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Austin J. Sumner, MD

LSU School of Medicine
1542 Tulane Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 568-4082
Fax: (504) 568-7130


Dr. Austin J. Sumner is our Professor and Chair Emeritus of the LSU Department of Neurology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He retired from LSUHSC-New Orleans in June 2013. He was born in Hokitika, New Zealand where he received research training in neurophysiology and graduated with his medical degree from the University of Otago in 1963. After completing his internship and residency at Wellington Hospital, he received his specialty board equivalent as member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and in 1973 he received the honor of becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians (FRACP). In 1967, he was awarded the Nuffield Foundation Postdoctoral Traveling Fellowship in Medicine which he took up at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London, England. At the completion of his neurology training in England, he was appointed assistant professor of neurology at the University of California San Francisco and later was appointed assistant through full professor of neurology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Since arriving at LSU as the Department Head in 1988, he has been involved in many aspects of the clinical, academic and research aspects of neurology. At a national level, he is a trustee of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Foundation and past-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the AAN Foundation, past-Chairman of the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and a member of the American Neurological Association. He is also active in the European Neurological Society, serves on the editorial board of several medical journals and is a past-Editor-in-Chief of the AANnews. Dr. Sumner's research interests focus on the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral neuropathies, neuromuscular diseases, multiple sclerosis, and clinical neurophysiology. Dr. Sumner continues to be a very active member of  the American Academy of Neurology Foundation and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Research Interests

Peripheral neuropathy
Multiple sclerosis
Guillain-Barré syndrome
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Selected Publications

Bryan WW, Hoagland RJ, Murphy J, Armon C, Barohn RJ, Goodpasture JC, Miller RG, Parry GJ, Petajan JH, Ross MA, Stromatt SC, and the rhCNTF ALS Study Group (includes Sumner AJ), Can we eliminate placebo in ALS clinical trials?, ALS and other motor neuron disorders 4, 11-15, 2003.

Lewis RA, Sumner AJ, Shy ME, Electrophysiologic Features of Inherited Neuropathies: A Reappraisal in the Era of Molecular Diagnosis., Muscle & Nerve 23:1472-1487, 2000.

Gutierrez A, England JD, Sumner AJ, Ferer SS, Warner LW, Lupski JR, Garcia CA:, Unusual electrophysiological findings in x-linked dominant Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease., Muscle & Nerve 23:182-188, 2000.

Holmes SE, OHearn EE, McInnis MG, Gorlick-Feldman DA, Kleiderlein JJ, Callahan C, Kwak NG, Ingersoll-Ashworth RG, Sherr M, Sumner AJ, Sharp AH, Ananth U, Seltzer WK, Boss MA, Vieria-Saecker AM, Epplen JT, Riess O, Ross CA, Margolis RL, Expansion of a novel CAG trinucleotide repeat in the 5 region of PPP2R2B associated with SCA12., Nat Genet, 23(4):391-2, 1999.

Gutierrez A, England JD, Sumner AJ, Ferer SS, Warner LW, Lupski JR, Garcia CA, Unusual electrophysiological findings in a family with x-linked dominant Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease., Neurology 50, No. 4 (Suppl.), A74,, 1998.