Rochester, Minnesota


Savica.Rodolfo@mayo.edu Clinical Profile


Rodolfo Savica, M.D., Ph.D., studies the early-life predictors of neurodegeneration and the mechanisms that lead to neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease, dementia and Lewy body dementia.

Dr. Savica's focus is on Parkinson's disease, Lewy body dementia and early-life risk factors. In addition, he is interested in dementias and also in the role of the late-life consequences of head trauma.

Focus areas

  • Parkinson's disease
  • Parkinsonism
  • Dementia
  • Dementia with Lewy bodies
  • Alpha-synucleinopathies
  • Sport neurology

Significance to patient care

Dr. Savica's goal is the immediate application of his research findings into clinical practice to improve the care of people with neurodegeneration.

Professional highlights

  • Chair, Clinical Neuroscience Chapter, Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation, 2015
  • Director, Dementia with Lewy Bodies/Parkinson's Disease Dementia Clinic, The University of Utah, 2013-2015
  • Benassi Award, Best Neuroepidemiology Research, Italian Society of Neuroepidemiology, 2014
  • Jon Stolk Award in Movement Disorders for Young Investigators, American Academy of Neurology, 2013
  • Donald C. Balfour Mayo Clinic Alumni Award for Meritorious Research, Mayo Clinic, 2012


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Department of Neurology

Joint Appointment

  1. Consultant, Division of Epidemiology, Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Neurology


  1. Mayo Clinic Scholar Mayo Scholar at Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ
  2. Ph.D. - Neuropsychopharmacology University of Messina
  3. Clinical Fellowship Deep Brain Stimulation Program, Department of Neurology
  4. Fellow RST Deep Brain Stimulation, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  5. Clinical Fellowship Division of Behavioral Neurology, Department of Neurology
  6. Resident Movement Disorders, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  7. Clinical Fellowship Division of Movement Disorders, Department of Neurology
  8. MSc - Clinical and Translational Science Clinical and Translational Science, Mayo Graduate School, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  9. Research Fellowship Division of Epidemiology, Department of Health Sciences Research and Department of Neurology
  10. Residency - Neurology Scuola di Specializzazione in Neurologia, (School of Speciality in Neurology), University of Messina, Residency in Neurology
  11. Research Fellowship Mario Negri Institute, Laboratory of Neurological Sciences
  12. MD - July 21, 2004; Laurea in Medicina e Chirurgia (Medical Degree) Medical School, University of Messina
  13. Bachelor Giuseppe La Farina Liceo Classico Statale

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