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Tulio Bertorini

Dr. Tulio Bertorini is a Neurologist specializing in neuromuscular disease. Neuromuscular disease results from problems with the nerves that control muscles and communicate with the brain.

His primary focus is adult patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), Muscular Dystrophy (MD), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, and Myasthenia Gravis. He is also very active in clinical research concerning Duchene Muscular Dystrophy, an inherited form of MD that typically affects males.

Dr. Bertorini was born in Lima, Peru, where he graduated from the San Fernando School of Medicine in 1970. He began his career at the Hospital del Empleado in Lima before relocating to Baltimore, Maryland, completing an internship at Union Memorial Hospital in 1972. He then completed his neurology residency at Georgetown University, where he also served a rotation in neuropathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. In 1975, he became a fellow in neuromuscular disorders, muscle histochemistry, and electromyography at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Bertorini has been in Memphis since 1977 when he joined the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center (UTHSC) as an associate professor of neurology and pathology, and in 1997 he was promoted to professor. He now serves as the director of the Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship at UTHSC

He serves as the director of the Memphis Muscular Dystrophy Association Clinic and the Mid-South MDA/ALS Clinic. He is also the Chief of Neurology at Methodist University Hospital, Co-Director of their Neurology Training Program, and Co-Director of UTHSC’s Neurophysiology fellowship program.

Professional Societies
  • American Academy of Neurology - Fellow
  • American College of Physicians - Fellow
  • Memphis Academy of Neurology
  • American Association of Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • Memphis and Shelby County Medical Society
  • Peruvian Society of Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Memphis Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • InterAmerican College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • American Federation for Clinical Research
  • Southern EEG Society
  • American Electroencephalographic Society
  • International Society for Evoked Responses
  • Central Society for Clinical Research
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Society of Neurorehabilitation
  • World Muscle Society
  • World Federation of Neurology
  • American Clinical Neurophysiology Society
  • Peruvian American Medical Society
  • American Neurological Association - Fellow
  • Society of Latin American Physicians
  • Peruvian-American Medical Society (PAMS)
  • Latin American Society of Neuromuscular Disease

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