Dr. Blackburn is an assistant professor of neurology, and joined the faculty of UT Southwestern in 2020. He is dedicated to resident fellow and serves as Program Director for the Neuroimmunology Fellowship, and Associate Program Director for the Adult Neurology Residency

Dr. Blackburn sees patients in the Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Clinic in the Aston Ambulatory Care Center. He speciaolizes in the diagnosis and treatment of rare autoimmune neurological disorders, including autoimmune encephalitis, stiff person syndrome, paraneoplastic neurological syndromes, and neurosarcoidosis. His research focuses on developing new treatments and identifying new markers of disease activity in  autoimmune neurological disorders to optimize manage for these rare disorders. 


Medical School
University of Kentucky College of Medicine (2014)
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (2018), Neurology
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2020), Autoimmune Neurology

Research Interest

  • Autoantibodies in Neurological Disorders
  • Autoimmune Encephalitis
  • Clinical Trials in Rare Disorders
  • Neuromyelitis Optica
  • Neurosarcoidosis
  • Paraneoplastic Neurological Syndromes
  • Stiff Person Syndrome


Hero or Antagonist: A Case Series on the Tolerability of Memantine as Salvage Therapy for Catatonia from Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis
Maneta EK, Wang J, Abu-Hamad SJ, Jennings M, Blackburn K, Robinson DM Harvard review of psychiatry 2023 Nov 31 281-286
VH2+ Antigen-Experienced B Cells in the Cerebrospinal Fluid Are Expanded and Enriched in Pediatric Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis
Monson N, Smith C, Greenberg H, Plumb P, Guzman A, Tse K, Chen D, Zhang W, Morgan M, Speed H, Powell C, Batra S, Cowell L, Christley S, Vernino S, Blackburn K, Greenberg B Journal of Immunology 2023 Nov 211 1332-1339
A narrative review of neuro-ophthalmologic disease in African Americans and Hispanics with multiple sclerosis
Tardo L, Salter A, Truong-Le M, Horton L, Blackburn KM, Sguigna PV Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease 2023 Jan 14
Disease associations of excessive daytime sleepiness in multiple sclerosis: A prospective study
Sguigna PV, Toranian S, Tardo LM, Blackburn KM, Horton LA, Conger D, Meltzer E, Hogan RN, McCreary M, Zee PC, Takahashi JS, Greenberg BM Multiple Sclerosis Journal - Experimental, Translational and Clinical 2023 Jan 9
Autoimmune Encephalitis Misdiagnosis in Adults
Flanagan EP, Geschwind MD, Lopez-Chiriboga AS, Blackburn KM, Turaga S, Binks S, Zitser J, Gelfand JM, Day GS, Dunham SR, Rodenbeck SJ, Clardy SL, Solomon AJ, Pittock SJ, McKeon A, Dubey D, Zekeridou A, Toledano M, Turner LE, Vernino S, Irani SR JAMA neurology 2023 Jan 80 30-39
Clinical Reasoning: A 59-Year-Old Man with Thymoma and Constitutional Symptoms, Seizures, and Multifocal CNS Lesions
Stopschinski BE, Fredrich S, Vernino S, Phillips L, Blackburn KM Neurology 2022 Dec 99 1115-1121
Refractory Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis in Early Pregnancy: A Case Report of Treatment Course and Pregnancy Outcomes
Fredrich S, Wang C, Narayan R, Tardo L, Blackburn KM, Vernino S Neurology: Neuroimmunology and NeuroInflammation 2022 Sep 9
Low Recruitment in a Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Ocrelizumab for Autoimmune Encephalitis: A Case Series and Review of Lessons Learned
Blackburn KM, Denney DA, Hopkins SC, Vernino SA Neurology and Therapy 2022 Jun 11 893-903
Paraneoplastic syndromes
Blackburn KM, Vernino S 2022 Jan 109-116
Neuroimaging in paraneoplastic syndromes
M. Blackburn K, Vernino S 2022 Jan 955-962

Honors & Awards

  • James T. Lubin Clinician Scientist Fellowship Award

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Neurology (2014)
  • American Neurological Association (2020)