Horacio Kaufmann MD
NYU Langone Health
Horacio Kaufmann, MD is Professor of Neurology, Medicine and Pediatrics and holds the Axelrod Chair for Neurological Research at New York University School of Medicine where he also heads the division of Autonomic Disorders and the Dysautonomia Center at NYU Langone Health. Dr. Kaufmann received his medical degree from the National University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He trained in Internal Medicine and completed Neurology residency and fellowship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. His research focuses on the autonomic nervous system and its abnormalities in neurological disorders. Dr. Kaufmann’s research is funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH, NINDS), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Michael J Fox Foundation, the MSA Coalition and the Dysautonomia Foundation, Inc.
He also received long term funding from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He is a former Chairman of the Autonomic Nervous System Section of the American Academy of Neurology, and of the Autonomic Research Group of the World Federation of Neurology and former President of the American Autonomic Society. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Autonomic Research, published by Springer-Nature. Dr. Kaufmann reported the first complete autopsy findings in patients with pure autonomic failure, establishing this disorder as a synucleinopathy related to Parkinson disease. He described the vestibulo-sympathetic reflex in humans, a feed forward mechanism that helps maintain blood pressure during movement, and the phenotype of familial dysautonomia (HSAN type III), a rare genetic disease affecting afferent autonomic neurons. Dr. Kaufmann is currently the principal investigator of the Natural History Study of the Synucleinopathies, an international collaboration funded by the NIH with a focus on MSA. Dr. Kaufmann lives in New York City with his wife, Lucy Norcliffe-Kaufmann, PhD, and two children George (age 12) and Dolores (age 7).