Erek M. Lam, MD

Clinical Associate Professor


  • Chief, Sleep Neurology

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Lam is a general neurologist at UPMC Passavant Outpatient Center (Wexford, PA) who is also trained in sleep medicine and provides expertise in the field of neurology, sleep medicine and sleep conditions as they pertain to neurologic disease.

Education & Training

  • Fellow, Mayo Clinic – Rochester, MN, Sleep Fellowship
  • Resident, Mayo Clinic – Rochester, MN, Neurology
  • Resident, Mayo Clinic - Rochester, MN, Preliminary Internal Medicine
  • MD, The Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

Specialized Areas of Clinical, Research and/or Educational Interests 

  • Research: General Neurology
  • Clinical: Sleep Medicine Subspecialty Including Narcolepsy, Insomnia, Restless Legs Syndrome, Parasomnia and REM sleep behavior disorder, Sleep apnea
  • Education: General Neurology

Board Certifications

  • Neurology Board Certified 
  • Sleep Medicine Board Certified 

Professional Organization Membership

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • Mayo Fellows Association

Honors & Awards

  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Gold Humanism Award, The Chicago Medical School
  • Pittsburgh Magazine “Best Doctors”

Selected Publications

Avila JD, Lacomis D, Lam EM. Neuralgic Amyotrophy Associated With Hepatitis E Virus Infection: First Case in the United States. J Clin Neuromuscul Dis. 2016 Dec;18(2):96-100. doi: 10.1097/CND.0000000000000137. PMID: 27861224.

Kolla BP, Lam E, Olson E, Morgenthaler T. Patient safety incidents during overnight polysomnography: a five-year observational cohort study. J Clin Sleep Med. 2013 Nov 15;9(11):1201-5. doi: 10.5664/jcsm.3172. PMID: 24235904; PMCID: PMC3805808.

Lam EM, Shepard PW, St Louis EK, Dueffert LG, Slocumb N, McCarter SJ, Silber MH, Boeve BF, Olson EJ, Somers VK, Milone M. Restless legs syndrome and daytime sleepiness are prominent in myotonic dystrophy type 2. Neurology. 2013 Jul 9;81(2):157-64. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e31829a340f. Epub 2013 Jun 7. PMID: 23749798; PMCID: PMC3770170.

Shepard P, Lam EM, St Louis EK, Dominik J. Sleep disturbances in myotonic dystrophy type 2. Eur Neurol. 2012;68(6):377-80. doi: 10.1159/000342895. Epub 2012 Oct 25. PMID: 23108384; PMCID: PMC4259012.

Lam EM, Worrell GA, Laughlin RS. Semiology of the rare seizure subtype piloerection. Arch Neurol. 2010 Dec;67(12):1524-7. doi: 10.1001/archneurol.2010.304. PMID: 21149816.