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Name & Title Clinical Subspecialty Research
Alvarez, Enrique, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor and Director, Outpatient Services
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and related conditions Immunotherapies and biomarkers in MS and related diseases
Anderson, Alan, MD
Professor of Neurology; Vice Chair of Education; Director, Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry Fellowship
Emergency neurology, behavioral neurology and stroke Neuropsychiatric syndromes and stroke prevention
Baca, Christine M., MD, MSHS
Associate Professor
Epilepsy Access to care, health disparities, quality of care and heath outcomes for persons with epilepsy
Baird, Nicholas L., PhD
Assistant Research Professor
  Molecular interactions between varicella zoster virus and human neurons
Barr, Jessica, PA-C
Senior Instructor
Movement disorders
Bashore, Taylor, NP
Epilepsy Improvement of quality of life and treatment pre- and post- surgery for epilepsy patients
Bennett, Jeffrey L., MD, PhD
Gertrude Gilden Professor of Neurology
Neuro Ophthalmology Antigen identification in optic neuritis and ocular inflammatory disorders
Berk, Julie J., MS, PA-C
Senior Instructor
Neuro-Palliative care Improving quality of life for those suffering with chronic neurologic disease and their families
Berman, Brian D., MD, MS
Associate Professor
Movement disorders Etiology and pathophysiology of movement disorders including Parkinson disease and dystonia
Bernard, Martine, MD
Clinical electrophysiology (EEG, EMG): Epilepsy and neuromuscular diseases
Birlea, Marius, MD
Assistant Professor and Director, Headache Fellowship
Headache Medicine Alphaherpesviruses and headache, migraine and inflammation, headache epidemiology
Bosque, Patrick J., MD
Associate Professor and Chief of Neurology, Denver Health Medical Center
Movement disorders Prion diseases of humans and animals, and neurodegenerative diseases
Brown, Mesha-Gay, MD
Assistant Professor
Epilepsy Improving the localization of epileptic networks for surgery and devices as a treatment of epilepsy. Health quality and effectiveness research.
Buard, Isabelle, PhD
Research Instructor
Movement Disorders and Motor Impairments Cortical biomarkers of motor impairments, Magnetoencephalography (MEG), Neurologic Music Therapy for motor rehabilitation
Burke, Haley, A., MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Headache Medicine, craniofacial pain, interventional pain management Ketamine use for neuropathic pain states and opioid induced hyperalgesia
Cardinal, Dayna, NP
Quality improvement and safety in patient outcomes
Clarke, Penny, PhD
Research Professor
  Investigation of mechanism of reovirus-induced apoptosis
Cohrs, Randall J., PhD
Research Professor
  Analysis of varicella zoster virus latency
Corboy, John R., MD
Professor and Vice Chair; Director, Neuroimmunlogy/MS Fellowship
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Immunotherapies and biomarkers in MS, identification of individuals at high risk of MS, and defining risk of therapy discontinuation
Cornell, Shannon, NP
Senior Instructor
Multiple Sclerosis Symptom management with combined medical and wholistic approach
Coutts, Dana M., PA-C
Senior Instructor
Damek, Denise M., MD
Associate Professor and Director, Neuro-Oncology Fellowship
Neuro Oncology Experimental drug therapy of central nervous system tumors
Darrow, Kelly, NP
Behavioral neurology
DeStefano, Samuel, MD
Assistant Professor
Dixon, Stacy E., MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Neuromuscular disease, NCS/EMG Treating young adults with spinal muscular atrophy
Drees, Cornelia N., MD
Associate Professor
Adult Epilepsy
Intraoperative Monitoring
Surgical treatment of epilepsy, including hemispherectomy, in adults. Practice improvement in epilepsy, improving treatment of status epilepticus. Anticonvulsant effects of SSRIs.
Epstein, Christen H., NP
Senior Instructor
Movement Disorders
Filley, Christopher M., MD
Professor of Neurology and Senior Scientific Advisor, Marcus Institute for Brain Health
Behavioral neurology including Alzheimer's disease (AD) and traumatic brain injury Neurobehavioral aspects of white matter disorders
Frey, Lauren C., MD
Associate Professor
Epilepsy Dr. Frey’s research interests include how mind-body and lifestyle interventions can affect seizure control and quality of life in people whose seizures are not completely controlled by seizure medications.
Fridman, Vera, MD
Assistant Professor
Neuromuscular diseases Therapies for hereditary nerve disorders (Charcot Marie Tooth Disease)
Gilden, Donald H., MD
Neuroinfections Varicella zoster virus latency and pathogenesis
Gross, Robert H., MD
Assistant Professor
Multiple sclerosis and related disorders Immunotherapies and biomarkers in MS
Hadipour-Niktarash, Arash, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Epilepsy Video-EEG monitoring, ICU-EEG, electrocorticography, functional cortical mapping and evoke potentials
Hawkins, Trevor H., MD
Assistant Professor
Movement Disorders
Hennessy, Carol, MSN
Senior Instructor
Behavorial Neurology
Stroke treatment, Parkinson's disease, and integrative approaches to chronic illness
Holden, Samantha K., MD
Assistant Professor
Behavioral Neurology and Movement Disorders Cognitive and behavioral symptoms of parkinsonian conditions, non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, improving quality of life in dementia
Hughes, Richard L., MD
Stroke and critical care Cerebrovascular Disease, Aneurysms, Fibromuscular Dysplasia and other Vasculopathies, Stroke Center and Stroke System development, Consultative Neurology
Johnson, Paul D., MD
Assistant Professor
Vascular Neurology Cerebrovascular disease, clinical education
Jones, William J., MD
Associate Professor and Director of Inpatient Services, Neurohospitalist Program, and Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit
Kelly, James P., MD
Professor and Executive Director, Marcus Institute for Brain Health
Behavioral neurology, traumatic brain injury and concussion TBI in military personnel and sports-related concussion
Kern, Drew, MD, MS
Assistant Professor and Associate Director, Outpatient Services
Movement disorders Biomarkers in parkinsonism, deep brain stimulation, clinical trials in movement disorders
Klepitskaya, Olga S., MD
Associate Professor
Movement disorders Surgical treatment of movement disorders, Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery, DBS outcomes
Kluger, Benzi M., MD, MS
Neuro-Palliative care, movement disorders, behavioral neurology and botulinum toxin injections Nonmotor symptoms of movement disorders (fatigue and cognitive dysfunction), palliative care for neurologic illnesses, magnetoencephalography, noninvasive brain stimulation (transcranial magnetic stimulation and direct current stimulation), complementary and alternative medicine
Korb, Pearce J., MD
Associate Professor and Director, Medical Student Clerkship; Director, Epilepsy Fellowship
Epilepsy, Neurohospitalist Medicine Clinical epilepsy, EEG in critical care, advanced imaging techniques for refractory epilepsy, education and curriculum design
Kowalski, Robert G., MD, MS
Acute treatment and outcomes of patients with severe brain juries, including status epilepticus, intracranial hemorrhage, acute ischemic stroke, traumatic brain injury, and coma
Leehey, Maureen A., MD
Movement disorders and Botox therapy FMR1 related neurodegeneration and clinical trials in movement disorders
Leppert, Michelle Hu, MD, MBA
Assistant Professor
Maa, Edward H., MD
Associate Professor
Adult epilepsy and epilepsy surgery Dr. Maa's research interests include High Altitude Seizures and other neurological conditions, Complementary and Alternative Medicines for the treatment of epilepsy and non-epileptic seizures, and Diuretics for the treatment of epilepsy
Mahalingam, Ravi, PhD
Research Professor
  Immunobiology of varicella virus infections in the nervous system
Mathew, Rajee, NP
Epilepsy Improving care through treatments for epilepsy patients and patients with non-epileptic seizures
McConnell, Brice V., MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Behavioral Neurology Sleep and neurodegenerative disease, and non-invasive brain stimulation
McDermott, Danielle, MD, MS
Assistant Professor
Epilepsy Surgical treatment of epilepsy, including Neuromodulation. Utilization of electronic medical records linked with patient registries to facilitate prospective analysis of treatment paradigms.
McMenamin, Constance, FNP-C
Multiple Sclerosis Clinical trials to advance Disease Modifying Therapy (DMT) in patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
McMoon, Patrice, PA-C
Behavioral neurology, cognitive disorders secondary to neurologic disease, TBI Longitudinal memory and dementia studies, Leukine and aducanumab clinical trials, gain of function in TBI, use of language acquisition to preserve brain function in dementia
Miller, Jessica A., DNP, FNP-BC
Neuromuscular Diseases Quality improvement of care for patients with progressive neuromuscular disorders, including ALS and Muscular Dystrophy
Morrissey, Kelli, MPAS, PA-C
Epilepsy Improving access to care and quality of life for epilepsy patients and patients with non-epileptic seizures
Nagel, Maria A., MD
Associate Professor
Consultative neurology, postherpetic neuralgia, and CNS infectious diseases Varicella zoster virus latency and reactivation
Ney, Douglas E., MD
Associate Professor and Director, Residency Training Program
Neuro Oncology Novel treatments for central nervous system tumors, primary central nervous system lymphoma, neurologic complications of cancer and histiocytic disorders. Quality of life and patient reported outcomes for patients with brain tumors.
O’Banion, Darcy, NP
Stroke Neurohospitalist Outcomes following stroke; quality improvement
O’Brien, Chantal M., MD
Associate Professor
Epilepsy Interested in Epilepsy Surgery Quality Improvement projects and participation in clinical trials of novel anti-epileptics
O'Reilly, Debra, MS, PA-C
Senior Instructor
Neuromuscular Diseases Clinical trials for the treatment of ALS and Myasthenia Gravis
Orjuela, Karen D., MD
Assistant Professor
Cryptogenic stroke, secondary stroke prevention, inherited cerebrovascular disorders, stroke in children and young adults. Stroke disparities and stroke systems of care.
Owens, Gregory P., PhD
Research Professor
  Role of the B cell response in multiple sclerosis (MS)
Pastula, Daniel M., MD, MHS
Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Medical Student Education; Director, Neuro Infectious Diseases Fellowship
Neurohospitalist Medicine Neuroepidemiology, public health, neuro-infectious diseases, vector-borne and arboviral diseases, neurotoxicology
Paucek, Petr, PhD
Adjoint Instructor
Molecular interactions between varicella zoster virus and human neurons
Pelak, Victoria S., MD
Professor of Neurology; Director, Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship
Neuro-Ophthalmology Effects of aging and dementia on visual processing
Percowycz, Alison, NP
Headache and Pain Medicine
Piquet, Amanda L., MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Autoimmune Neurology and Neuroimmunology Improvement of diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune neurological diseases and multiple sclerosis
Poisson, Sharon N., MD
Associate Professor and Co-Director, Stroke Services; Director, Vascular Neurology Fellowship
Etiology, prevention and treatment of stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA), stroke in young adults
Potter, Huntington, PhD
Kurt N. and Edith von Kaulla Memorial Professor of Neurology; Vice Chair of Basic Research; Director, Rocky Mountain Alzheimer’s Disease Center
Dr. Potter discovered and is devoted to studying (1) the development of trisomy 21 and other aneuploidy and Alzheimer’s Disease and (2) the role of apolipoprotein E in Alzheimer’s disease
Pratt, Robert W., MD
Assistant Professor
Neuromuscular disorders, acute stroke therapies Investigation of stroke therapy to decrease time to treatment
Pressman, Peter S., MD
Assistant Professor
Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology Communication and emotion in neurodegenerative diseases, particularly the frontotemporal dementias
Quan, Dianna, MD
Professor and Director, Neuromuscular Fellowship
Neuromuscular diseases, NCV/EMG Clinical trials for the treatment of familial amyloid polyneuropathy, ALS, myasthenia gravis, and neuromuscular dysfunction in critical illness
Reynek, Jeff, NP
Senior Instructor
Headache Medicine Effects of headaches on daily life, diagnosis and management of head pain conditions
Ringel, Steven P., MD
Professor Emeritus
Neuromuscular diseases
Scharein, Jessica, DNP, NP-C
Headache Medicine Treatment of acute primary headaches in the emergency department, medication overuse headaches
Schreiner, Teri L., MD, MPH
Associate Professor and Associate Director, Residency Training Program
Neuroimmunology Pediatric demyelinating diseases
Seeberger, Lauren C., MD
Associate Professor and Director, Movement Disorders Center and Movement Disorders Fellowship
Movement Disorders Clinical research of new therapies and treatments in movement disorders
Shrestha, Archana A., MD
Associate Professor
Epilepsy Women’s issues in epilepsy including contraception and pregnancy. Magnetoencephalography (MEG) scans in patients with epilepsy. Refractory epilepsy and epilepsy surgery. Research interests also includes EEG monitoring in the ICU and international studies in epilepsy.
Sillau, Stefan H., PhD
Biostatistics, study design, and data analysis
Simpson, Jennifer R., MD
Associate Professor and Director, Quality Improvement
Stroke and Quality Improvement
Sladek, John R., Jr, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Neurology, Pediatrics and Neuroscience
  Fetal and human stem cell repair of the brain for Parkinson disease and related neurodegenerative disorders
Spitz, Mark C., MD
Reuler-Lewin Family Professor
Epilepsy and seizure disorders Clinical trials for treatment of seizure disorders
Strom, Laura A., MD
Associate Professor
Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology Autonomic dysfunction and apena in patients with refractory epilepsy
Tice, Whitney L., FNP
Headache and Pain Medicine Psychosis in Parkinson's Disease, caregiver support in chronic disease progression, the role of CBD in pain management, long term effects of ICU delirium on cognition and depression
Tsai, Jean C., MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Sleep disorders Neurobiology of sleep disorders
Tyler, Kenneth L., MD
Louise Baum Endowed Professor and Chair
Infectious diseases of CNS Neurovirology. Mechanisms of virus-induced injury to the CNS. Diagnosis and treatment of CNS viral infections caused by West Nile, herpesviruses, and PML.
Vaughan, Christina L., MD, MHS
Assistant Professor
Movement disorders, hospice/palliative medicine, neuro-palliative care Optimization of multi-disciplinary care models for those with advanced and end-stage neurologic disease
Vela-Duarte, Daniel, MD
Assistant Professor
Vascular (Stroke) neurology The impact of the MSTU in the prevention and treatment of hematoma expansion in patients with intracerebral hemorrhage. Neuroimaging markers and endovascular treatment of stroke. Carotid dissection, and stroke of the young adult.
Vollmer, Timothy L., MD
Professor and Vice Chair, Clinical Research
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Immunotherapies in MS and investigator initiated clinical trials focusing on the optimization of current therapies and combinations of therapies using quantitative MRI as a key outcome assessment. We are also interested in research on the MOA of current and future MS therapies and on reprogramming regulatory B lymphocytes into regulatory cell types targeting CNS antigens as a therapeutic approach to MS and related disorders. These projects are conducted in collaboration with certain basic science laboratories at UCD.
Walczyk, Allison, DNP, AGNP-BC
Etiology and treatment of autoimmune neurologic diseases and post-graduate training of Advanced Practice Providers in Neurology
Wall, Anastacia L., PA-C
Senior Instructor
Multiple Sclerosis Immunotherapies for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients and quality of life in patients with demyelinating diseases
West, Matthew S., MD
Assistant Professor
Neurohospitalist Medicine
Multiple Sclerosis/ Neuroimmunology
Medical Education, Inpatient Neurology Stroke Treatment and Quality Improvement, Multiple Sclerosis Therapies
Wicklund, Matthew P., MD
Professor and Director, Clinical Neuromuscular Pathology Fellowship
Neuromuscular medicine, NCS/EMG Neuromuscular medicine with specific interests in genetic and acquired muscle diseases
Wilson, Stacey A., PA-C, MMS
Epilepsy Improvement of treatment for those with non-epileptic seizures
Woodcock, Jonathan H., MD
Associate Professor
Clinical Director, Memory and Dementia Clinic
Clinical Director, Alzheimer's Disease Research
Behavioral neurology including Alzheimer's disease (AD) and neuropsychiatry Behavioral aspects of degenerative/dementia conditions.
Progression of cognitive and functional deficits in adults with Down syndrome.
Yum, Alma, MD
Assistant Professor
Epilepsy Epilepsy