Valerie Askanas

Neurology expert specializing in neuromuscular diseases, especially among the elderly

Co-Director, USC Neuromuscular Center, Good Samaritan Hospital

Professor of Neurology and Pathology, Keck School of Medicine of USC


  • neuromuscular diseases
  • inclusion body-myositis
  • aging of muscle
  • molecular pathology of abnormal muscle and nerves
  • electron microscopy
  • electron-microscopic immunocyto-chemistry
  • long-term cultures of human muscle

Additional Information

  • Author of more than 200 scientific articles
  • Co-editor and originator of Inclusion-Body Myositis and Myopathies (1998) and Muscle Aging, Inclusion-Body Myositis and Myopathies
  • President, Scientific Program Committee, XXI International Congress on Neuromuscular Diseases, 2010
  • Associate editor and member of editorial board of Acta Myologica
  • Fellow, American Academy of Neurology and Los Angeles Academy of Medicine
  • Recipient, MERIT grant, National Institute of Aging (for research in the area of inclusion-body myositis, the most common muscle disease of older people)
  • Member: executive council of American Neurological Association; medical advisory board and research committee of Myositis Association; executive committee, Research Group for Neuromuscular Disorders, World Federation of Neurology; medical advisory board of Myasthenia Gravis Foundation
  • Listed in Who’s Who in the World (1994-present) and America’s Top Doctors (2000-present)


  • Polish

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