Hristelina S. Ilieva, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Neurology
Section: Neruomuscular
Saint Luke's Hospital
Education and Background

M.D. - Higer Medical Institute
Ph.D. - Okayamam Daigaku Igakubu
Internship - Houston Methodist Hospital
Residency - Neurology - Houston Methodist Hospital
Fellowship - Neuromuscular Medicine - Johns Hopkins University

Meet Hristelina Ilieva


Dr. Ilieva specializes in adult neuromuscular disorders including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), peripheral neuropathies, neuromuscular junction disorders, and muscle diseases.

She has achieved a broad and comprehensive training in neurology and neuroscience with emphasis on neurodegenerative diseases. She received her medical degree from Higher Medical Institute-Plovdiv in Bulgaria and PhD from Okayama University in Japan. She then expanded her skills during a post-doctoral fellowship at University of California, San Diego. She completed a residency at Houston Methodist Neurological Institute and neuromuscular fellowship at Johns Hopkins, Department of Neuromuscular Medicine. She worked as an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Neuromuscular Division of Johns Hopkins and additionally received training at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Ilieva has an interest in translating basic science knowledge and advances into therapies which could one day delay the progression of currently incurable conditions like ALS. Some of the stepping stones to achieve this goal will be to develop sound knowledge about possible disease biomarkers and to better understand factors that cause variability in disease presentation and progression.

Additionally, in collaboration with Dr. John Spertus at the Saint Luke’s Mid-America Heart Institute, Dr. Ilieva and the neurology team at the Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute will develop neurology-focused outcomes research.

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