Christopher Gomez, MD PhD

Albina Y. Surbis Professor & Chair

Assistant: Merle Huckabee
Telephone: 773-702-6390
Patient Calls: 773-702-6222
Fax: 773-702-9076

Dr. Christopher Gomez is an expert in neurogenetic disorders, gait and balance disorders, and in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with ataxias -- a family of rare neurodegenerative diseases. Since 1991, Dr. Gomez has been on the medical and research advisory board of the National Ataxia Foundation. He currently serves as the vice chair of the Neurogenetics Section of the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. Gomez's laboratory research concentrates on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease--with a focus on the means by which genetic mutations in ion channels or other essential proteins lead to dominantly inherited neurodegenerative diseases. His research has resulted in more than 50 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals.

Education & Training
  • Fellowship: University of California, Los Angeles
  • Residency: The University of Chicago
  • Internship: Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago
  • M.D.: The University of Chicago
  • Ph.D.: Immunology, The University of Chicago
  • B.A.: Biology, The University of Chicago
Board Certification
  • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
Clinical Interests
  • Spinocerebellar ataxias
  • Child and adult onset ataxias
  • Friedreich's ataxia
  • Ataxia telangiectasia
  • Hereditary parkinsonian syndromes
  • Olivopontocerebellar ataxia
  • Multiple system atrophy
  • Gait and balance disorders
  • Hereditary spastic paraparesis
Research Interests
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Ion channel disorders
  • Voltage-gated calcium channels
  • Myasthenic syndromes
  • Disease biomarkers
  • Course Director: Neurobiology of Disease
Society Memberships
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Neurological Association
  • American Society of Human Genetics
  • Society for Neuroscience
Selected Publications