Gary Abrams, MD

Neurologist

An expert in neurology, Dr. Gary Abrams is the director of the Neurorehabilitation Clinic at UCSF Medical Center. He specializes in the treatment of conditions associated with chronic neurological disorders or injuries. He has a special interest in the late effects of stroke and traumatic brain injury and conducts research on novel methods of stroke and cognitive rehabilitation.

Abrams received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his neurological training at the New York Neurological Institute at Columbia University. He was a member of the neurology faculty at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and served as the medical director of the Helen Hayes Rehabilitation Hospital prior to joining the faculty at UCSF in 1995. He is a professor of clinical neurology at UCSF and rehabilitation section chief at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Clinics

UCSF Neurorehabilitation Program
400 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2273
Fax: (415) 353-2898

Hours: Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

Academic Title

Professor

More about Gary Abrams

Education

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 1974

Residencies

Columbia University Hospital, Neurology 1978

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Miaskowski C, Mastick J, Paul SM, Abrams G, Cheung S, Sabes JH, Kober KM, Schumacher M, Conley YP, Topp K, Smoot B, Mausisa G, Mazor M, Wallhagen M, Levine JD. Impact of chemotherapy-induced neurotoxicities on adult cancer survivors' symptom burden and quality of life. J Cancer Surviv. 2017 Nov 20.
  2. Tu-Chan AP, Natraj N, Godlove J, Abrams G, Ganguly K. Effects of somatosensory electrical stimulation on motor function and cortical oscillations. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2017 Nov 13; 14(1):113.
  3. Stephens KE, Levine JD, Aouizerat BE, Paul SM, Abrams G, Conley YP, Miaskowski C. Associations between genetic and epigenetic variations in cytokine genes and mild persistent breast pain in women following breast cancer surgery. Cytokine. 2017 Jul 29.
  4. Smoot B, Kober KM, Paul SM, Levine JD, Abrams G, Mastick J, Topp K, Conley YP, Miaskowski CA. Potassium Channel Candidate Genes Predict the Development of Secondary Lymphedema Following Breast Cancer Surgery. Nurs Res. 2017 Mar/Apr; 66(2):85-94.
  5. Miaskowski C, Mastick J, Paul SM, Topp K, Smoot B, Abrams G, Chen LM, Kober KM, Conley YP, Chesney M, Bolla K, Mausisa G, Mazor M, Wong M, Schumacher M, Levine JD. Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy in Cancer Survivors. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Aug; 54(2):204-218.e2.
  6. Abrams G. Neurobiology of Disease, Ed Johnston MV, Adams HP, Fatemi SA. Parathyroid, Adrenal, Gonadal, and Pituitary Disease. 2016.
  7. Smoot B, Paul SM, Aouizerat BE, Dunn L, Elboim C, Schmidt B, Hamolsky D, Levine JD, Abrams G, Mastick J, Topp K, Miaskowski C. Predictors of Altered Upper Extremity Function During the First Year After Breast Cancer Treatment. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Sep; 95(9):639-55.
  8. Abrams GM. NEJM Journal Watch. Non-invasive virtual reality (VR) enhances motor performance after stroke, but is no better than simple recreational activities (RT). 2016.
  9. Simkins M, Byl NN, Abrams GM, Rosen J.. Upper limb bilateral symmetric training with robotic assistance and clinical outcomes for stroke. International Journal of Intelligent Computing and Cybernetics. 2016; 9:83-104.
  10. Abrams GM, Schipper HM. Meritt's Textbook of Neurology. Endocrine Disease and the Brain. 2015.
  11. Bethoux F, Rogers HL, Nolan KJ, Abrams GM, Annaswamy T, Brandstater M, Browne B, Burnfield JM, Feng W, Freed MJ, Geis C, Greenberg J, Gudesblatt M, Ikramuddin F, Jayaraman A, Kautz SA, Lutsep HL, Madhavan S, Meilahn J, Pease WS, Rao N, Seetharama S, Sethi P, Turk MA, Wallis RA, Kufta C. Long-Term Follow-up to a Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Peroneal Nerve Functional Electrical Stimulation to an Ankle Foot Orthosis for Patients With Chronic Stroke. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2015 Nov-Dec; 29(10):911-22.
  12. Abrams GM, Ganguly K. Management of chronic spinal cord dysfunction. Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2015 Feb; 21(1 Spinal Cord Disorders):188-200.
  13. Tsu AP, Abrams GM, Byl NN. Poststroke upper limb recovery. Semin Neurol. 2014 Nov; 34(5):485-95.
  14. Ganguly K, Abrams GM. Neurologic rehabilitation. Semin Neurol. 2014 Nov; 34(5):483-4.
  15. Langford DJ, Schmidt B, Levine JD, Abrams G, Elboim C, Esserman L, Hamolsky D, Mastick J, Paul SM, Cooper B, Kober K, Dodd M, Dunn L, Aouizerat B, Miaskowski C. Preoperative Breast Pain Predicts Persistent Breast Pain and Disability After Breast Cancer Surgery. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2015 Jun; 49(6):981-94.
  16. Langford DJ, Paul SM, West C, Abrams G, Elboim C, Levine JD, Hamolsky D, Luce JA, Kober KM, Neuhaus JM, Cooper BA, Aouizerat BE, Miaskowski C. Persistent arm pain is distinct from persistent breast pain following breast cancer surgery. J Pain. 2014 Dec; 15(12):1238-47.
  17. Langford DJ, Paul SM, West C, Levine JD, Hamolsky D, Elboim C, Schmidt BL, Cooper BA, Abrams G, Aouizerat BE, Miaskowski C. Persistent breast pain following breast cancer surgery is associated with persistent sensory changes, pain interference, and functional impairments. J Pain. 2014 Dec; 15(12):1227-37.
  18. Doong SH, Dhruva A, Dunn LB, West C, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Elboim C, Abrams G, Merriman JD, Langford DJ, Leutwyler H, Baggott C, Kober K, Aouizerat BE, Miaskowski C. Associations between cytokine genes and a symptom cluster of pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and depression in patients prior to breast cancer surgery. Biol Res Nurs. 2015 May; 17(3):237-47.
  19. Novakovic-Agopian T, Chen A, Abrams G, Loya F, Madore M, Carlin G, Murphy M, Rossi A. C-68Long-Term Outcomes of Goal-Oriented Attention and Problem Solving Training in Veterans with Chronic TBI. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2014 Sep; 29(6):599.
  20. Smoot B, Paul SM, Aouizerat BE, Elboim C, Levine JD, Abrams G, Hamolsky D, Neuhaus J, Schmidt B, West C, Topp K, Miaskowski C. Side of cancer does not influence limb volumes in women prior to breast cancer surgery. Lymphat Res Biol. 2014 Sep; 12(3):189-93.

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