Claudia F. Lucchinetti, M.D.

  1. Neurologist
  2. Enterprise Chair, Neurology, 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.

  • 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

Certifications

  1. 1996
    NeurologyAmerican Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Awards and honors

  1. 2014
    Outstanding Teacher AwardDepartment of Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
  2. 2002
    Frontiers in Neuroscience Lecture, Beyond the Decade of the BrainAmerican Academy of Neurology
  3. 1995
    Woltman Award for Clinical Excellence in NeurologyAwarding Organization
  4. 1990
    Upjohn Scientific Achievement AwardAwarding Organization
  5. 1988
    Clinical Honors: Pediatrics, Surgery, Neurology, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and GynecologyMayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
  6. 1984
    Biology Honor SocietyNorthwestern University
  7. 1983
    Sophomore Honor SocietyNorthwestern University
  8. 1982
    Freshman Honor SocietyNorthwestern University
  9.  
    Top 10% Class RankMayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration

Professional memberships

  1. 2018 - present
    Advisory Committee MemberAmerican Neurological Association
  2. 2015 - 2017
    Member, Scientific Review GroupAmerican Academy of Neurology
  3. 2014
    MemberMayo Clinic Task Forces/Work Groups
  4. 2011 - present
    Assistant DirectorCenter for Multiple Sclerosis and Demyelinating Diseases, Mayo Clinic Task Forces/Work Groups
  5. 2010 - present
    ChairResearch Personnel SubCommittee, Personnel Committee
  6. 2010 - present
    Research Committee, Mayo Clinic Task Forces/Work Groups
  7. 2009 - present
    Personnel Committee
  8. 2009 - present
    MemberPersonnel Committee, Mayo Clinic Task Forces/Work Groups
  9. 2007 - 2009
    MemberBasic Science Subcommittee, American Academy of Neurology
  10. 2006 - present
    Neurology Executive Committee, Department of Neurology
  11. 2005 - 2008
    MemberMembership Advisory Committee, American Neurological Association
  12. 2005 - present
    ChairDivision of MS and Autoimmune Neurology, Department of Neurology
  13. 2004
    FellowAmerican Academy of Neurology
  14. 2004 - present
    MemberMedical Advisory Board, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  15. 2003 - 2010
    Associate DirectorAdvisory Committee, General Clinical Research Center
  16. 2003 - 2009
    Section ChairSection of Multiple Sclerosis, Department of Neurology
  17. 2002 - present
    MemberAmerican Neurological Association
  18. 2002 - 2006
    MemberAdvisory Committee, General Clinical Research Center
  19. 2002
    Active MemberAmerican Neurological Association
  20. 2002 - present
    MemberBiospecimens Executive Subcommittee, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  21. 2001
    MemberMayo Research Symposium: "Building Bridges", Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  22. 2001
    MemberOrganizing Committee, Mayo Research Symposium: "Building Bridges", Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  23. 2001
    MemberMultiple Sclerosis Full-day Course, American Academy of Neurology
  24. 2001 - present
    FacultyMultiple Sclerosis Full-day Course, American Academy of Neurology
  25. 2000 - 2002
    CoordinatorClinical Practice Committee, Department of Neurology
  26. 2000 - 2002
    Course DirectorKick-off Seminar: Acute Leukoencephalopathy, American Academy of Neurology
  27. 2000 - 2002
    FacultyKick-off Seminar: Acute Leukoencephalopathy, American Academy of Neurology
  28. 2000 - 2002
    MemberKick-off Seminar: Acute Leukoencephalopathy, American Academy of Neurology
  29. 2000 - present
    MemberClinical Practice Committee, Department of Neurology
  30. 2000 - present
    MemberResearch Faculty Recruitment and Development Task Force, Mayo Clinic Task Forces/Work Groups
  31. 1999 - 2017
    Board MemberResearch Committee
  32. 1999
    MemberInternational Task Force on Clinicopathologic Correlate of the MS Lesion, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  33. 1998 - 2002
    ChairResident Recruitment Committee, Department of Neurology
  34. 1998 - 2000
    MemberNeurology Section, American College of Physicians
  35. 1998 - 2000
    MemberMedical Knowledge Self Assessment Program, Neurology Section, American College of Physicians
  36. 1998 - present
    MemberResident Assessment Committee, Department of Neurology
  37. 1998 - present
    MemberResident Education Committee, Department of Neurology
  38. 1997
    MemberTechnology Assessment Committee, Institute for Clinical Systems Integration
  39. 1997
    MemberIntravenous Immune Gamma Globulin (IVIG) for Treatment of Neurological Conditions, Technology Assessment Committee, Institute for Clinical Systems Integration
  40. 1996 - 1997
    MemberOutpatient Practice Team, Practice Enhancement Project, Department of Neurology
  41. 1992 - 1994
    MemberResident Selection Committee, Department of Neurology
  42.  
    Research Personnel SubCommittee, Personnel Committee
  43.  
    Research Committee
  44.  
    ChairNeuroscience Industry Task Force, Mayo Clinic Task Forces/Work Groups
  45.  
    ReviewerNational Multiple Sclerosis Society
  46.  
    MemberCentral Society for Neurological Research
  47.  
    MemberAmerican Medical Association
  48.  
    MemberMinnesota Medical Association
  49.  
    MemberZumbro Valley Medical Society, Minnesota Medical Association
  50.  
    MemberSigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  51.  
    MemberMultiple Sclerosis Society
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Research activities

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