayo Clinic Task Forces/Work Groups
  7. 2007 - 2009
    MemberBasic Science Subcommittee, American Academy of Neurology
  8. 2006 - present
    Neurology Executive Committee, Department of Neurology
  9. 2005 - 2008
    MemberMembership Advisory Committee, American Neurological Association
  10. 2005 - present
    ChairDivision of MS and Autoimmune Neurology, Department of Neurology
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Research activities

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