Leonard Sokol, MD

Title(s)CLINICAL FELLOW, Medicine
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    Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PABS2013Information Systems
    University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OHMD2018Doctor of Medicine
    Northwestern, Chicago, IL2019Internal Medicine (Intern Year, Prelim)
    Northwestern, Chicago, IL2022Neurology (Residency)
    UCSF, San Francisco, CAPalliative Medicine

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    Dr. Leonard L. Sokol, M.D. is a Neurologist who completed his integrated clinical (residency) and research (Starzl Physician Scientist Training Program) training in 2022 at the Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology, Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.

    He graduated early with his B.S. with University Honors from Carnegie Mellon University in 2013, where his study areas were Computer Information Systems and Neuroscience. During his undergraduate years, his research received funding from the Gino S. Mancuso Memorial Fund, the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute, and small undergraduate research grants sponsored by Yahoo! and Johnson & Johnson. That work earned several academic and industry-sponsored awards. He subsequently received an early acceptance to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for his M.D., where he was a trainee in the Neuroscience Scholars Program. There, he focused his efforts on alleviating an underrepresented minority group's psychosocial distress related to neurological illness and developing a stakeholder to integrate care in underserved areas for a not-for-profit, Tikvah for Parkinson, where he remains an ad-hoc consultant. In March 2017, Tablet Magazine featured his piece, "Are Jews at Risk for Parkinson's disease?" as its cover story.

    Throughout his clinical training, he has served patients in diverse settings, including the hospital, ambulatory clinic, emergency, and pediatric settings. His research has focused on investigating how the principles of palliative medicine can improve the health-related quality of life for people with neurodegenerative diseases. He receives ongoing financial support from the Huntington Disease Society of America and the American Film Institute.

    He is a published poet and writer and has authored more than twenty peer-reviewed articles in leading outlets, such as JAMA, Nature (npj Parkinson's disease), and Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology. More recently, he conducted a roundtable interview with Dr. Edith Eger, psychologist and New York Times bestselling author of The Choice, and Broadway actress Tovah Feldshuh on the importance of neurologists helping people with brain disease find meaning during their illness.

    He recently relocated to the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) to continue additional training as a palliative medicine fellow through the Division of Palliative Medicine.

    In the Summer of 2023, Dr. Sokol will serve as an attending palliative neurologist.

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    Huntington disease Society of America SP0070054Sep 15, 2021
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    1. Clinical Reasoning: A 77-Year-Old Man With Involuntary Movements, Sleep Changes, Falls, Bulbar Symptoms, and Cognitive Complaints. Neurology. 2022 Apr 29. Cao TQ, Harris GR, Lineback CM, Sokol LL, Mencacci N, Opal P. PMID: 35487699.
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    2. When Should Neuroendovascular Care for Patients With Acute Stroke Be Palliative? AMA J Ethics. 2021 10 01; 23(10):E783-793. Young MJ, Regenhardt RW, Sokol LL, Leslie-Mazwi TM. PMID: 34859772; PMCID: PMC8684539.
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    3. Disparities in Palliative Care Utilization Among Hospitalized People With Huntington Disease: A National Cross-Sectional Study. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2022 May; 39(5):516-522. Sokol LL, Bega D, Yeh C, Kluger BM, Lum HD. PMID: 34291654.
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    4. Meaning and purpose in Huntington's disease: a longitudinal study of its impact on quality of life. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2021 08; 8(8):1668-1679. Sokol LL, Troost JP, Kluger BM, Applebaum AJ, Paulsen JS, Bega D, Frank S, Hauser JM, Boileau NR, Depp CA, Cella D, Carlozzi NE. PMID: 34288600; PMCID: PMC8351386.
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    5. Best Practices in the Clinical Management of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and Corticobasal Syndrome: A Consensus Statement of the CurePSP Centers of Care. Front Neurol. 2021; 12:694872. Bluett B, Pantelyat AY, Litvan I, Ali F, Apetauerova D, Bega D, Bloom L, Bower J, Boxer AL, Dale ML, Dhall R, Duquette A, Fernandez HH, Fleisher JE, Grossman M, Howell M, Kerwin DR, Leegwater-Kim J, Lepage C, Ljubenkov PA, Mancini M, McFarland NR, Moretti P, Myrick E, Patel P, Plummer LS, Rodriguez-Porcel F, Rojas J, Sidiropoulos C, Sklerov M, Sokol LL, Tuite PJ, VandeVrede L, Wilhelm J, Wills AA, Xie T, Golbe LI. PMID: 34276544; PMCID: PMC8284317.
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    6. Finding Hope in Hopelessness and Meaning in Suffering: Dr. Edith Eger's Lessons for Neuropalliative Care. J Palliat Med. 2021 07; 24(7):973-975. Sokol LL, Feldshuh T, Eger E. PMID: 33902328.
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    7. Social Media Perceptions of Legacy-Making: A Qualitative Analysis. Palliat Med Rep. 2020; 1(1):326-330. Sokol LL, Jordan SR, Applebaum AJ, Hauser JM, Forlizzi J, Cerf M, Lum HD. PMID: 34223493; PMCID: PMC8241363.
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    8. The case of a 30-year-old man with subacute gait instability, weakness, and muscle spasms. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2020 12; 7(12):2535-2537. Mehta MP, Sokol LL. PMID: 33174672; PMCID: PMC7732238.
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    9. Palliative Care for Persons Living With Parkinson Disease. JAMA. 2020 10 20; 324(15):1579. Sokol LL, Kluger BM. PMID: 33079156.
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    10. Meaning and Dignity Therapies for Psychoneurology in Neuropalliative Care: A Vision for the Future. J Palliat Med. 2020 09; 23(9):1155-1156. Sokol LL, Lum HD, Creutzfeldt CJ, Cella D, Forlizzi J, Cerf M, Hauser JM, Kluger BM. PMID: 32877285; PMCID: PMC7469693.
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    11. Goal-Concordant Care in the Era of Advanced Stroke Therapies. J Palliat Med. 2021 02; 24(2):297-301. Sokol LL, Hauser JM, Lum HD, Forlizzi J, Cerf M, Caprio FZ, Young MJ. PMID: 32407220; PMCID: PMC7840300.
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    12. Advance care planning in Parkinson's disease: ethical challenges and future directions. NPJ Parkinsons Dis. 2019; 5:24. Sokol LL, Young MJ, Paparian J, Kluger BM, Lum HD, Besbris J, Kramer NM, Lang AE, Espay AJ, Dubaz OM, Miyasaki JM, Matlock DD, Simuni T, Cerf M. PMID: 31799376; PMCID: PMC6874532.
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    13. Telemedicine in Neurological Disorders: Opportunities and Challenges. Telemed J E Health. 2019 07; 25(7):541-550. Chirra M, Marsili L, Wattley L, Sokol LL, Keeling E, Maule S, Sobrero G, Artusi CA, Romagnolo A, Zibetti M, Lopiano L, Espay AJ, Obeidat AZ, Merola A. PMID: 30136898; PMCID: PMC6664824.
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    14. Deep brain stimulation in uncommon tremor disorders: indications, targets, and programming. J Neurol. 2018 Nov; 265(11):2473-2493. Artusi CA, Farooqi A, Romagnolo A, Marsili L, Balestrino R, Sokol LL, Wang LL, Zibetti M, Duker AP, Mandybur GT, Lopiano L, Merola A. PMID: 29511865; PMCID: PMC6126998.
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    15. The Parkinson Care Advocate: Integrating Care Delivery. Front Neurol. 2017; 8:364. Sokol LL, Shapiro D, Young MJ, Wise AH, Hadelsberg UP, Kaufman Y, Espay AJ, Merola A. PMID: 28798721; PMCID: PMC5529407.
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    16. Cautionary optimism: caffeine and Parkinson's disease risk. J Clin Mov Disord. 2016; 3:7. Sokol LL, Young MJ, Espay AJ, Postuma RB. PMID: 27275394; PMCID: PMC4893836.
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    17. Runny nose sign: Sequential rhinorrhea and syncope in dementia with Lewy bodies. Neurol Clin Pract. 2016 Apr; 6(2):e14-e16. Sokol LL, Espay AJ. PMID: 27354929; PMCID: PMC4912607.
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    18. Clinical signs in functional (psychogenic) gait disorders: a brief survey. J Clin Mov Disord. 2016; 3:3. Sokol LL, Espay AJ. PMID: 26877882; PMCID: PMC4751755.
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