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Lilyana Amezcua, MD

TitleAssociate Professor of Clinical Neurology
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentNeurology
AddressGNH Eeg 4aye114
Off Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-9315
Phone+1 323 409 3439
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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. Rivas-Rodríguez E, Amezcua L. Ethnic Considerations and Multiple Sclerosis Disease Variability in the United States. Neurol Clin. 2018 Feb; 36(1):151-162. PMID: 29157396.
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    2. Amezcua L, Rivas E, Joseph S, Zhang J, Liu L. Multiple Sclerosis Mortality by Race/Ethnicity, Age, Sex, and Time Period in the United States, 1999-2015. Neuroepidemiology. 2018; 50(1-2):35-40. PMID: 29339633.
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    3. Rito Y, Flores J, Fernández-Aguilar A, Escalante-Membrillo C, Barboza MA, Amezcua L, Corona T. Vitamin D and disability in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in patients with a Mexican background. Acta Neurol Belg. 2018 Mar; 118(1):47-52. PMID: 28975580.
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    4. Amezcua L, Nelson F. Ethical Considerations of Patient-Funded Research for Multiple Sclerosis Therapeutics. Neurotherapeutics. 2017 Oct; 14(4):945-951. PMID: 28779373.
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    5. Amezcua L, Oksenberg JR, McCauley JL. MS in self-identified Hispanic/Latino individuals living in the US. Mult Scler J Exp Transl Clin. 2017 Jul-Sep; 3(3):2055217317725103. PMID: 28979795.
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    6. Sun W, Amezcua L, Shi Y. FOD Restoration for Enhanced Mapping of White Matter Lesion Connectivity. Med Image Comput Comput Assist Interv. 2017 Sep; 10433:584-592. PMID: 29046903.
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    7. 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. Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, and multiple sclerosis susceptibility: A multiethnic study. Neurology. 2017 Sep 26; 89(13):1330-1337. PMID: 28855411.
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    8. Obiwuru O, Joseph S, Liu L, Palomeque A, Tarlow L, Langer-Gould AM, Amezcua L. Perceptions of Multiple Sclerosis in Hispanic Americans: Need for Targeted Messaging. Int J MS Care. 2017 May-Jun; 19(3):131-139. PMID: 28603461.
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    9. Berkovich R, Bakshi R, Amezcua L, Axtell RC, Cen SY, Tauhid S, Neema M, Steinman L. 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. PMID: 28450891.
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    10. Langille MM, Islam T, Burnett M, Amezcua L. Clinical Characteristics of Pediatric-Onset and Adult-Onset Multiple Sclerosis in Hispanic Americans. J Child Neurol. 2016 07; 31(8):1068-73. PMID: 27021143.
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    11. Sahai-Srivastava S, Wang SL, Ugurlu C, Amezcua L. Headaches in multiple sclerosis: Cross-sectional study of a multiethnic population. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2016 Apr; 143:71-5. PMID: 26896785.
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    12. Amezcua L, Morrow MJ, Jirawuthiworavong GV. Multiple sclerosis: review of eye movement disorders and update of disease-modifying therapies. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2015 Nov; 26(6):534-9. PMID: 26397889.
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    13. Ma KC, Fernandez JR, Amezcua L, Lerner A, Shiroishi MS, Liu BJ. 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. PMID: 26564667; PMCID: PMC4936902 [Available on 12/01/16].
    14. Khan O, Williams MJ, Amezcua L, Javed A, Larsen KE, Smrtka JM. Multiple sclerosis in US minority populations: Clinical practice insights. Neurol Clin Pract. 2015 Apr; 5(2):132-142. PMID: 26137421.
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    15. 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. Blood-brain barrier breakdown in the aging human hippocampus. Neuron. 2015 Jan 21; 85(2):296-302. PMID: 25611508; PMCID: PMC4350773.
    16. Amezcua L, Conti DV, Liu L, Ledezma K, Langer-Goulda AM. Place of birth,age of immigration,and disability in Hispanics with multiple sclerosis. Mult Scler Relat Disord. 2015 Jan; 4(1):25-30. PMID: 25729639; PMCID: PMC4341972.
    17. Ebrahimi N, Herbstritt S, Gold R, Amezcua L, Koren G, Hellwig K. Pregnancy and fetal outcomes following natalizumab exposure in pregnancy. A prospective, controlled observational study. Mult Scler. 2015 Feb; 21(2):198-205. PMID: 25159275.
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    18. Zada G, Kintz N, Pulido M, Amezcua L. Prevalence of neurobehavioral, social, and emotional dysfunction in patients treated for childhood craniopharyngioma: a systematic literature review. PLoS One. 2013; 8(11):e76562. PMID: 24223703; PMCID: PMC3818366.
    19. Amezcua L, Lerner A, Ledezma K, Conti D, Law M, Weiner L, Langer-Gould A. Spinal cord lesions and disability in Hispanics with multiple sclerosis. J Neurol. 2013 Nov; 260(11):2770-6. PMID: 23912723; PMCID: PMC3816004.
    20. Amezcua L, Chung RH, Conti DV, Langer-Gould AM. Vitamin D levels in Hispanics with multiple sclerosis. J Neurol. 2012 Dec; 259(12):2565-70. PMID: 22588255.
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    21. Amezcua L, Lund BT, Weiner LP, Islam T. Multiple sclerosis in Hispanics: a study of clinical disease expression. Mult Scler. 2011 Aug; 17(8):1010-6. PMID: 21467188.
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    22. Sahai-Srivastava S, Amezcua L. Compressive neuropathies complicating normal childbirth: case report and literature review. Birth. 2007 Jun; 34(2):173-5. PMID: 17542822.
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