Dr. Lessig received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her MD from State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine. She served as an intern at California Pacific Medical Center and was a neurology resident and chief resident with the UC San Diego Department of Neurosciences, where she was also a fellow in neuro-therapeutics and movement disorders.
She is currently assistant clinical professor with the UCSD Health System and Veteran’s Administration Medical Center Department of Neurology. She also serves as staff physician at the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and Parkinson’s Disease Research Center at UCSD.
Dr. Lessig is a member and past president of the San Diego Neurology Society, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology, Movement Disorders Society, and American Society for Experimental Neuro Therapeutics.
Her main clinical focus is in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and in Parkinsonian disorders, but she also sees other patients with movement disorders, such as Huntington’s disease, dystonia, and ataxia. She specializes in both deep brain stimulation evaluation and programming as well as botulinum toxin injections.
Dr. Lessig is involved in both basic research and clinical trials, with a clinical research focus on Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Parkinsonian disorders. More generally, she is focused on neurodegenerative disorders. She is currently principal investigator (PI) on four clinical trial projects with sub-projects (two NINDS and two private), as well as co-PI on a fifth project at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in the area of PD.