Cynthia Comella, MD

Cynthia L. Comella, MD is a Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois . She is board certified in Neurology and Sleep medicine. She is the chair of the executive committee of the Dystonia Study Group. She is an active member of the Movement Disorders Society, having served as chair of the Education Committee since 2002, and was recently elected as secretary-elect to the society. She received the MDS President’s distinguished service award in 2008. In addition, she is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, and chairs the education committee. Previously she served on the Science Committee of the American Academy of Neurology and on the editorial board of the Continuum. She completed the AAN Palatucci Advocacy Fellowship, and has participated in Neurology on the Hillevent, an advocacy experience sponsored by the AAN. She recently completed her term on the executive committee of the Parkinson Study Group, and chairs the Mentorship Committee for that organization.

Dr. Comella is on the editorial board of Sleep Medicine, and has served as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous peer-reviewed journals. She conducts an active clinical research program, serving as principal investigator for her site on NIH, foundation and industry sponsored studies. She conducts clinical research programs in botulinum toxins, dystonia, Parkinson disease and sleep-related disorders. Dr. Comella is the author or co-author of more than 165 articles, reviews, research papers, abstracts, books, and book chapters about various topics including Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, sleep and sleep-related disorders, restless legs syndrome, and botulinum toxin.