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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Department of Neurology

Fernando Cuascut-Lassús, MD

Residency Information

Adult Neurology

PGY-4 Class of 2017

Education And Training

Medical School:  University of Puerto Rico

Internship: SUNY Downstate


Clinical Interests: Multiple sclerosis, stroke, and critical care
Research Interests:
Neuro-immune diseases, public health, and spinal cord injury


Sarah A. Busch, Jason A. Hamilton, Kevin P. Horn, Fernando X. Cuascut, Rochelle Cutrone, Nicholas Lehman, Robert J. Deans, Anthony E. Ting, Robert W. Mays, and Jerry Silver. Multipotent Adult Progenitor Cells Prevent Macrophage-Mediated Axonal Dieback and Promote Regrowth after Spinal Cord Injury. The Journal of Neuroscience.31(3):944-953 January, 2011

Sarah A. Busch, Kevin P. Horn, Fernando X. Cuascut, Alicia L. Hawthorne, Lianhua Bai, Robert H. Miller and Jerry Silver. Adult NG2+Cells Are Permissive to Neurite Outgrowth and Stabilize Sensory Axons during Macrophage-Induced Axonal Dieback after Spinal Cord Injury. The Journal of Neuroscience.30(1):255-265, January 2010. Yingjie Shen, Alan P. Tenney, Sarah A. Busch, Kevin P. Horn, Fernando X. Cuascut, Kai Liu, Zhigang He, Jerry Silver, and John G. Flanagan. PTPσ Is a Receptor for Chondroitin Sulfate Proteoglycan, an Inhibitor of Neural Regeneration. Science. 326(5952): 592–596 October 2009

Weiguo Zhu, Pin Xu, Fernando X. Cuascut, Alison K. Hall, and Gerry S. Oxford. Activin Acutely Sensitizes Dorsal Root Ganglion Neurons and Induces Hyperalgesia via PKC-Mediated Potentiation of Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid I. The Journal of Neuroscience 27(50):13770 –13780 December, 2007