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Lilyana Amezcua, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology
AddressGNH Eeg 4aye114
Off Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-9315
Phone+1 323 409 3439
Emaillamezcua@usc.edu
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    Title(s)Program Director, Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship

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    Dr. Amezcua is a multiple sclerosis specialist trained under the direction of USC’s Dr. Leslie P. Weiner. She completed a residency in neurology and was chief resident. She was awarded a Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Her research is focused on collaborating with basic researchers in the field of immunology, employing new imaging techniques to access disease progression, as well as defining racial disparities that may exist within the multiple sclerosis population. She is active within her community and lectures both in English and Spanish. Dr. Amezcua currently serves as co-investigator to several clinical trials within the MS department.

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    1. Clinical and MRI characteristics of multiple sclerosis in patients of Middle Eastern and North African ancestry residing in Ontario, Canada. Mult Scler. 2020 Aug 11; 1352458520948212. Seyman E, Jones A, Guenette M, Vosoughi R, Selchen D, Amezcua L, Baral S, Oh J. PMID: 32779522.
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    2. Real-World Safety and Effectiveness of Dimethyl Fumarate in Hispanic or Latino Patients with Multiple Sclerosis: 3-Year Results from ESTEEM. Neurol Ther. 2020 May 29. Chinea A, Amezcua L, Vargas W, Okai A, Williams MJ, Su R, Parks B, Mendoza JP, Lewin JB, Jones CC. PMID: 32472385.
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    3. Real-World Safety and Effectiveness of Dimethyl Fumarate in Black or African American Patients with Multiple Sclerosis: 3-Year Results from ESTEEM. Neurol Ther. 2020 May 29. Williams MJ, Amezcua L, Okai A, Okuda DT, Cohan S, Su R, Parks B, Mendoza JP, Lewin JB, Jones CC. PMID: 32472386.
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    4. Race, ethnicity, and cognition in persons newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Neurology. 2020 04 07; 94(14):e1548-e1556. Amezcua L, Smith JB, Gonzales EG, Haraszti S, Langer-Gould A. PMID: 32152131.
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    5. Race and ethnicity on MS presentation and disease course. Mult Scler. 2020 04; 26(5):561-567. Amezcua L, McCauley JL. PMID: 31965878.
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    6. Efficacy and Safety of Alemtuzumab in Patients of African Descent with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis: 8-Year Follow-up of CARE-MS I and II (TOPAZ Study). Neurol Ther. 2019 Dec; 8(2):367-381. Okai AF, Amezcua L, Berkovich RR, Chinea AR, Edwards KR, Steingo B, Walker A, Jacobs AK, Daizadeh N, Williams MJ. PMID: 31654272.
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    7. The genetic diversity of multiple sclerosis risk among Hispanic and African American populations living in the United States. Mult Scler. 2020 Oct; 26(11):1329-1339. Beecham AH, Amezcua L, Chinea A, Manrique CP, Rubi C, Isobe N, Lund BT, Santaniello A, Beecham GW, Burchard EG, Comabella M, Patsopoulos N, Fitzgerald K, Calabresi PA, De Jager P, Conti DV, Delgado SR, Oksenberg JR, McCauley JL. PMID: 31368393.
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    8. Signal Hyperintensity on Unenhanced T1-Weighted Brain and Cervical Spinal Cord MR Images after Multiple Doses of Linear Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agent. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2019 08; 40(8):1274-1281. Barisano G, Bigjahan B, Metting S, Cen S, Amezcua L, Lerner A, Toga AW, Law M. PMID: 31345942.
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    9. Collaborative International Research in Clinical and Longitudinal Experience Study in NMOSD. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm. 2019 09; 6(5):e583. Cook LJ, Rose JW, Alvey JS, Jolley AM, Kuhn R, Marron B, Pederson M, Enriquez R, Yearley J, McKechnie S, Han MH, Tomczak AJ, Levy M, Mealy MA, Coleman J, Bennett JL, Johnson R, Barnes-Garcia M, Traboulsee AL, Carruthers RL, Lee LE, Schubert JJ, McMullen K, Kister I, Rimler Z, Reid A, Sicotte NL, Planchon SM, Cohen JA, Ivancic D, Sedlak JL, Sand IK, Repovic P, Amezcua L, Pruitt A, Amundson E, Chitnis T, Mullin DS, Klawiter EC, Russo AW, Riley CS, Onomichi KB, Levine L, Nelson KE, Nealon NM, Engel C, Kruse-Hoyer M, Marcille M, Tornes L, Rumpf A, Greer A, Kenneally Behne M, Rodriguez RR, Behne DW, Blackway DW, Coords B, Blaschke TF, Sheard J, Smith TJ, Behne JM, Yeaman MR. PMID: 31355319.
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    10. Women's Health: Contemporary Management of MS in Pregnancy and Post-Partum. Biomedicines. 2019 Apr 19; 7(2). Tisovic K, Amezcua L. PMID: 31010259.
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    11. Rituximab during pregnancy in neuromyelitis optica: A case report. Neurol Neuroimmunol Neuroinflamm. 2019 03; 6(2):e542. Miranda-Acuña J, Rivas-Rodríguez E, Levy M, Ansari M, Stone R, Patel V, Amezcua L. PMID: 30800724.
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    12. Native ancestry is associated with optic neuritis and age of onset in hispanics with multiple sclerosis. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2018 Nov; 5(11):1362-1371. Amezcua L, Beecham AH, Delgado SR, Chinea A, Burnett M, Manrique CP, Gomez R, Comabella M, Montalban X, Ortega M, Tornes L, Lund BT, Islam T, Conti D, Oksenberg JR, McCauley JL. PMID: 30480030.
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    13. Ethnic Considerations and Multiple Sclerosis Disease Variability in the United States. Neurol Clin. 2018 Feb; 36(1):151-162. Rivas-Rodríguez E, Amezcua L. PMID: 29157396.
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    14. Multiple Sclerosis Mortality by Race/Ethnicity, Age, Sex, and Time Period in the United States, 1999-2015. Neuroepidemiology. 2018; 50(1-2):35-40. Amezcua L, Rivas E, Joseph S, Zhang J, Liu L. PMID: 29339633.
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    15. Vitamin D and disability in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in patients with a Mexican background. Acta Neurol Belg. 2018 Mar; 118(1):47-52. Rito Y, Flores J, Fernández-Aguilar A, Escalante-Membrillo C, Barboza MA, Amezcua L, Corona T. PMID: 28975580.
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    16. Ethical Considerations of Patient-Funded Research for Multiple Sclerosis Therapeutics. Neurotherapeutics. 2017 Oct; 14(4):945-951. Amezcua L, Nelson F. PMID: 28779373.
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    17. MS in self-identified Hispanic/Latino individuals living in the US. Mult Scler J Exp Transl Clin. 2017 Jul-Sep; 3(3):2055217317725103. Amezcua L, Oksenberg JR, McCauley JL. PMID: 28979795.
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    18. FOD Restoration for Enhanced Mapping of White Matter Lesion Connectivity. Med Image Comput Comput Assist Interv. 2017 Sep; 10433:584-592. Sun W, Amezcua L, Shi Y. PMID: 29046903.
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    19. Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, and multiple sclerosis susceptibility: A multiethnic study. Neurology. 2017 Sep 26; 89(13):1330-1337. Langer-Gould A, Wu J, Lucas R, Smith J, Gonzales E, Amezcua L, Haraszti S, Chen LH, Quach H, James JA, Barcellos LF, Xiang AH. PMID: 28855411.
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    20. Perceptions of Multiple Sclerosis in Hispanic Americans: Need for Targeted Messaging. Int J MS Care. 2017 May-Jun; 19(3):131-139. Obiwuru O, Joseph S, Liu L, Palomeque A, Tarlow L, Langer-Gould AM, Amezcua L. PMID: 28603461.
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    21. Adrenocorticotropic hormone versus methylprednisolone added to interferon ß in patients with multiple sclerosis experiencing breakthrough disease: a randomized, rater-blinded trial. Ther Adv Neurol Disord. 2017 Jan; 10(1):3-17. Berkovich R, Bakshi R, Amezcua L, Axtell RC, Cen SY, Tauhid S, Neema M, Steinman L. PMID: 28450891.
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    22. Clinical Characteristics of Pediatric-Onset and Adult-Onset Multiple Sclerosis in Hispanic Americans. J Child Neurol. 2016 07; 31(8):1068-73. Langille MM, Islam T, Burnett M, Amezcua L. PMID: 27021143.
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    23. Headaches in multiple sclerosis: Cross-sectional study of a multiethnic population. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2016 Apr; 143:71-5. Sahai-Srivastava S, Wang SL, Ugurlu C, Amezcua L. PMID: 26896785.
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    24. Multiple sclerosis: review of eye movement disorders and update of disease-modifying therapies. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2015 Nov; 26(6):534-9. Amezcua L, Morrow MJ, Jirawuthiworavong GV. PMID: 26397889.
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    25. Design and development of an ethnically-diverse imaging informatics-based eFolder system for multiple sclerosis patients. Comput Med Imaging Graph. 2015 Dec; 46 Pt 2:257-68. Ma KC, Fernandez JR, Amezcua L, Lerner A, Shiroishi MS, Liu BJ. PMID: 26564667.
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    26. Multiple sclerosis in US minority populations: Clinical practice insights. Neurol Clin Pract. 2015 Apr; 5(2):132-142. Khan O, Williams MJ, Amezcua L, Javed A, Larsen KE, Smrtka JM. PMID: 26137421.
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    27. Blood-brain barrier breakdown in the aging human hippocampus. Neuron. 2015 Jan 21; 85(2):296-302. Montagne A, Barnes SR, Sweeney MD, Halliday MR, Sagare AP, Zhao Z, Toga AW, Jacobs RE, Liu CY, Amezcua L, Harrington MG, Chui HC, Law M, Zlokovic BV. PMID: 25611508.
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    28. Place of birth,age of immigration,and disability in Hispanics with multiple sclerosis. Mult Scler Relat Disord. 2015 Jan; 4(1):25-30. Amezcua L, Conti DV, Liu L, Ledezma K, Langer-Goulda AM. PMID: 25729639.
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    29. Pregnancy and fetal outcomes following natalizumab exposure in pregnancy. A prospective, controlled observational study. Mult Scler. 2015 Feb; 21(2):198-205. Ebrahimi N, Herbstritt S, Gold R, Amezcua L, Koren G, Hellwig K. PMID: 25159275.
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    30. Prevalence of neurobehavioral, social, and emotional dysfunction in patients treated for childhood craniopharyngioma: a systematic literature review. PLoS One. 2013; 8(11):e76562. Zada G, Kintz N, Pulido M, Amezcua L. PMID: 24223703.
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    31. Spinal cord lesions and disability in Hispanics with multiple sclerosis. J Neurol. 2013 Nov; 260(11):2770-6. Amezcua L, Lerner A, Ledezma K, Conti D, Law M, Weiner L, Langer-Gould A. PMID: 23912723.
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    32. Vitamin D levels in Hispanics with multiple sclerosis. J Neurol. 2012 Dec; 259(12):2565-70. Amezcua L, Chung RH, Conti DV, Langer-Gould AM. PMID: 22588255.
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    33. Multiple sclerosis in Hispanics: a study of clinical disease expression. Mult Scler. 2011 Aug; 17(8):1010-6. Amezcua L, Lund BT, Weiner LP, Islam T. PMID: 21467188.
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    34. Compressive neuropathies complicating normal childbirth: case report and literature review. Birth. 2007 Jun; 34(2):173-5. Sahai-Srivastava S, Amezcua L. PMID: 17542822.
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