Ernestina Saxton, MD, PhD

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    Ernestina Saxton M.D., Ph.D.
    Clinical Professor, UCSF

    Ernestina H. Saxton, M.D., Ph.D., specializes in the comprehensive treatment of headaches and migraines. She is board certified in psychiatry and neurology.

    A graduate of the UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Saxton also completed her neurology residency and fellowship training at UCLA.

    Dr. Saxton obtained her Ph.D. degree in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from UCLA School of Medicine. Her dissertation resulted in two publications in the international journal, Brain Research.

    Dr. Saxton’s academic research interests include the study of migraines, particularly in conjunction with thoracic outlet syndrome. She has authored medical publications and a book chapter on these subjects and has presented her studies at scientific meetings both nationally and internationally. Dr. Saxton is currently completing a book on headache and migraine for long suffering patients and for the primary physicians who care for them. The purpose in writing this book is to increase patients’ self-awareness of their disease, enhance doctor-patient communication and promote effective self-care through consultation.

    Dr. Saxton has a passion for teaching and has worked with pre-medical students, medical students, residents and fellows. In addition to teaching, Dr. Saxton also maintains a passion for giving back to the community through mentoring and tutoring in clinical medicine. One of her great joys was participating as a mentor to students from the Martin Luther King, Jr. – Charles Drew Medical Magnet High School.

    Inspired at an early age with an acute awareness of health disparities, Dr. Saxton has extraordinary passion for patient/consumer education that has only grown throughout her decades in medicine. In 2008, Dr. Saxton was identified as one of Southern California’s Super Doctors and in 2011, the Los Angeles NAACP Youth Council chose her as one of 12 outstanding role models to receive the Meritorious Women Award.

    Dr. Saxton was born and raised in the Panama Canal Zone and she is fluent in English and Spanish. She has addressed academic and community audiences in both languages and has served as a regional outreach speaker to Hispanic patients with epilepsy.

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    1. Collins JD, Saxton EH, Gelabert HA, Carnes A.A Surgery to Relieve Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. FASEB Journal. 2016; 1(20):780-784.
    2. Pumarola T, Freeman J, Saxton E, Dillon P, Bal T, van Helden J. Performance evaluation of the ADVIA Centaur(®) HIV Ag/Ab Combo assay. J Virol Methods. 2010 Dec; 170(1-2):16-20. PMID: 20723562.
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    3. Levine AJ, Hinkin CH, Ando K, Santangelo G, Martinez M, Valdes-Sueiras M, Saxton EH, Mathisen G, Commins DL, Moe A, Farthing C, Singer EJ. An exploratory study of long-term neurocognitive outcomes following recovery from opportunistic brain infections in HIV+ adults. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2008 Oct; 30(7):836-43. PMID: 18608693; PMCID: PMC2886735.
    4. Rohit M, Levine A, Hinkin C, Abramyan S, Saxton E, Valdes-Sueiras M, Singer E. Education correction using years in school or reading grade-level equivalent? Comparing the accuracy of two methods in diagnosing HIV-associated neurocognitive impairment. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2007 May; 13(3):462-70. PMID: 17445295; PMCID: PMC2867596.
    5. Lorowitz W, Saxton E, Sondossi M, Nakaoka K. Integrating statistics with a microbiology laboratory activity. Microbiol Educ. 2005 May; 6:14-9. PMID: 23653559; PMCID: PMC3633138.
    6. Collins JD, Saxton EH, Miller TQ, Ahn SS, Gelabert H, Carnes A. Scheuermann's disease as a model displaying the mechanism of venous obstruction in thoracic outlet syndrome and migraine patients: MRI and MRA. J Natl Med Assoc. 2003 Apr; 95(4):298-306. PMID: 12749621; PMCID: PMC2594632.
    7. Saxton EH, Miller TQ, Collins JD. Migraine complicated by brachial plexopathy as displayed by MRI and MRA: aberrant subclavian artery and cervical ribs. J Natl Med Assoc. 1999 Jun; 91(6):333-41. PMID: 10388259; PMCID: PMC2608506.
    8. Myers HF, Satz P, Miller BE, Bing EG, Evans G, Richardson MA, Forney D, Morgenstern H, Saxton E, D'Elia L, Longshore D, Mena I. The African-American Health Project (AAHP): study overview and select findings on high risk behaviors and psychiatric disorders in African American men. Ethn Health. 1997 Aug; 2(3):183-96. PMID: 9426983.
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    9. Rosenblatt JD, Tomkins P, Rosenthal M, Kacena A, Chan G, Valderama R, Harrington W, Saxton E, Diagne A, Zhao JQ. Progressive spastic myelopathy in a patient co-infected with HIV-1 and HTLV-II: autoantibodies to the human homologue of rig in blood and cerebrospinal fluid. AIDS. 1992 Oct; 6(10):1151-8. PMID: 1466847.
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    10. Holland GN, Fang EN, Glasgow BJ, Zaragoza AM, Siegel LM, Graves MC, Saxton EH, Foos RY. Necrotizing retinopathy after intraocular inoculation of murine cytomegalovirus in immunosuppressed adult mice. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 1990 Nov; 31(11):2326-34. PMID: 2173685.
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    11. Delamarter RB, Carr J, Saxton EH. HTLV-I viral-associated myelopathy after blood transfusion in a multiple trauma patient. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1990 Nov; (260):191-4. PMID: 2225623.
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    12. Aboulafia DM, Saxton EH, Koga H, Diagne A, Rosenblatt JD. A patient with progressive myelopathy and antibodies to human T-cell leukemia virus type I and human immunodeficiency virus type 1 in serum and cerebrospinal fluid. Arch Neurol. 1990 Apr; 47(4):477-9. PMID: 2322140.
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    13. Saxton EH, Lee H, Swanson P, Chen IS, Ruland C, Chin E, Aboulafia D, Delamarter R, Rosenblatt JD. Detection of human T-cell leukemia/lymphoma virus type I in a transfusion recipient with chronic myelopathy. Neurology. 1989 Jun; 39(6):841-4. PMID: 2725879.
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    14. Howell-Saxton E, Wettstein FO. Immunoglobulin M synthesized by human lymphoblastoid cells: interaction with Staphylococcus aureus and protein A. J Immunol. 1978 Oct; 121(4):1334-40. PMID: 100556.
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    15. Howell-Saxton E, Smith DC, Zamenhof PJ, Zamenhof S. Effects of growth phase and repair capacity on rejoining of ethyl methanesulfonate-induced DNA breaks in Escherichia coli. Mutat Res. 1974 Sep; 24(3):227-37. PMID: 4369969.
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    16. Howell-Saxton E, Zamenhof S, Zamenhof PJ. Response of Escherichia coli to ethyl methanesulfonate: influence of growth phase and repair ability on survival and mutagenesis. Mutat Res. 1973 Dec; 20(3):327-37. PMID: 4360407.
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