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Pantelis P. Pavlakis, MD, PhD


About Dr. Pavlakis

Dr. Pantelis Pavlakis is a physician-scientist, board certified in neurology and neuromuscular medicine. He has clinical expertise in neuromuscular diseases, in particular, immune-mediated neuromuscular syndromes and neurologic complications of systemic autoimmune and rheumatic diseases. He evaluates patients with selected general neurologic conditions and performs nerve conduction studies and needle EMG for patients with neuromuscular diseases.

Dr. Pavlakis received his medical degree from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He then pursued a PhD at the same institution, studying the pathogenetic mechanisms of immune-mediated neuropathies and neuropathies associated with Sjogren's syndrome. He completed his residency in neurology at Boston University, and came to Hospital for Special Surgery to pursue a fellowship in Neuromuscular Medicine, followed by another fellowship in Advanced Neuromuscular Medicine and Autoimmune Neurology.

His research includes clinical and translational research projects, focusing on immune responses and cell signaling pathways in motor neuron disease, biomarkers of immune-mediated neuropathies' response to treatment, as well as immune mechanisms of small fiber neuropathies and neuromuscular complications of systemic autoimmune diseases.


Special Expertise

Peripheral neuropathies
Neurologic manifestations of systemic autoimmune and rheumatic diseases
Small fiber neuropathies
Spinal stenosis


EMG/Nerve conduction studies
Skin biopsy
Lumbar puncture
Botox for neuromuscular diseases

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Assistant Attending Neurologist, Hospital for Special Surgery


American Academy of Neurology
American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine


Neuromuscular Medicine


National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece


Boston University, Boston, MA


Boston University, Boston, MA


Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY

State Licensure


English, Greek

Publications by Dr. Pavlakis

Professional Education

Selected Books/Chapters

Pavlakis PP, Dalakas MC. Peripheral Neuropathy. Sjogren's syndrome Diagnosis and Therapeutics. Springer 2012. Ramos-Casals, M, Stone, JH, Moutsopoulos, HM. (Eds.).

For more publications, please see the PubMed listing.


Dr. Pavlakis' research interests involve the intersection between neuromuscular diseases and immunology, such as immune-mediated neurological syndromes, and especially clinical and immunological aspects of neurologic manifestations of systemic autoimmune diseases.

Specific research projects include cell signaling pathways and immune responses in motor
neuron disease, electrophysiological and immunological predictors of immune-mediated neuropathies responsiveness to treatment, pathogenesis of immune-mediated neuropathies, and pathogenesis of small fiber neuropathies.

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Pavlakis as of November 12, 2019.

  • Alexion Pharmaceuticals - Honoraria

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