Robert P. Lisak M.D. (aa1704)

Robert P. Lisak M.D. (aa1704)

University Information

Title: Professor
Unit: Neurology
Department: School of Medicine

Contact Information

6e University Health Center
Detroit, 48202


Narrative Bio:

Robert P. Lisak, M.D., FAAN, FRCP served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology as well Neurologist-in-Chief of the Detroit Medical Center from 1987-2012. He previously was a member of the Department of Neurology, the Graduate Group in Immunology and an Associate Member of the Neuroscience Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also served as Vice-Chair of Neurology. Having served on multiple editorial boards, Dr. Lisak is the Editor of the Journal of the Neurological Sciences, the journal of the World Federation of Neurology.

Dr. Lisak’s research and clinical interests are in autoimmune/immunological mediated diseases of the nervous system including multiple sclerosis and related disorders, myasthenia gravis, inflammatory neuropathies including Guillain-Barre syndrome and chronic inflammatory demyelinating neuropathies, inflammatory myopathies, CNS vasculitis and neurological complications of system autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosis, Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, mixed connective tissue disease and others. His research studies include basic science, clinical research including treatment trials and translational research. Over the years his work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Guillain-Barre Syndrome/CIDP Foundation, the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America as well as by philanthropy and pharmaceutical companies.

Office Address: 8D University Health Center
Awards & Honors:
Other Information:
Undergraduate: University College of Arts and Sciences, New York University, BA cum laude, with highest honors in history, 1961

College of Physicans & Surgeons, Columbia University, M.D.,1965

Position Title: Parker Webber Chair in Neurology, Professor of Neurology; Professor of Immunology and Microbiology
Internships: Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, Bronx, NY, 1965-1966
Residency: Bronx Municipal Hospital Center (Internal Medicine), 1968-1969; Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Neurology), 1969-1972
Specialties: ms-program,neuromuscular-program
Fellowships: University College London and National Institute for Neurologic Diseases, London, UK, 1978-1979 (Fulbright Senior Scholar); Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, (Allergy and Immunology), Philadelphia, PA, 1971-1972; National Institute of Mental Health (Neurochemistry/Neuroimmunology), 1966-1968
Prior Appointments:

University of Pennsylvania, 1972-1987

Fax: 313 745 4216 Office

Multiple Sclerosis and related diseases, Myasthenia Gravis, inflammatory demyelinating neuropathies, inflammatory myopathies, neurologic complications of collagen-vascular diseases, vasculitis

Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Clinical Research Center


Dr. Lisak is a Professor of the Department of Neurology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He also serves as Parker Webber Chair in Neurology and Professor of Immunology & Microbiology at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Dr. Lisak is board-certified in Neurology. Dr. Lisak’s research has been funded by the National MS Society, the N.I.H., Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Dr. Lisak specializes in multiple sclerosis and related autoimmune diseases. He is also an expert in neuromuscular disorders such myasthenia gravis, inflammatory demyelinating neuropathies, and inflammatory myopathies. Dr. Lisak also specializes in neurologic <!--[if !vml]--><!--[endif]-->complications of collagen-vascular diseases (lupus) and vasculitis.

Dr. Lisak also serves on several national and international scientific committees including the U.S. National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Dr. Lisak is an elected member of the American Neurological Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He was recently awarded the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom. Dr. Lisak is the recipient of the “Lifetime Volunteer” award by the U.S. National MS Society. Dr. Lisak is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Neurological Sciences, the official journal of the World Federation of Neurology. Dr. Lisak has been consistently named as one of the “Best Doctors in America” for the past several years.

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