Charles Thornton, M.D.

Charles Thornton, M.D.

Current Titles and Roles

Professor of Neurology

Degrees, Certifications, and Licenses

  • B.A., University of Iowa
  • M.D., University of Iowa, 1981
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, UCLA/SFV Program, 1982
  • Residency, Neurology, Oregon Health Sciences University, 1985
  • Fellowship, Neuromuscular Disease, Strong Memorial Hospital, 1991; Experimental Therapeutics, Strong Memorial Hospital, 1992
  • Certification, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Prior Work History

  • 1993-Present, Clinical Co-Director, Neuromuscular Disease Center, University of Rochester
  • 1993-Present, Member, Clinical Research Center Advisory Committee, University of Rochester
  • 2003-Present, Assistant Director, Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center

Clinical Specialties

Neuromuscular diseases


Professional memberships:

  • Working Group on Experimental Therapeutics, American Society of Human Genetics
  • Great Lakes ALS Study Group
  • University of Rochester RNA Cluster
  • Muscle Study Group, RNA Society
  • World Muscle Society
  • American Neurological Association


  • 1989-1991, Research Fellowship Award, Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • 1991-1992, Experimental Therapeutics Fellowship Award, NRSA
  • 1992-1997, Clinical Investigator Development Award, NIH/NINDS
  • 1997-2000, Paul B. Beeson Physician Faculty Scholar Award of the American Federation of Aging Research


  • Understanding the causes of muscle wasting and weakness in muscular dystrophy and aging
  • Discovering treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and myasthenia gravis

Academic Activity

  • Teaching residents and medical students in inpatient and outpatient settings
  • Leading didactic conferences for medical students, neurology residents as well as pathology residents and fellows
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