Araya Puwanant, MD

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Araya Puwanant, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology
Phone: (412) 692-4600

Specialized Areas of Interest

Inherited and acquired muscle disorders; myotonic dystrophy; other muscular dystrophies; neuromuscular channelopathies; non-dystrophic myotonia; primary periodic paralysis; episodic ataxia; myasthenia gravis and other neuromuscular junction disorders; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; EMG; single fiber EMG; outcome measures in neuromuscular diseases.


Dr. Puwanant is an assistant professor of neurology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center with both clinical and research training in neuromuscular diseases. She received her medical degree at the Prince of Songkla University in Thailand. She completed her neurology training at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where she also served as chief resident. Dr. Puwanant pursued further training in Neuromuscular Medicine and EMG at the University of Rochester, New York. While at the University of Rochester, she also completed the Experimental Therapeutics Fellowship, for which she received funding from the NIH-funded Consortium for Clinical Investigator of Neurological Channelopathies (CINCH) and the NIH-funded Wellstone Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center (MDCRC). In addition, she was awarded a two-year Clinical Research Training Grant from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). She joined the faculty at the Department of Neurology in 2014.

Dr. Puwanant’s research focuses on disease progression and developing outcome measures, as well as therapeutic trials in myotonic dystrophy, neuromuscular channelopathies, and other neuromuscular diseases. Her current research includes clinical trials in Myasthenia Gravis and the reliability of video hand opening time in myotonic dystrophy. She serves as reviewer in several journals and is the author of several book chapters on various aspects of neuromuscular disease.

Dr. Puwanant’s publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.

Board Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
American Board of Neuromuscular Medicine

Hospital Privileges

UPMC Presbyterian, Shadyside, East, Passavant

Professional Organization Membership

American Academy of Neurology, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Muscle Study Group

Editorial Service

• Ad Hoc Reviewer:

Muscle and Nerve
European Journal of Neurology
European of Neurology
Journal of the Neurological Sciences

Dr. Puwanant

Dr. Puwanant