Brian G. Weinshenker

Brian G. Weinshenker, MD

Division:
General Neurology Appointment
Department:
Neurology
Primary Location:
Adult Neurology Clinic

4th Floor

1221 Lee St.

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Directions

Expertise

ABMS Certification:
Amer Bd of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)

About

Title:
Professor
Biography

Brian G. Weinshenker, MD, came to UVA Health’s neurology department in 2022 with 35 years of experience practicing. He spent the last 30 years as a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

He received his medical degree at the University of Manitoba in 1978, where he also trained in internal medicine. He trained in neurology at the University of Minnesota. He completed subspecialty training and conducted multiple sclerosis research at the University of Western Ontario. He practiced for four years in Ottawa, Canada before joining the Mayo Clinic in 1992.

Dr. Weinshenker has over 250 peer-reviewed publications and was listed as a highly cited researcher by Clarivate in 2016, 2017, and 2021. He has been a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded investigator and has served on multiple professional committees for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation (for neuromyelitis optica), and multiple data safety monitoring boards and attack adjudication committees.

He conducted a definitive clinical trial establishing the effectiveness of plasma exchange as a rescue treatment for severe attacks of acute demyelinating disease, a treatment now used worldwide. He recognized the key differences between multiple sclerosis and neuromyelitis optica, developed the first diagnostic criteria for neuromyelitis optica, and was part of the team that discovered the diagnostic biomarker, AQP4-IgG, that is used worldwide to test for this condition. He was awarded the John Dystel Prize for multiple sclerosis research in 2011.

Awards
  • John Dystel Prize, American Academy of Neurology/National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2011

Education

Primary:
University of Manitoba, 1978
Residency:
University of Manitoba
Fellowships:
University of Western Ontario