Pariwat Thaisetthawatkul, MD

Associate Professor - Department of Neurological Sciences
Director – Peripheral Nerve Program

Academic Office:  Clinic Practice Location: 
988435 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-8435
Phone: 402-559-4496
Fax: 402-559-9355
4242 Farnam Street, Suite 650
North Doctor's Tower
Omaha, NE 68131
Phone: 402-559-8600  

Administrative Assistant:  Jennifer Coleman     402-559-9953

Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, M.D. (1990)
Internal Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand, Resident (1993-1996)
Neurology, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand, Fellowship (1996-1997)
Neurology, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Medical Sciences, Resident (1998-2001)
Clinical Neurophysiology (EMG and EEG), University of Rochester Medical Center, Fellowship (2001-2002)
Peripheral Nerve Diseases, Peripheral Nerve Center, Mayo Clinic, Fellowship (2002-2003)

Hospital Appointments:
University of Nebraska Medical Center
VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System

Peripheral neuropathy
Autonomic disorders
Neuromuscular diseases (muscle and neuromuscular junction diseases, diseases of the motor neurons)
Clinical neurophysiology
Chemodenervation for spasticity and dystonia

Biographical Sketch:
Dr. Pariwat Thaisetthawatkul, M.D. is a board-certified neurologist. He graduated from Ramathibodi Hospital Medical School, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand in 1990. After that, he spent three years as a general physician working at a local hospital. In 1993, he entered his residency in internal medicine at the same medical school. In 1996, he spent one year doing a neurology fellowship and came over to the U.S. in 1997 when he did his internship at the State University of Buffalo in Buffalo, New York and entered a neurology residency at the State University at Buffalo under the chairmanship of Michael E. Cohen in 1998. He finished his neurology training in 2001 After that, he did his neurophysiology fellowship with an emphasis on electrodiagnosis on neuromuscular diseases at the University of Rochester Medical Center under Eric Logigian and David Herrmann and spent a year and a half at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester for a fellowship in peripheral nerve disease under Peter James Dyck, Phillip Low and P. James B. Dyck. He then came over to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2003 as a staff physician in the Department of Neurological Sciences. He is board-certified in neurology, clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also certified for neuromuscular pathology in nerve pathology by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Committee on Neuromuscular Pathology.

During his training, Dr. Thaisetthawatkul did researches on electrodiagnosis criteria for chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy, autonomic dysfunction in patients with Lewy body dementia and peripheral neuropathy following gastric bypass surgery. He also wrote about OKT 3 neurotoxicity and peripheral manifestation of Lyme disease. Recently, his researches interests are in the utility of diagnostic tests for small fiber neuropathy, which has recently been presented at 63rd AAN meeting (2011), the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in sensory neuropathy and the use of visual cue in patients with diabetic neuropathy. His researches were recognized and presented at many international and national meetings. His current publications include good nutritional control may prevent peripheral neuropathy after bariatric surgery, textbook chapters on paraneoplastic neuropathies, neuromuscular complications after bariatric surgery and neuromuscular complications of stroke, among others.

Currently, Dr. Thaisetthawatkul sees patients with neuromuscular, peripheral nerve and autonomic problems. He sees patients in peripheral neuropathy and neuromuscular, muscular dystrophy association (MDA) and ALS clinics. He does electrophysiologic studies to help diagnose neuromuscular diseases and does chemodenervation (botulinum toxin injection) to treat movement disorders and spasticity. He also conducts autonomic testing to diagnose and grade the severity of autonomic disorders and performs skin biopsy to diagnose small fiber neuropathy.

Selected Publication:

  1. Cleland JC, Malik K, Thaisetthawatkul P, Herrmann DN, Logigian E. Acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy: electrodiagnostic contribution of dispersion of the distal compound muscle action potential. Muscle & Nerve 2006; 33: 771-777.
  2. Salem, B, Thaisetthawatkul P, Fernandes Filho, JA, McComb R. Adult-Onset acid maltase deficiency: a rare clinical presentation. Abstract, Neurology 2008; 70(11) supp l: A309.
  3. Thaisetthawatkul P, Collazo-Clavell ML, Sarr MG, Norell JE, Dyck PJB. Life-table analysis of peripheral neuropathy after bariatric surgery: a retrospective cohort study of patients who had surgery performed at one institute. Abstract Neurology 2008; 70(11) supp 1: A168.
  4. Thaisetthawatkul P. Neuromuscular complications of bariatric surgery. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am 2008; 19: 111-124.
  5. Thaisetthawatkul P, Collazo-Clavell, Sarr M, Norell J, Dyck P Good nutritional control may prevent polyneuropathy after bariatric surgery. Abstract, Muscle & Nerve 2009; 40: 745.
  6. Thaisetthawatkul P, Collazo-Clavell, Sarr M, Norell J, Dyck P. Good nutritional control may prevent polyneuropathy after bariatric surgery. Muscle & Nerve 2010; 42(5):709-714.
  7. Bassel Salem,Thaisetthawatkul P, J. Americo Fernandes, Rodney D. McComb Adult-Onset Acid Maltase Deficiency with Isolated Axial Muscle Involvement. J Clin Neuromusc Dis 2010; 112: 30-35.
  8. Thaisetthawatkul P, Dyck P Treatment of diabetic and non-diabetic lumbosacral radiculoplexus neuropathy. Current Treatment Options in Neurology 2010; 12: 95-99.
  9. Thaisetthawatkul P, Sundell R, Robertson C, Dyck P. Minocycline-induced vasculitic neuropathy. Accepted for publication in J Clin Neuromusc Dis (in print).
  10. Murr N, Thaisetthawatkul P, Helvey J, Fayad P. Selective infarct of the anterior genu fornices associated with giant cell arteritis. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis September 2010 Epub ahead of print.
  11. Thaisetthawatkul P, Fernandes-Filho JA, Herrman D. Utility of Diagnostic Test in Small Fiber Neuropathy: Proposal of New Diagnostic Criteria. Abstract Neurology 2011, 76 (supplement 4): A109.
  12. Thaisetthawatkul P, Severe sensorimotor radiculoplexus neuropathy following bariatric surgery. In Dyck PJB, Engelstad JK, Low PA, et al: Companion to Peripheral Neuropathy. Philadelphia, Saunders Elsevier, 2010. Chapter 52: 225-228
  13. Thaisetthawatkul P. Paraneoplastic Neuropathy. In Tawil R & Venance S, editor: Neuromuscular Disorders. Wiley. To be published in 2011.
  14. Thaisetthawatkul P, Logigian E. Neuromuscular Complications of Stroke. In Caplan L, editor: Stroke Syndrome III. Cambridge University Press. To be published in 2011.