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Dr. Claudia Muñoz

Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor - Neurology

Dr. Claudia Munoz

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Education and Training

  • Fellowship, Epilepsy, Washington University Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Chief Resident, Department of Neurology, UC Irvine Medical Center, Irvine, California
  • Residency, Department of Neurology, UC Irvine Medical Center, Irvine, California
  • Internship, Highland Hospital, Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland, California
  • M.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
  • M.P.H., Tulane University of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • B.A., International Relations, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
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Dr. Claudia Muñoz, M.D., M.P.H. is an assistant clinical professor of neurology and  director of epilepsy at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine. In addition to practicing at the UCR Health Neurosciences facility, Muñoz is developing a comprehensive epilepsy program at UCR Health. She participates in multidisciplinary injury prevention clinics for dancers and athletes and is also a consulting physician at Riverside Community Hospital.

Muñoz previously worked at St. Joseph's Hospital in Orange, California as a neuro-hospitalist.  She provided neurology consultation services, including acute stroke evaluation and electroencephalography (EEG) as well as coordinating multi-disciplinary care for neurology patients.
She earned her B.A. in international relations from Stanford University, followed by a master's in public health from Tulane University. She later attended Case Western University School of Medicine to earn her M.D., followed by an internship at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California and residency at the UC Irvine Medical Center. She completed an fellowship in epilepsy at the Washington University Barnes Jewish Hospital.

She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the International League Against Epilepsy, and the Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health.

Muñoz speaks both English and Spanish. She is an accomplished dancer who has performed with popular San Francisco Bay Area dance companies and has taught Brazilian dance.  She is currently working on her blog Frisson which centers around artistic expression in everyday life. 

Research Interests

In addition to being a dedicated Neurologist, Muñoz is a public health researcher.  She has participated in population-based research both in the United States and in Latin America.  Her goal is to improve the health status of epileptics in the Riverside and San Bernardino Counties through research and coordinated services.  As an epileptologist, she is especially interested neurocysticercosis, reproductive health for women with epilepsy and surgical interventions for medically refractory epilepsy.

Selected Publications

  • Carrillo, J. Muñoz, C. Modern Management of High Grade Glioma, Alternative Chemotherapeutic Agents: Nitrosureas, Cisplatin, Irinotecan. Neurosurgery Clinics of North America, Feb. 2012: 297-306.
  • Muñoz, C., Chang A.S. A case of Cinderella: erythema dischromicum perstans (ashy dermatosis or dermatosis cenicienta), SkinMed, Jan-Feb 2011; 9 (1): 63-64.
  • Gorell, E., Muñoz, C., Chang, AL. Adoption of western culture by Californian Asian-Americans: attitudes and practices promoting sun exposure. Archives of Dermatology, May 2009; 145 (5): 552-6.
  • Muñoz, C., Chang, AS. Latino Diabetic Skin Ulcer Prevention - No Small Feat: Development of a Spanish and English Survey for Fast Assessment of Lower Extremity Skin Care Practices. Archives of Dermatology. April 2009; 145 (4): 467-9.
  • Janjua, R., Muñoz, CA., Gorell, ES., Egbert, B., Rehmus, W., Kern, D., Chang, AS. A two year, double blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial of oral green tea polyphenols on the long-term clinical and histologic appearance of photoaging skin. Dermatol Surg, July 2009; 35 (7); 1057-65.
  • Gorell, ES., Lee, C., Muñoz, CA., Chang, AS. Adoption of Western Culture by Californian Asian-Americans: Attitudes and Practices Promoting Sun Exposure. Archives of Dermatology, May 2009; 145(5):552-6.
  • Muñoz, C., Koo, J. Update on the use of gabapentin in painful and pruritic syndromes of dermatology. Expert Review of Dermatology, December 2006; Vol. 1, No. 6: 799-804.
  • Peña-Dolhun, E., Muñoz, C., Grumbach, K. Cross-cultural education in U.S. Medical Schools: Development of an Assessment Tool. Academic Medicine, June 2003, Vol. 78, No. 6: 615-622.
  • Grumbach, K., Coffman, J., Muñoz, C., Rosenoff, E., Gándara, P. Sepúlveda, E. Strategies for Improving the Diversity of Health Professions, US Bureau of Health Professions, August 2002.

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