Luka Vlahovic, MD
Luka Vlahovic, MD

Luka Vlahovic, MD

Assistant Professor
School of Medicine, Omaha Campus


  • Neurology / Neuroimmunology

Academic Appointments


  • Neurology


  • Assistant Professor


I graduated from Belgrade School of Medicine in Serbia, where I was accepted to be a scholar of the Serbian Ministry of Education due to being one of the top students in my class.
In July 2012, I became a neurology resident at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, where I had the opportunity to be exposed to a wide array of neurological conditions, from both the inpatient and outpatient side. That has helped me to sharpen my future career goals and to define my central field of interest .
Following completion of my residency training, I completed 1-year neuro-immunology fellowship at Stanford University. During my training at Stanford, I had opportunity to be involved in one clinical trial as a sub-investigator, predominately working as an examiner and EDSS (Expanded Disability Status Scale) rater. I also attended one week long  “Intense Course in clinical research: study design and performance” as well as Clinical Teaching Seminar Series which is a year-long faculty development program in medical education, all at Stanford.
“Intense Course in clinical research” was a great opportunity to get some very basic knowledge about different types of clinical research, process of publishing and basic concepts of descriptive statistics.
In July 2017, I started to work as a neurologist/neuroimmunologist at CHI and assistant professor at Creighton’s University.
I am positive that this Master is a great platform to continue my education, get additional expertise in this very important area that I can further utilize to conduct clinical trials and build MS Center here at CHI/Creighton.

Publications and Presentations


  • New Therapeutic Landscape in Neuromyelitis Optica, Current Treatment Options in Neurology, 2021
  • Targeting Epstein Barr Virus as a therapeutic strategy in multiple sclerosis, Neurology, 0000
  • A mutation in SDHAF1, the succinate dehydrogenase chaperone protein, in a case of spastic paraparesis mimicking multiple sclerosis, Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, 0000


  • “Positive GAD-65 antibodies in patients with autonomic dysfunction” – Luka Vlahovic MD,
    Lucas Kipp MD, Jefrey Dunn MD, Safwan Jaradeh MD - poster presentation at American
    Autonomic Society Meeting in Clearwater Beach, Florida, November 2017, 2017
  • Fulminant West Nile Virus (WNV) Encephalitis in a Double Bilateral Lung Transplant Recipient: Case Report Luka Vlahovic, Rochelle Sweis, Erin Lowery, Ewa Borys and Jose Biller. Maywood, IL, Annals of Neurology, Vol.80(s20), pp.S1-S265, s119-120, 2016
  • Olivia Gutgsell, Luka Vlahovic, MD, Matthew McCoyd, MD - The relationship between
    Multiple Sclerosis and Middle Cerebellar Peduncle lesions – poster presentation, presented
    at CMSC Conference at National Harbor in June 2016, International Journal of MS Care, Vol. 18, No. s1 (2016), pp. 1-112, 2016
  • Acute Stroke Code Accuracy in the Inpatient Versus Emergency Department (ED) Setting  - Michael Schneck, Maria Bruzzone, Luka Vlahovic, Ramon Durazo-Arvizu, Jose Biller, Murray Flaster, Sarkis Morales-Vidal, Sean Ruland, Jessica Ray, Neurology, 86 (16 Supplement) , 003, 2016
  • Right Hemispheric Acute Ischemic Stroke Secondary To Right Common Carotid Artery Free Floating Thrombus Due To Hypercoagulable State In An Otherwise Healthy 48-Year-Old Woman - Karen Orjuela, Rick Gill, Luka Vlahovic, Sarkis Morales-Vidal, Neurology, 82 (10 Supplement) , P6.263;, 2014


  • PA lecture: Meningitis and Encephalitis - Vlahovic, 2021
  • NMO Spectrum disorders: Clinical features and treatment, 2020
  • Spinal cord emergencies - Emergency lecture series for residents, 2020
  • Internal Medicine Grand Round "MS review and update", 2020
  • Lecture for PA students "Meningitis and Encephalitis", 2020
  • Neurology Update for Primary Care -  "MS Updates", 2019
  • Neurology Grand Rounds on "Severe Multiple Sclerosis and MS infusion therapy". , 2019
  • Regional MS Symposium held at UNMC. I presented topic on "Overview of MS infusion therapy"., 2019
  • Neurology Department Grand Rounds - "Vertebro-basilar dolichoectasia" , 2019
  • Neurology Update for Primary Care - I presented "MS Updates", 2018
  • Neurology Department Grand Rounds - I presented 2 very complex cases as part of multidisciplinary case conference, 2018
  • Grand Rounds on Neuroinfections at Creighton University, 2018
  • Positive GAD-65 antibodies in patients with autonomic dysfunction - Luka Vlahovic MD, Lucas Kipp MD, Jerey Dunn MD, Safwan Jaradeh MD- poster presentation at American Autonomic Society Meeting in Clearwater Beach, Florida, 2017
  • Grand Rounds on MS Update at Creighton University, 2017
  • Positive GAD-65 antibodies in patients with autonomic dysfunction - Luka Vlahovic MD, Lucas Kipp MD, Jefrey Dunn MD, Safwan Jaradeh MD – oral presentation at 7th Annual Stanford University School of Medicine Neuroscience Research Forum, 2017
  • Fulminant West Nile Encephalitis in Patient with Double Lung Transplant” - Luka Vlahovic MD, Rochelle Sweis DO, Eryn Lowery MD, Ewa Borys MD, Jose Biller MD - poster presentation, presented at annual ANA meeting in Baltimore, 2016
  • Stroke code database - Maria Bruzzone MD, Luka Vlahovic MD, Saulena Shafer DO, Federico Rodriguez-Porcel MD, oral presentation at Brumlick (quality assurance) symposium at Loyola University Medical Center, 2016
  • Luka Vlahovic MD, Matthew McCoyd MD, poster presentation, presented at CMSC Conference at National Harbor, 2016
  • Predictability of stroke symptoms in acute stroke - Maria Jose Bruzzone MD, Luka Vlahovic MD, Ramon Durazo MD, Sean Ruland MD, poster presentation at International Stroke Conference, Los Angeles, CA, 2016
  • Karen Orjuela MD, Rick Gill MD, Luka Vlahovic MD, Sarkis Morales MD - Right hemispheric acute ischemic stroke secondary to right common carotid artery free floating thrombus due to hypercoagulable state in an otherwise healthy 48 year old woman - Poster Presentation at AAN meeting in Philadelphia, 2014
  • The enigma of extensive bilateral WM disease – a review of leukoencephalopathies in adults - Neurology Grand Rounds, 2014
  • Vertebro-basilar dolichoectasias”, Neurology vascular conference, January 2014 Review of Von Hippel Lindau disease: a case presentation and discussion - Neurology Grand Rounds, Q&A conference, 2013
  • Diagnostic approach to dizziness - Internal Medicine, CQC conference, 2012
  • NMSS Impact Series, Research Updates in MS 2017, Des Moines, IA

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Translational research connecting MS clinical practice and immunology laboratories to identify biomarkers of disease and treatment response, as well as participating in clinical trials".

Current Research Projects

  • Prevalence and risk factors for cognitive impairment in NMO based on the analysis from CIRCLES study (COLLABORATIVE INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH IN CLINICAL AND LONGITUDINAL EXPERIENCE FOR NMO).