Rock A. Heyman, MD

  • Chief, Division of Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology, Department of Neurology, UPMC
  • Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Heyman’s clinical and research interests focus on the care and treatment of people with MS and related neuro-immunologic disease of the central nervous system. 

Education & Training

  • MD, The Ohio State University, College of Medicine, Medicine
  • Intern, Montefiore Hospital, Pittsburgh PA, Neurology
  • Resident, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Neurology
  • Fellow, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Neurology

Specialized Areas of Clinical, Research and/or Educational Interests 

  • Clinical:  Evaluation of issues related to care provision and costs of care in MS
  • Education:  Training of medical students, residents and fellows in the evaluation and treatment of MS and related disorders; Training of medical students, residents and fellows in a detailed neurological examination; Training of residents and fellows in state-of-the-art lumbar puncture utilization and performance.

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology

Professional Organization Membership

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers

Honors & Awards

  • Working Women with Disability Award
  • Community hero Award from CLASS (Community Living and Support Services)

Selected Recent Publications

Association of Social Network Structure and Physical Function in Patients With Multiple Sclerosis. Seth N Levin, Claire S Riley, Amar Dhand, Charles C White, Shruthi Venkatesh, Blake Boehm, Caren Nassif, Lauren Socia, Kaho B Onomichi, Victoria M. Leavitt, Libby Levine, Rock A Heyman, Rebecca S Farber, Wendy S Vargas, Zongqi Xia, and Philip Lawrence De Jager  Neurology  2020 in press.

Ultrasound measurement of optic nerve sheath diameter pre- and post-lumbar puncture. Schott CK, Hirzallah MI, Heyman R, Lesky DN, Brant EB, Callaway CW. Ultrasound J. 2020 May 13;12(1):26. doi: 10.1186/s13089-020-00173-8. PMID: 32399786

Trends in Prices, Market Share, and Spending on Self-administered Disease-Modifying Therapies for Multiple Sclerosis in Medicare Part D. San-Juan-Rodriguez A, Good CB, Heyman RA, Parekh N, Shrank WH, Hernandez I. JAMA Neurol. 2019 Aug 26;76(11):1386-90. doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2019.2711. Online ahead of print. PMID: 31449293

Relationship between subjective visual vertical and balance in individuals with multiple sclerosis.  Klatt BN, Sparto PJ, Terhorst L, Winser S, Heyman R, Whitney SL. Physiother Res Int. 2019 Jan;24(1):e1757. doi: 10.1002/pri.1757. Epub 2018 Nov 7.  PMID  304033

Psychometric properties of a core set of measures of balance for people with cerebellar ataxia secondary to multiple sclerosis.  Winser, Stanley, Smith, Catherine, Hale, Leigh,; Claydon, Leica,  Whitney, Susan, Klatt, Brooke, Mottershead, John, Zaydan, Islam, Heyman, Rock. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2016, Volume 98, Issue 2