Sasha Zivkovic, MD, PhD

  • Professor
  • Neurologist in the Neuromuscular Division

Dr. Zivkovic specializes in the treatment of patients with neuromuscular disorders and participates in the work of the MDA Neuromuscular Clinic and MDA-ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic. He evaluates patients in the neuromuscular clinic and performs electrodiagnostic testing at Presbyterian and UPMC Shadyside hospitals EMG labs and performs approximately 400 EMG and nerve conduction studies annually. Dr. Zivkovic remains active in clinical research as a member of the North-Eastern ALS Consortium (NEALS), and Inflammatory Neuropathy Consortium (INC). He is a site investigator on a multicenter study treatment of familial amyloid neuropathy with patisiran.

As a working group member of Brighton Collaboration (Working groups on vasculitis and vasculitic neuropathy), he has co-authored four studies on the association of vaccination with SLE, vasculitis and vasculitic neuropathy in Vaccine. Drs Zivkovic, Ali, and El-Dokla have also contributed a chapter on spinal cord organization to Conn’sTranslational Neuroscience, edited by Dr. Michael Conn. In collaboration with Dr. Mnatsakanova, Dr. Zivkovic has published a review on iatrogenic amyloid neuropathy after domino liver transplantation in World Journal of Hepatology. In collaboration with Drs Gonzalez and Puwanant, he co-authored a manuscript on myasthenia gravis triggered by immune checkpoint inhibitors in Neuromuscular Disorder. He also performs clinical research to evaluate neuromuscular function and peripheral neuropathy in the elderly in collaboration with Dr. Else Strotmeyer, Graduate School of Public Health.

Dr. Zivkovic actively participates in the education of medical students at the University of Pittsburgh and teaches in the course Neuroscience and Clinical Neuroscience Clerkship. He has also been teaching neurology and PM&R residents and clinical neurophysiology fellows in EMG lab, outpatient clinics, and inpatient neurology service at UPMC Presbyterian, and has received the award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching in Neurology residency program at UPMC. Dr. Zivkovic was selected by his peers as one of Best Doctors in America (Best Doctors, Inc.). He serves as an editorial advisory board member for World Journal of Hepatology. He also served as an ad hoc reviewer for journals Muscle and Nerve, Neurology, Transplantation and Transplantation International.