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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Departments

Location

  1. Rochester, Minnesota

Languages

English

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
  8.  
    Other - Mayo Clinic Whitney MacMillan Physician Leadership Business AcademyMayo Clinic

Certifications

  1. 1996
    NeurologyAmerican Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Awards and honors

  1. 2020
    Levy LectureWashington University
  2. 2019
    Wartenburg Presidential Lecture: American Academy of Neurology
  3. 2018
    Diversity Champion AwardMayo Clinic
  4. 2018
    DirectorAmerican Neurological Association (ANA) Board of Directors
  5. 2016
    John Dystel Prize for Multiple Sclerosis Research (NMSSS and the AAN Annual Meeting)
  6. 2015
    Eugene and Marcia Applebaum Professor of NeuroscienceMayo Clinic
  7. 2014
    Outstanding Teacher AwardDepartment of Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
  8. 2002
    Frontiers in Neuroscience Lecture, Beyond the Decade of the BrainAmerican Academy of Neurology
  9. 1995
    Woltman Award for Clinical Excellence in NeurologyAwarding Organization
  10. 1990
    Top 10% Class RankMayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
  11. 1990
    Upjohn Scientific Achievement AwardAwarding Organization
  12. 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
  13. 1984
    Biology Honor SocietyNorthwestern University
  14. 1983
    Sophomore Honor SocietyNorthwestern University
  15. 1982
    Freshman Honor SocietyNorthwestern University

Professional memberships

  1. 2019 - present
    National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke CouncilNational Institute of Health
  2. 2019 - present
    MemberNINDS Council
  3. 2019 - present
    Board of GovernorsMayo Clinic
  4. 2019 - present
    Board of TrusteesMayo Clinic
  5. 2018 - present
    DirectorAmerican Neurological Association, Board of Directors
  6. 2016
    MemberMayo Clinic Distinguished Investigator and Team Science Selection Committee
  7. 2015 - 2019
    Professional Development CommitteeAmerican Neurological Association
  8. 2015 - 2017
    Member, Scientific Review GroupAmerican Academy of Neurology
  9. 2015 - present
    Scientific CommitteeAmerican Association of Neurology
  10. 2014
    MemberMayo Clinic Task Forces/Work Groups
  11. 2013 - 2019
    MemberMayo Clinic Research Review Group
  12. 2012 - 2014
    ChairNational Institutes of Health Study Section, Clinical Neuroimmunology and Brain Tumor (CNBT)
  13. 2012 - 2013
    Vice ChairMayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees - Research Metrics Task Force
  14. 2010 - 2016
    Charter MemberNational Institutes of Health Study Section, CNBT
  15. 2010 - present
    Ad Hoc MemberNational Institutes of Health Study Section, Clinical Neuroimmunology and Brain Tumor (CNBT)
  16. 2010 - 2018
    MemberResearch Committee
  17. 2010 - 2014
    ChairResearch Personnel SubCommittee, Personnel Committee
  18. 2010 - present
    Research Committee, Mayo Clinic Task Forces/Work Groups
  19. 2009 - present
    Ad Hoc MemberNational Institutes of Health Study Section, Clinical Neuroimmunology and Brain Tumor (CNBT)
  20. 2009 - present
    Ad Hoc MemberNational Institutes of Health Study Section, Clinical Neuroimmunology and Brain Tumor (CNBT)
  21. 2009 - 2014
    Assistant DirectorCenter for Multiple Sclerosis and Demyelinating Diseases, Mayo Clinic Task Forces/Work Groups
  22. 2009 - present
    Personnel Committee
  23. 2009 - present
    MemberPersonnel Committee, Mayo Clinic Task Forces/Work Groups
  24. 2007 - 2009
    Basic Science SubcommitteeAmerican Academy of Neurology
  25. 2007 - 2009
    MemberBasic Science Subcommittee, American Academy of Neurology
  26. 2006 - present
    Neurology Executive Committee, Department of Neurology
  27. 2005 - 2008
    Member of Membership Selection CommitteAmerican Neurological Association
  28. 2005 - 2014
    ChairDivision of MS and Autoimmune Neurology, Department of Neurology
  29. 2005 - 2008
    MemberMembership Advisory Committee, American Neurological Association
  30. 2004
    FellowAmerican Academy of Neurology
  31. 2004 - present
    MemberSigma Xi Scientific Research Society
  32. 2004 - present
    MemberMedical Advisory Board, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  33. 2003 - 2010
    Associate DirectorAdvisory Committee, General Clinical Research Center
  34. 2003 - 2009
    Section ChairSection of Multiple Sclerosis, Department of Neurology
  35. 2002 - present
    MemberAmerican Neurological Association
  36. 2002 - 2008
    MemberCentral Society for Neurological Research
  37. 2002 - 2006
    MemberAdvisory Committee, General Clinical Research Center
  38. 2002
    Active MemberAmerican Neurological Association
  39. 2002 - present
    MemberBiospecimens Executive Subcommittee, Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  40. 2001
    MemberMayo Research Symposium: "Building Bridges", Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  41. 2001
    MemberOrganizing Committee, Mayo Research Symposium: "Building Bridges", Mayo Clinic Rochester Committees
  42. 2001
    MemberMultiple Sclerosis Full-day Course, American Academy of Neurology
  43. 2001 - present
    FacultyMultiple Sclerosis Full-day Course, American Academy of Neurology
  44. 2000 - 2002
    CoordinatorClinical Practice Committee, Department of Neurology
  45. 2000 - 2002
    Course DirectorKick-off Seminar: Acute Leukoencephalopathy, American Academy of Neurology
  46. 2000 - 2002
    FacultyKick-off Seminar: Acute Leukoencephalopathy, American Academy of Neurology
  47. 2000 - 2002
    MemberKick-off Seminar: Acute Leukoencephalopathy, American Academy of Neurology
  48. 2000 - present
    MemberResearch Faculty Recruitment and Development Task Force, Mayo Clinic Task Forces/Work Groups
  49. 1999 - 2017
    Board MemberResearch Committee
  50. 1999
    Medical Advisory Board - MemberInternational Task Force on Clinicopathologic Correlate of the MS Lesion, National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  51. 1999 - present
    MemberInternational Task Force on Clinicopathologic Correlate of the MS Lesion
  52. 1998 - 2002
    ChairResident Recruitment Committee, Department of Neurology
  53. 1998 - 2000
    MemberNeurology Section, American College of Physicians
  54. 1998 - 2000
    MemberMedical Knowledge Self Assessment Program, Neurology Section, American College of Physicians
  55. 1998 - present
    MemberResident Assessment Committee, Department of Neurology
  56. 1998 - present
    MemberResident Education Committee, Department of Neurology
  57. 1997
    MemberTechnology Assessment Committee, Institute for Clinical Systems Integration
  58. 1997
    MemberIntravenous Immune Gamma Globulin (IVIG) for Treatment of Neurological Conditions, Technology Assessment Committee, Institute for Clinical Systems Integration
  59. 1997 - present
    Technology Assessment CommitteeInstitute for Clinical Systems Integration
  60. 1997 - present
    MemberMinnesota Medical Association
  61. 1997 - present
    MemberZumbro Valley Medical Society, Minnesota Medical Association
  62. 1997 - present
    MemberIntravenous Immune Gamma Globulin (iVIG) for Treatment of Neurological Conditions Workgroup
  63. 1997 - present
    MemberAssociation of University Professors of Neurology
  64. 1997 - present
    ReviewerNational Multiple Sclerosis Society
  65. 1996 - 1997
    MemberOutpatient Practice Team, Practice Enhancement Project, Department of Neurology
  66. 1992 - 1994
    MemberResident Selection Committee, Department of Neurology
  67.  
    Research Personnel SubCommittee, Personnel Committee
  68.  
    ChairNeuroscience Industry Task Force, Mayo Clinic Task Forces/Work Groups
  69.  
    ReviewerNational Multiple Sclerosis Society
  70.  
    MemberCentral Society for Neurological Research
  71.  
    MemberAmerican Medical Association
  72.  
    MemberMinnesota Medical Association
  73.  
    MemberZumbro Valley Medical Society, Minnesota Medical Association
  74.  
    MemberSigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  75.  
    MemberMultiple Sclerosis Society

Publications

Research activities

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