Patricia K. Coyle, MD, FAAN, FANA, is a professor and the vice chair of neurology (clinical affairs), and the director of the Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center at Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, NY. Dr Coyle received a bachelor of science degree with highest honors from Fordham University, Bronx, NY, and her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. While at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, she completed a residency and chief residency in neurology, followed by a 2-year fellowship in neuroimmunology and neurovirology. She then went on to establish a successful research laboratory in addition to building a busy clinical practice at the Stony Brook University Medical Center.
Dr Coyle is the author of numerous articles on clinical and basic research aspects of multiple sclerosis (MS) and neurologic infections and she is recognized as a leading expert on MS and neurologic infections. Her areas of expertise include Lyme disease and neurologic infections, cerebrospinal fluid, therapeutics, and neuroimmunology. Her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and other organizations. She is currently involved in a number of therapeutic trials testing new immunotherapies for MS, as well as studies addressing neurologic aspects of Lyme disease.
Dr Coyle has held active leadership positions in a number of national and international organizations and academic societies, including the American Academy of Neurology, American Neurological Association, National MS Society, and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and has been a member of the FDA Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Panel. She lectures widely on MS and neurologic infections to national and international audiences.