Department of Neurological Sciences Faculty and Staff

Acting Chairperson

Zoe Arvanitakis, MD, MS

Acting Clinical Vice Chairperson

James Conners, MD, MS, FAHA

Section of Cerebrovascular Disease

James Conners, MD, MS, FAHA, section head, associate professor
Laurel Cherian, MD, MS, assistant professor
Rima Dafer, MD, MPH, FAHA, professor
Nicholas Osteraas, MD, MS, assistant professor
Sarah Song, MD, MPH, FAAN, assistant professor
Alejandro Vargas, MD, MS, assistant professor

Section of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology

Michael Smith, MD, section head, professor
Antoaneta Balabanov, MD, assistant professor
Adriana Bermeo-Ovalle, MD, assistant professor
Lawrence Bernstein, MD, assistant professor
Thomas Hoeppner, PhD, associate professor
Maggie McNulty, MD, assistant professor
Rebecca O’Dwyer, MD, assistant professor
Marvin Rossi, MD, PhD, associate professor
Travis Stoub, PhD, associate professor

Section of General Neurology


Laura Goldstein, MD, section head, assistant professor
Andrew Dorsch, MD, assistant professor
Christopher Muth, MD, assistant professor
Ligia Rioja, MD, assistant professor
Milena Stosic, MD, assistant professor
Aimee Szewka, MD, assistant professor

Jessica Wilson, MD, assistant professor
Robert Wright, MD, assistant professor

Section of Movement Disorders

Christopher Goetz, MD, section head, professor
Mita Afshari, MD, MPH, assistant professor
Sharlet Anderson, PhD, assistant professor
Brandon Barton, MD, assistant professor
Bryan Bernard, PhD, assistant professor
Cynthia Comella, MD, professor
Melany Danehy, MD, assistant professor

Jori Fleisher, MD, MSCE, assistant professor
Deborah Hall, MD, PhD, associate professor
Katie Kompoliti, MD, professor
Gian Pal, MD, assistant professor
Glenn Stebbins, PhD, professor
Leonard Verhagen Metman, MD, professor

Section of Multiple Sclerosis

Dusan Stefoski, MD, section head, associate professor
Michael Ko, MD, assistant professor
Fabian Sierra- Morales, MD, assistant professor
Thomas Shoemaker, MD, assistant professor

Section of Neurocritical Care

Sayona John, MD, section head, associate professor
Torrey Boland, MD, assistant professor
Rajeev Garg, MD, MS, assistant professor
Lauren Koffman, DO, MS, assistant professor
George Lopez, MD, associate professor
Sebastian Pollandt, MD, assistant professor

Starane Shepherd, MD, assistant professor

Section of Neuroinfectious Disease

Igor J. Koralnik, MD, the Jean Schweppe Armour Professor of Neurology

Section of Neuromuscular Disease


Madhu Soni, MD, interim section head, associate professor

Rabia Malik, MD, assistant professor
Irwin Siegel, MD, associate professor

Section of Neuro-Oncology

Clement Pillainayagam, MD, section head, assistant professor

Joo Yeon Nam, MD, assistant professor

Section of Neuro-Ophthalmology

Aimee Szewka, MD, assistant professor

Milena Stosic, MD, assistant professor

Section of Pediatric Neurology

Charles Marcucilli, MD, PhD, section head, assistant professor

Peter T. Heydemann, MD, associate professor
Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, MD, professor
Colleen Buhrfiend, MD, assistant professor
Lubov Romantseva, MD, assistant professor

Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center

David Bennett, MD, director, professor
Neelum Aggarwal, MD, associate professor
Zoe Arvanitakis, MD, MS, professor
Julie Schneider, MD, MS, professor

John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County Faculty

Lakshmi Warrior, MD, chief, division of neurology at Stroger Hospital, assistant professor
Elia DiSavino, MD, assistant professor
James Dorman, MD, assistant professor
Reena Ghode, MD, assistant professor
Serge J. C. Pierre-Louis, MD, associate professor