R. Brian Sommerville, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology



Board Certifications

  • Adult Neurology (2009 – present)
  • Electrodiagnostic Medicine (2011 – present)
  • Neuromuscular Medicine (2011 – present)
  • Clinical Neuromuscular Pathology (2015 – present)


  • NIH Kirschstein-NRSA Institutional Physician-Scientist Training Grant (2010-2011)
  • National Merit Scholar (1995)


  • Sommerville RB, Guzzi-Vincenti M, Winborn K, Stitziel NO, Connolly AM, Mann DL. Diagnosis and management of adult hereditary cardioneurological disorders: A model of the multidisciplinary care of complex genetic disorders. Trends Cardiovas Med 2017;27: 51-58.
  • Sommerville RB, Zaidman CM, Pestronk A. Coenzyme Q10 deficiency in children: frequent type 2C muscle fibers with normal morphology. Muscle Nerve. 2013 Nov;48(5):722-6.
  • Manousakis G, Koch J, Sommerville RB, El-Dokla A, Harms MB, Al-Lozi MT, Schmidt RE, Pestronk A. Multifocal radiculoneuropathy during ipilimumab treatment of melanoma. Muscle Nerve. 2013 Sep;48(3):440-4.
  • Pestronk A, Schmidt RE, Choksi RM, Sommerville RB, Al-Lozi MT. Clinical and laboratory features of neuropathies with serum IgM binding to TS-HDS. Muscle Nerve. 2012 Jun;45(6):866-72.
  • Harms MB, Sommerville RB, Allred P, Bell S, Ma D, Cooper P, Lopate G, Pestronk A, Weihl CC, Baloh RH. Exome sequencing reveals DNAJB6 mutations in dominantly-inherited myopathy. Ann Neurol. 2012 Mar;71(3):407-16.
  • Sommerville RB, Baloh RH. Anemia, paresthesias, and gait ataxia in a 57-year-old denture wearer. Clin Chem. 2011 Aug;57(8):1103-6.
  • Sommerville RB. Cerebrovascular findings in an adult with cyanotic congenital heart disease. Neurology. 2010 Oct 26;75(17):1570.
  • Sommerville RB, Noble JM, Vonsattel JP, Delapaz R, Wright CB. Eosinophilic vasculitis in an isolated central nervous system distribution. BMJ Case Rep. 2009;2009. pii: bcr08.2008.0832.
  • Greene JD, Sommerville RB, Nystrom LE, Darley JM, and Cohen JD (2001). An fMRI investigation of emotional engagement in moral judgment. Science 293: 2105-8

Dr. Sommerville works in the Neuromuscular Division of the Neurology Department.

His clinical interests include immune and inflammatory diseases of muscle and nerve; motor neuron diseases including ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease; muscular dystrophy; Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease; mitochondrial disorders; hereditary and acquired myelopathy; ataxia; paraneoplastic neurological syndromes; and small-fiber neuropathy. His research interests are histopathological and genetic characterization of neurological disorders associated with coenzyme Q10 deficiency.