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Michael Noetzel, MD

Dr. Noetzel is the Director, Division of Pediatric and Developmental Neurology, the Director of Clinical Services in the Division of Pediatric Neurology. He is also the Medical Director of Clinical and Diagnostic Neuroscience Services at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Michael Noetzel, M. D. is the Director of Clinical Services for the Division of Pediatric Neurology and for St. Louis Children's Hospital. He is involved in prospective outcome studies of children who receive comprehensive inpatient neurorehabilitation services for central nervous system injury and the predictive value of biochemical markers of damage in patients with traumatic brain injury. He is examining the efficacy of microsurgery for brachial plexus injuries in infants and the benefits of selective dorsal rhizotomy for children with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, as part of a large NIH-funded study. Dr. Noetzel helped design an extensive multicenter NIH funded pediatric stroke trial and serve as Chair of the Neurology Committee, which adjudicates the determination of stroke in the study children. Dr. Noetzel attends several outpatient pediatric neurology clinics per week devoted to his special interests and also to more general problems in clinical child neurology.

Medical Training

Dr. Noetzel was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Baccalaureate degree from Yale University and his medical education at the University of Virginia. His pediatric training at St. Louis Children's Hospital was followed by a fellowship in Child Neurology at that institution and Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Noetzel joined the faculty at Washington University in 1982. Between 1995 and 2001 he served on the Editorial Board of Neurology and presently is on the boards of Pediatric Neurology and Journal of Pediatric Neurology. Dr. Noetzel is an examiner in Child Neurology for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has served on the Child Neurology Recertification Committee of the Board. He has been very active in a number of professional societies, including the American Academy of Neurology, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American and International Societies for Neurochemistry. Dr. Noetzel is a past President of the Central Society for Neurological Research (199-2002) and a member of the Executive Committee of the Child Neurology Society. Currently he is a member of the Administrative Liaison committee of the Child Neurology Society and the Annals of Neurology Oversight Committee for both the Child Neurology Society and the American Neurological Association.

Selected Publications

Noetzel MJ, Wolpaw JR. Emerging concepts in the pathophysiology of recovery from neonatal brachial plexus injury. Neurology. 2000 Jul 12;55(1):5-6.

Graf WD, Noetzel MJ. Radical reactions from missing ceruloplasmin: the importance of a ferroxidase as an endogenous antioxidant. Neurology. 1999 Aug 11;53(3):446-7.

Wong M, Connolly AM, Noetzel MJ. Poliomyelitis-like syndrome associated with Epstein-Barr virus infection. Pediatr Neurol. 1999 Mar;20(3):235-7.

Noetzel MJ. Fish oil and myelin: cautious optimism for treatment of children with disorders of peroxisome biogenesis. Neurology. 1998 Jul;51(1):5-7.

O'Brien DF, Park TS, Noetzel MJ, Weatherly T. Review Paper: Management of Birth Brachial Plexus Palsy. Child's Nerv System 2005 (In Press).

Wicklow BA, Ivanovich J, Plews M, Salo T, Noetzel M, Leuder G, Cartegni L, Kaback M, Sandhoff K, Steiner RD, Triggs-Raine BL. Severe subacute GM2 gangliosidosis caused by an apparently silent HEXA mutation (V324V) that results in aberrant splicing and reduced HEXA mRNA. American Journal of Medical Genetics 2004; 127:158-166.

Noetzel MJ: Diagnosing "undiagnosed" leukodystrophies: The role of molecular genetics. Neurology. 2004; 62:847-848.

Noetzel MJ: "Acute Pediatric Neurorehabilitation" in Youman's Neurological Surgery, 5th Edition, ed. by H.Richard Winn, Elsevier Science, Philadelphia,
pp.3783-3791, 2003.

Henderson BA, Noetzel MJ, McKinstry RC, White DS, Armstrong M, DeBaun MR. Reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome and silent cerebral infarcts are associated with sever acute chest syndrome in children with sickle cell disease. Blood 2003; 101:415-419.

Shevell M, Ashwal S, Donley D, Flint J, Gingold M, Hirtz D, Majnemer A, Noetzel MJ, Sheth RD. Practice parameter: evaluation of the child with global developmental delay. Neurology 2003:60:367-380.

Alden TD, Lytle RA, Park TS, Noetzel MJ, Ojemann JG. Intrathecal baclofen withdrawal: a case report and review of the literature. Child's Nerv System 2002; 18: 522-525.

Katz R, Hamilton JA, Spector AA, Moore SA, Moser HW, Noetzel MJ, Watkins PA. Brain uptake and utilization of fatty acids: Recommendations for future research. J Molec Neurosci 2001; 16:333-335.