Alaina Giacobbe, MD

PGY-4 Resident

Biographical Sketch

Alaina Giacobbe is a fourth-year neurology resident with interests in global health and clinical research. Beginning in 2024, she will be a neuromuscular fellow at Duke University. She decided to come to UPMC for training because she loved the residents, felt Pittsburgh was a perfect-sized city, and thought the atmosphere was great for feeling both challenged and supported in her training. Her favorite rotation in residency is EMG/NCS because she loves working with the neuromuscular attendings and finds the dynamic exam very interesting. Her interests outside of work are hanging out with her co-residents, trying various restaurants and bars around Pittsburgh, and playing soccer.

Education & Training

  • MD, University of Florida
  • BS, University of Florida, Chemistry

Selected Recent Publications

RRNMF Neuromuscular Journal / Case Report
August 2022,  Pittsburgh, PA
A Second Case of Treatment-resistant CIDP in an IgG Tubulin Autoantibody Positive Patient
Authors: Alaina Giacobbe, MD, Tawfiq Al-Lahham, MD, Ajitesh Ojha, MD, Sasha Zivkovic, MD, PhD

Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements / Manuscript
August 2021,  Gainesville, FL
Geospatial Analysis of Persons with Movement Disorders Living in Underserved Regions
Authors: Alaina Giacobbe, MD, Ka Loong Kelvin Au, MD, Oliver T Nguyen, Kathryn Moore, MD, Emily Dinh, PhD, MSPH, Adolfo Ramirez-Zamora, MD, Michael S Okun, MD, Leonardo Almeida, MD

Muscle & Nerve / Manuscript
March 2021,  Gainesville, FL
Pain as a significant symptom in patients with periodic paralysis - A cross-sectional survey
Authors: Alaina Giacobbe, MD, Sub Subramony, MD, Miguel Chuquilin, MD

Medlink / Review Article
December 2020,  Pittsburgh, PA
Drug-Induced Myasthenic Syndromes
Authors: Alaina Giacobbe, MD, Miguel Chuquilin, MD

RRNMF Neuromuscular Journal/ Case Report
November 2020,  Gainesville, FL
Treatment-resistant CIDP in an IgG tubulin autoantibody positive patient: A case report and review of the literature 
Authors: Alaina Giacobbe, MD, Mitesh Patel, MD, Miguel Chuquilin, MD, Scott Heller, MD

AANEM / Poster Presentation
October 2020,  Virtual
Pain and Quality of Life in People with Neuromuscular Disorders in Clinic and Patient Support Meetings- A cross-sectional survey
Authors: Alaina Giacobbe, MD, Miguel Chuquilin, MD, Sub Subramony, MD

International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders/ Poster Presentation
October 2018,  Hong Kong, China
Geospatial Analysis of Underserved Movement Disorders Patients in a Large Tertiary Referral Center- a Hypothesis Generating Study
Authors: Alaina Giacobbe, MD, Emily Dinh, MSPH, Adolfo Ramirez-Zamora, MD, Michael S Okun, MD, Leonardo Almeida, MD