Clinical Research Faculty

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Rafeed Alkawadri, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Director, Brain Mapping Program

Research Interests

Brain; Brain Mapping; Brain-Computer Interfaces; Computational Biology; Deep Brain Stimulation; Electroencephalography; Electrophysiology; Epilepsy; Evoked Potentials; Gyrus Cinguli; Magnetoencephalography; Neurobiology; Neurophysiology; Neurosciences; Organizational Innovation

Rafeed Alkawadri M.D. is an attending epileptologist and neurophysiologist in the Department of Neurology at Yale School of Medicine. He was appointed in 2012 after completion of 2-year fellowship training in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology in the Epilepsy Center at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, where he served as the chief fellow. Prior to his fellowship training, Dr. Alkawadri completed 4-year neurology residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in...

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Hamada Hamid Altalib, DO, MPH

Assistant Professor of Neurology and of Psychiatry

Clinical Interests

Adult

Dr. Altalib is the Co-Director of the Veteran Administration (VA) Epilepsy Center of Excellence in West Haven, CT. He helped established a Neurobehavioral clinic, where he provides clinical care for veterans who suffer from emotional distress and/or behavioral problems associated with neurological conditions. His research explores psychiatric co-morbidity of neurologic disease. He is currently the primary investigator of a studies examining the neurologic substrates of depression in people with...

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Christopher Benjamin, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Research Interests

Epilepsy; Language; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Memory; Neurology; Neurosurgery; Vision, Ocular

Dr. Benjamin is a clinical neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychology. He completed his PhD training in neuropsychology at the University of Melbourne, Australia; research fellowship training at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School Boston; and his clinical fellowship at the Semel Institute, University of California Los Angeles where he was the epilepsy fellow and Chief Fellow in neuropsychology. As a clinician he is a...

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Hal Blumenfeld, MD, PhD

Mark Loughridge and Michele Williams Professor of Neurology and Professor of Neuroscience and of Neurosurgery

Director, Yale Clinical Neuroscience Imaging Center (CNIC)

Research Interests

Behavioral Research; Electrophysiology; Epilepsy; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Neurobiology; Neuroimaging; Neurology; Neurosurgery

Clinical Interests

Seizures

Dr. Blumenfeld's clinical and research work focuses on epilepsy, cognition and brain imaging. He directs Yale's Clinical Neuroscience Imaging Center (CNIC), a new multi-disciplinary core facility for innovative study and treatment of brain disorders. Teaching activities include a textbook titled Neuroanatomy Through Clinical Cases, Sinauer Assoc., Publ. 2002, 2010.

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Richard Arden Bronen, MD

Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging

Director for Faculty Affairs

Research Interests

Epilepsy; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Neoplasms by Site; Neurosurgery; Radiology; Seizures; Stroke; Vascular Malformations

Clinical Interests

Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Nervous System Diseases; Tomography Scanners, X-Ray Computed

I interpret X-ray, CT, MR, and vascular imaging studies of the brain, face, neck, and spine. I perform back, spine, and neck percutaneous procedures for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. I serve as the imaging specialist for the Yale Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and Yale Pituitary Service, as part of these multidisciplinary groups.

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Franklin C. Brown, PhD, ABPP

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Chief, Division of Neuropsychology

Research Interests

Epilepsy; Memory; Multiple Sclerosis; Neurology

Clinical Interests

Neurology

Dr. Brown has a varied and extensive background within clinical neuropsychology. This includes both pediatric and adult neuropsychology experience during his internship and fellowship. His clinical experience has included: lifespan  services through Easter Seals; Learning Disorder, ADHD, and Career focused assessments for young adults at Landmark College and for other universities; and private practice with evaluations covering the lifespan and various concerns. In addition to his position at...

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Todd Constable, PhD

Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and of Neurosurgery

Director MRI Research

Research Interests

Anatomy; Diagnostic Imaging; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Neuroimaging; Neurosurgery; Radiology

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Kamil Detyniecki, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

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Robert Duckrow, MD

Chief, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

Research Interests

Electroencephalography; Epilepsy, Complex Partial; Epilepsy, Generalized

Clinical Interests

Seizures

Robert Duckrow received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Brown University and his M.D. from the Yale University School of Medicine, followed by a Neurology residency at Yale and a research fellowship in cerebral blood flow and metabolism at the University of Miami, Florida, School of Medicine. At the Pennsylvania State University he studied cerebrovascular mechanisms during ischemia and later the care and study of patients with epilepsy. He was a founding member of the Comprehensive Epilepsy...

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Pue Farooque, DO

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Research Interests

Epilepsy; Transition to Adult Care

Clinical Interests

Adolescent; Epilepsy; Transition to Adult Care

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Jason Lee Gerrard, MD, PhD, FAANS

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and of Neuroscience

Chief, Functional Neurosurgery

Chief, Trauma Neurosurgery, YNHH

Research Interests

Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment; Anatomy; Diseases; Information Science

Dr. Jason Gerrard is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery specializing in Epilepsy Surgery as well as Functional Neurosurgery. He is the Chief of the Functional and Stereotactic and Neurotrauma Sections of the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery. He is a member of the Yale Comprehensive Epilepsy Program as part of the Epilepsy Surgery team. He is fellowship trained in both Functional Neurosurgery and Epilepsy Surgery. Dr. Gerrard's area of clinical interest include the...

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Emily J. Gilmore, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Staff Neurointensivist, Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit

Research Interests

Brain Injuries; Cerebral Hemorrhage; Cerebrovascular Disorders; Critical Care; Delirium; Education; Electroencephalography; Neurosciences; Status Epilepticus; Stroke; Subarachnoid Hemorrhage; Treatment Outcome

Clinical Interests

Adult

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Aline Herlopian, MD

Assistant Professor

Clinical Interests

Epilepsy; Seizures

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Lawrence J. Hirsch, MD

Professor of Neurology

Chief, Division of Epilepsy and EEG

Co-Director, Yale Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

Co-Director, Critical Care EEG Monitoring Program

Research Interests

Epilepsia Partialis Continua; Epilepsies, Myoclonic; Epilepsies, Partial; Epilepsy; Epilepsy, Complex Partial; Epilepsy, Frontal Lobe; Epilepsy, Generalized; Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe; Epilepsy, Tonic-Clonic; Seizures

Clinical Interests

Electroencephalography; Seizures


Dr. Hirsch completed medical school and internship at Yale University, neurology residency at Columbia University, and a two-year fellowship in Epilepsy and EEG at Columbia.  He remained at Columbia on the faculty from 1997-2011, where he created and directed the Continuous EEG Monitoring Program at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center for 10 years, and became Professor of Clinical Neurology at Columbia University in 2010.  He moved to Yale University in 2011 as...

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Susan Levy, MD

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology

Clinical Interests

Epilepsy

Clinical pediatric neurology with a special expertise in clinical neurophysiology and pediatric epilepsy

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Richard Henry Mattson, MD

Professor Emeritus of Neurology

Adjunct Professor of Nursing, Yale Nursing School

Clinical Interests

Seizures

I am a graduate of Yale College, Boston University Medical school and Mayo Clinic Neurology Residency.

I also served in the USAF for 10 years. I now work at Yale Medical School and Yale New Haven Hospital doing Neurology care with emphasis on Epilepsy in adults and children. I have spent much time in teaching and research. I have been honored to be elected President of the American Epilepsy and received many Awards and Prizes related to my work.

I still enjoy seeing and caring for patients.

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Jeremy J. Moeller, MD, MSc, FRCP(C)

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Neurology Residency Program Director

Dr. Moeller trained at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, Canada for both medical school and neurology residency. He did fellowship training in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at Columbia University in New York. He has clinical interests in epilepsy, EEG and general neurology. He has a strong interest in medical education, in particular neurology education.

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Xenophon Papademetris, PhD

Professor

Research Interests

Biomedical Engineering; Brain; Imaging, Three-Dimensional; Radiology

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Ognen A. C. Petroff, MD, FAAN, FANA, FACNS

Associate Professor of Neurology

Research Interests

Brain; Cerebellum; Epilepsy; Glutamates; Health Care; Metabolism; Neurochemistry; Neurology; Physiology; Seizures

Clinical Interests

Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment; Electroencephalography; Evoked Potentials; Seizures

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Adithya Sivaraju, MD, MHA

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Department of Neurology

Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

Research Interests

Coma; Electroencephalography; Epilepsy; Neurology; Seizures

Clinical Interests

Epilepsy; Neurology

Dr. Sivaraju completed his medical school from Andhra medical college, India. He was resident and chief resident of neurology at the Rutgers University, New Jersey Medical School. He then completed a two-year fellowship in epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology at Yale university, and stayed back on faculty as an assistant professor in the department of neurology. His research interests and publications are on topics including epilepsy surgery, intracranial EEG monitoring, and outcome prediction...

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Dennis Dee Spencer, MD

Harvey and Kate Cushing Professor of Neurosurgery

Chief, Epilepsy Surgery

Director, Epilepsy Fellowship

Director, Pituitary Surgery

Research Interests

Electrophysiology; Epilepsy; Immunohistochemistry; Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy; Microdialysis; Microscopy, Confocal; Microscopy, Electron; Molecular Biology; Neurobiology; Neurosurgery; Pituitary Neoplasms

Clinical Interests

Brain Neoplasms; Seizures

Dr. Spencer is the Harvey and Kate Cushing Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Yale University School of Medicine. He is a graduate of Washington University School of Medicine and completed his neurosurgical residency at Yale in 1977. He joined the Yale neurosurgery faculty following his residency, and became Chief of neurosurgery in 1987. He has an international reputation in the surgical treatment of neurological diseases causing epilepsy and developed a widely used...

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Francine Testa, MD

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology

Clinical Interests

Electroencephalography; Neurology; Seizures

Clinical Pediatric Neurology with special expertise in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy

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Benjamin Tolchin, MD, MS

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Bioethics; Biostatistics; Conversion Disorder; Epilepsy; Motivational Interviewing; Quality of Health Care; Quality of Life; Regression Analysis; Telemedicine

Clinical Interests

Conversion Disorder; Epilepsy

Dr. Tolchin is a neurologist and epileptologist with clinical and research interests in psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) and other functional neurological disorders. He is committed to raising awareness of these common and highly disabling conditions, and to improving access to treatment for patients. His research focuses on improving treatment adherence and outcomes for patients with PNES and with epilepsy. Other interests include bioethics, medical education, biostatistics,...

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Hitten P. Zaveri, PhD

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Engineering; Epilepsy; Mathematics

Dr. Zaveri has received academic training in electrical engineering (B.S.E, M.S.E), computer engineering (B.S.E) and biomedical engineering (M.S., Ph.D.) from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and epilepsy and neurology (post-doctoral studies) from Yale University. He is the director of the Computational Neurophysiology Laboratory at Yale University. His research interests lie at the intersection of neuroscience, engineering and mathematics.

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