Melissa Elafros
Andrea and Lawrence A Wolfe Research Professor
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Department of Neurology
109 Zina Pitcher PL, 5015 AAT-BSRB
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
[email protected]

Available to mentor

Melissa Elafros
Assistant Professor
  • Qualifications
  • Center Memberships
  • Research Overview
  • Recent Publications
  • Qualifications
    • Fellowship
      University of Michigan, Neuromuscular, 2021
    • Residency
      Johns Hopkins Hospital, Adult Neurology, 2020
    • Internship
      Johns Hopkins Hospital, Department of Medicine, 2017
    • M.D.
      Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2016
    • Ph.D., Epidemiology
      Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2014
    • B.A., Spanish
      Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2008
    • B.S., Human Biology
      Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2008
    • M.A., Bioethics
      Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2008
    Center Memberships
    • Center Member
      Caswell Diabetes Institute
    • Center Member
      Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation
    Research Overview

    - Identification of risk factors for neurologic diseases in resource-limited regions of the United States and in low-middle income countries.
    - Characterization of the psychosocial burden of neurologic diseases, including stigma, among affected individuals and their social networks.
    - Identifying and addressing barriers to improve access to quality neurologic care and services for resource-limited populations.

    Recent Publications See All Publications
    • Presentation
      Diabetic Polyneuropathy: clinical presentation and management
      Elafros M. 2024 Jan 27;
    • Journal Article
      The Effect of Surgical Weight Loss on Cognition in Individuals with Class II/III Obesity.
      Reynolds EL, Votruba KL, Watanabe M, Banerjee M, Elafros MA, Chant E, Villegas-Umana E, Giordani B, Feldman EL, Callaghan BC. J Nutr Health Aging, 2023 27 (12): 1153 - 1161. DOI:10.1007/s12603-023-2047-1
      PMID: 38151865
    • Journal Article
      Early Initiation of Antiretroviral Therapy is Protective Against Seizures in Children with HIV in Zambia: A Prospective Case-Control Study.
      Bearden DR, Mwanza-Kabaghe S, Bositis CM, Dallah I, Johnson BA, Siddiqi OK, Elafros MA, Gelbard HA, Okulicz JF, Kalungwana L, Musonda N, Theodore WH, Mwenechanya M, Mathews M, Sikazwe IT, Birbeck GL. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr, 2023 Nov 28; DOI:10.1097/QAI.0000000000003357
      PMID: 38032746
    • Journal Article
      The effect of surgical weight loss on diabetes complications in individuals with class II/III obesity.
      Reynolds EL, Watanabe M, Banerjee M, Chant E, Villegas-Umana E, Elafros MA, Gardner TW, Pop-Busui R, Pennathur S, Feldman EL, Callaghan BC. Diabetologia, 2023 Jul; 66 (7): 1192 - 1207. DOI:10.1007/s00125-023-05899-3
      PMID: 36917280
    • Journal Article
      Patient, Provider, and Health Systems Factors Leading to Lumbar Puncture Nonperformance in Zambia: A Qualitative Investigation of the "Tap Gap".
      Saylor D, Elafros M, Bearden D, Dallah I, Mathews M, Muchanga G, Mwale M, Mwenechanya M, Siddiqi OK, Winch PJ, Somwe SW, Birbeck GL. Am J Trop Med Hyg, 2023 May 3; 108 (5): 1052 - 1062. DOI:10.4269/ajtmh.22-0699
      PMID: 36972691
    • Presentation
      The Flint Neuropathy Study: Assessing the burden of undiagnosed diabetic neuropathy in a low-income population.
      Elafros M. 2023 May;
    • Presentation
      The Flint Neuropathy Study: assessing the burden of undiagnosed diabetic neuropathy in a predominantly low-income community
      Elafros M. 2023 May 17;
    • Journal Article
      Patient and health care provider knowledge of diabetes and diabetic microvascular complications: a comprehensive literature review.
      Elafros MA, Callaghan BC, Skolarus LE, Vileikyte L, Lawrenson JG, Feldman EL. Rev Endocr Metab Disord, 2023 Apr; 24 (2): 221 - 239. DOI:10.1007/s11154-022-09754-5
      PMID: 36322296
    Featured News & Stories
    Department News
    IHPI Honors Dr. Melissa Elafros
    Dr. Elafros received the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation's (IHPI) Sandy-Hassmiller Early Career Health Services Research Award for her work "Identifying Provider-Level Barriers and Facilitators to the Diagnosis and Management of Peripheral Neuropathy."