Dalia Rotstein

MD, MPH

Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Research Programs

Biography

Dr. Dalia Rotstein is an attending staff neurologist at St. Michael’s Hospital, where she specializes in multiple sclerosis (MS). She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Neurology at the University of Toronto. Her research is focused on the epidemiology of MS, disease modifying therapy, and dietary and nutritional influences on MS. Recent work includes studies of incidence and prevalence patterns of MS in Ontario, interactions between vitamin D supplementation and disease modifying therapy, and the relationship between BMI and MS disease course. Dr. Rotstein is also investigating No Evidence of Disease Activity (NEDA), a new outcome measure in MS akin to disease free status, which has become a treatment goal with the expanding array of highly effective MS therapies.

Dr. Rotstein enjoys mentoring residents and grad students interested in MS clinical care and research. In addition, she is actively involved in international neurology education. In 2009, she founded the Neurology International Residents’ Videoconferencing Exchange (NIRVE) and now serves as the faculty mentor for this program. This monthly educational videoconference connects residents at sites in Toronto, France, Russia, and Brazil to learn about common neurologic diseases.

Recent Publications

  1. Rotstein, DL. A protean disease: The phenotypic range of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder. Mult. Scler. 2017; :1352458517726867. doi: 10.1177/1352458517726867. PubMed PMID:28814129 .
  2. Fischer, CE, Golas, AC, Schweizer, TA, Munoz, DG, Ismail, Z, Qian, W et al.. Anti N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor encephalitis: a game-changer?. Expert Rev Neurother. 2016;16 (7):849-59. doi: 10.1080/14737175.2016.1184088. PubMed PMID:27123777 .
  3. Rotstein, DL, Tyndel, FJ, Tang-Wai, DF. A case report of cavernous sinus syndrome in a patient with Takayasu's arteritis. Headache. 2014;54 (8):1371-5. doi: 10.1111/head.12390. PubMed PMID:24827146 .
  4. Rotstein, DL, Aviv, RI, Murray, BJ. Migraine with aura associated with unilateral cortical increase in vascular permeability. Cephalalgia. 2012;32 (16):1216-9. doi: 10.1177/0333102412462286. PubMed PMID:23064237 .
  5. Rotstein, DL, Bril, V. A family with myasthenia gravis with and without thymoma. Can J Neurol Sci. 2012;39 (4):539-40. . PubMed PMID:22728868 .
  6. Rotstein, DL, Mamdani, M, O'Connor, PW. Increasing use of disease modifying drugs for MS in Canada. Can J Neurol Sci. 2010;37 (3):383-8. . PubMed PMID:20481274 .
  7. Rotstein, DL, Alter, DA. Where does the waiting list begin? A short review of the dynamics and organization of modern waiting lists. Soc Sci Med. 2006;62 (12):3157-60. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2005.11.030. PubMed PMID:16377045 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Neurologist, Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Neurology, University of Toronto.
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