M. Lorraine Purino, M.D. is a compassionate Neurologist who is highly trained, has extensive experience and devotes time to give back to her community.
Dr. Purino was educated at prestigious institutions. She worked her way through college caring for mentally challenged children and adults. She received her bachelors degree in Biology, Psychology and Pre-Med at Boston College, her Doctorate of Medicine degree at Wayne State University in Michigan, and completed her Internal Medicine internship and Neurology residency at Veterans Administration-Wadsworth, an affiliate of UCLA. Dr. Purino completed a Fellowship in Neuromuscular Diseases at UCLA where she participated in a research study for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). She attended the J. Kiffin Penry Mini-Fellowship in Epilepsy at Wake Forest University. Dr. Purino is triple board-certified and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Neurology with special qualifications in Neuromuscular diseases. She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
Dr. Purino is a sub-specialist in Neuromuscular diseases, which involves the nerves and muscles. As a partner physician at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Woodland Hills, she was the Neuromuscular specialist for all Southern California Kaiser Permanente patients with conditions such as Myasthenia Gravis, Guillain Barre Syndrome, ALS, and Neuropathy. She also operated a specialized Botox clinic to treat diseases such as Torticollis, Dystonia, or intractable spasms due to Stroke or Multiple Sclerosis.
Dr. Purino has been recognized for her clinical acumen, receiving both the “Outstanding Physician Award” and the “Annual Merit Award” at Kaiser Permanente. In 2000, Dr. Purino joined a private five-neurologist practice, the largest in the western U.S. solely devoted to consultations and testing for disorders of the nerves and muscles. By the time the Chief Neurologist retired and closed the practice in 2013, Dr. Purino had performed more than 10,000 consultations and electrical nerve and muscle studies (EMGs).
Dr. Purino has extensive experience as a caring Neurologist for 20 years serving the Los Angeles area in academic settings, private practices and in HMO communities. Dr. Purino has served as an attending Neurologist at West Hills Hospital, Northridge Hospital, Sherman Oaks Hospital, Encino Hospital and Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank, and Kaiser Permanente Hospitals in Woodland Hills and Baldwin Park. She has broad experience and has evaluated all Neurology conditions such as Headache, Chronic Pain, Parkinson’s disease, and Multiple Sclerosis. Always sensitive to patient care, she has given numerous lectures to physicians and neurology support organizations including being a speaker at the Kaiser Permanente Neurology Symposium. As an attending physician to UCLA and VA Neurology residents as well as Kaiser Permanente family practice residents, she has instructed medical students, fellows and residents. She has worked at the Let There Be Hope Foundation where she was the Neurologist devoted to helping victims of AIDs. She served on the professional panel at the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation annual meeting and she was a member of the Clinical Advisory Committee of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Dr. Purino has served on the Board of Directors and as President, Treasurer, and Secretary of the Los Angeles Neurological Society since 2002. In addition she is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine and California Neurological Association. For three years, she served as chairperson of the Women Physicians Organization at Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills.
Dr. Purino always finds time to dedicate to her local community. She serves on the Board of the National Charity League Juniors of San Marino, which has raised almost two million dollars ($2,000,000) for the Huntington Memorial Hospital NICU and PICU. She is also an active member of the National Charity League of San Marino, which is a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experience. She is a graduate of the Pasadena Neighborhood Leadership Institute, which is a training program designed to empower emerging, locally based leaders. Active in her daughters’ school, she served on the Parent Board and participates in numerous committees.
Dr. Purino is regarded as a personable physician largely due to her personal background. She is of Filipino descent and grew-up in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Purino was raised in a family of physicians. Her father was an Internist and her mother is a closed head injury specialist. She is grateful for her parents’ inspiration and dedication to health and compassionate patient care. Dr. Purino and her husband, who is also a physician (Chief of Pathology at Kaiser Permanente-Baldwin Park), live in Pasadena, California, and have two teenage daughters. When Dr. Purino is not practicing medicine, doing charity work or spending time with her family, she balances her schedule by participating in Pilates, yoga and swimming.
- Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology- Neurology
- Diplomate of the American Board of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine
- Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology- Neuromuscular Diseases
Neurology Positions in hospitals
- Sherman Oaks Hospital
- Encino Hospital Medical Center
- Kaiser Permanente- Baldwin Park
- Kaiser Permanente- Woodland Hills
- Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center
- West Hills Hospital and Medical Center
- Northridge Hospital
- Motion Picture and Television Hospital
- Granada Hills Community Hospital
- Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
- VA West Los Angeles Medical Center
- VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center
Professional Society Memberships
- American Academy of Neurology
- American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine
- California Neurological Association
- Los Angeles Neurological Society
Philanthropic and Volunteer Positions
- National Charity League of San Marino
- National Charity League, Junior, of San Marino
- Relay for Life
- Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA
- Pasadena Senior Center
- Huntington Hospital
- Los Angeles County- USC Hospital
- Girl Scouts