Avertano Noronha, MD

Associate Professor

Avertano Noronha, MD, provides skilled care for patients with neurological conditions. He has particular interests in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS), autoimmune diseases, inherited neurological conditions, neurological complications of pregnancy, and neurological problems associated with medical disorders. He also provides expert second opinions for complex neurological disease.

Additionally, Dr. Noronha conducts basic and clinical research. His studies focus on understanding immune mechanisms in multiple sclerosis. He also leads clinical investigations testing the safety and efficacy of newly developed drugs for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, and how these therapies affect the immune system.

Dr. Noronha is actively involved in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows. He lectures regularly on neuroimmunology and neurological diseases. He is also the creator and instructor of "Workings of the Human Brain," a neuroscience course at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Noronha often speaks at national and international conferences on multiple sclerosis and other topics in neurology. He is also an ad hoc reviewer for several scientific journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Immunology, and Neurology.

Dr. Noronha is on leave during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Education & Training
  • Fellowship: Neuroimmunology, The University of Chicago Medicine
  • Residency: Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Internship: Brown Memorial Hospital (Christian Medical College), Ludhiana, India
  • M.D.: Punjab University, India
Board Certification
  • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Clinical Interests
  • Neurology
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Vasculitis
  • Neurological conditions in pregnant women
  • Diagnostic dilemmas and challenges
Research Interests
  • Dr. Noronha's work is in the area of neuroimmunology, clinical neurology, and neurological education. Dr. Noronha has a strong interest and considerable experience in general clinical neurology as well as in the fields of multiple sclerosis, lupus and the vasculitides, autoimmune diseases, inherited neurologic diseases, and the neurological complications of medical disorders and pregnancy. This is reflected in the diversity of his outpatient clinics and his work in clinical trials.
  • Course Director for BioSci 14107, "Workings of the Human Brain."
Society Memberships
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • International Society of Neuroimmunology
  • Society of Experimental Neuropathology
Selected Publications