Faculty and Staff

Melissa W Ko, MD

Melissa W Ko, MD
Appointed 08/04/08
University Health Care Center
90 Presidential Plaza
Syracuse, NY 13202

315 464-8668

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

Clinical Section Affiliations

  • Neurology: Neuro-Ophthalmology and Headache
  • Ophthalmology: Neuro-Ophthalmology

Research Programs and Affiliations

  • Neurology

Clinic/Unit

Education & Fellowships

  • Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania Scheie Eye Institute, 2008, Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Residency: University of Pennsylvania Health System, 2007, Neurology
  • Internship: University of Pennsylvania Health System, 2004, Internal Medicine
  • MD: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 2003
  • BA: Yale University, 1998, Biology

Clinical Interests

  • I evaluate and treat adults and children (infants included) with neuro-ophthalmologic conditions including: optic neuropathies/neuritis, optic disc swelling/papilledema/pseudotumor cerebri, tumors/disorders of the optic pathway, pupillary abnormalities, diplopia (double vision), eye movement disorders/nystagmus, and visual complaints stemming from migraine/headache.

Research Interests

  • My research involves the role of weight gain and recurrence of pseudotumor cerebri. I am also involved at the state and national level for legislative and patient advocacy in the field of neurology.

Specialties & Certification

  • Neurology

Diseases & Conditions Treated

  • Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Nystagmus
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Pituitary Tumors
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri
  • Pupillary Defect
  • Visual Field Defect

Treats

  • Adults and Children

Treatments/Services

  • Lumbar Puncture

Associations/Memberships

  • American Academy of Neurology (AAN), Active Member

Current Hospital Privileges

  • Upstate University Hospital

Languages Spoken (Other Than English)

  • Chinese

HealthLinkOnAir Radio Interview

6/18/14 Headaches and vision problems

Publications

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Volunteer Faculty

Research Staff

Katherine J. Barkan – (monitor)
Megan Grosso, D.P.T, PA.C.
Meghan Hall (monitor)
Jennifer Moore – (coordinator)
Andrea McGlond - (coordinator)
Iulia G. Movileanu (coordinator)
Mary Lou Watson (supervisor)

Fellows

Clinical Neurophysiology Fellows/
Michael Mendoza, MD, PGY-5
Rebecca O’Dwyer, MD, PGY-5
Jason Williams, MD, PGY-5
Neurocritical Care Fellows
Dani Choufani, MD, PGY-6
Elena Schmidt, MD, PGY-6

Residents

Meet our Residents

Clinical and Support Staff

Anne Dow, NP
Megan Grosso, D.P.T, PA.C.
Marcia Harris, RN,FNP
Pamela Kirch, NP
Margaret Randazzo, RN
Sailasri Reddy, PA
Brenda Schader, NP
Sari-Ann Yonaty, NP

Administration

Ellie Scala, MBA - Administrator
Amanda Coss - Assistant to the Chair
Natalie Mullholland - Administrative Manager

Education Coordinators

Mary Phelan - Education Administrator
Alison Brewer - Cerebrovascular (stroke) fellowship program