Betty Soliven, MD

Director, Electrodiagnostic Lab for Neuromuscular Disease
Co-Director, ALS Clinic, Neuropathy Clinic

Patient Calls: 773-702-6222
Fax: 773-834-5435

Betty Soliven, MD, is an expert in autoimmune disorders that affect the nervous system, including myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, other autoimmune neuropathies, and multiple sclerosis. She also co-directs the University of Chicago Neuromuscular Clinic where patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, muscular dystrophies, and mitochondrial diseases are seen.

An active researcher, Dr. Soliven is involved in several neuromuscular clinical trials. Her laboratory research focuses on immune mechanisms and demyelinating diseases of the nervous system. In addition to investigating glial electrophysiology and biology, she is involved in studies pertaining to an animal model of chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy.

Education & Training
  • Diplomate in Neurology, 1987
  • Diplomate in Electrodiagnostic Medicine, 1989
  • Fellowship: Research fellowship in cellular physiology, The University of Chicago Medicine
  • Fellowship: EMG-Neuromuscular, Columbia University Medical Center
  • Residency: The University of Chicago Medicine
  • Internship: Santo Tomas University Hospital, Philippines
  • M.D.: University of Santo Tomas, Philippines
Board Certification
  • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Electrodiagnostic Medicine, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine
Clinical Interests
  • Neurology
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Neuropathies
  • Myopathies
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Multiple sclerosis
Research Interests
  • Immunopathogenetic mechanisms and treatment of inflammatory neuropathies such as CIDP utilizing the animal model B7-2 deficient NOD mouse.
  • Glial electrophysiology and biology, most recently focused on growth factors and lysosphingolipid receptors in Schwann cells and oligodendrocytes, which are cells that synthesize myelin in the PNS and CNS, respectively.
  • Behavioral and electrophysiologic characterization of other animal models of neuropathy. 
  • lectures on neuromuscular diseases and electromyography (residents’ lecture series, and neurophysiology fellows’ lecture series)
  • monthly Neuromuscular Pathology Conference
  • training in the performance and interpretation of nerve conduction studies and electromyography
  • CPP course: Neuromuscular disease
  • Neurobiology of Disease Course-neuromuscular section
Selected Publications