Department of Neurological Sciences Faculty and Staff

Chairperson

James Conners, MD, MS, Associate Professor

Vice Chairpersons

Adriana Bermeo-Ovalle, MD, Associate Professor, Acting Vice Chair of Faculty Affairs

Rima Dafer, MD, MPH, Professor, Interim Vice Chair of Education

Deborah Hall, MD, PhD, Professor, Interim Vice Chair of Research

Michael Smith, MD, Professor, Interim Clinical Vice Chair

Section of Cerebrovascular Disease

James Conners, MD, MS, Section Head, Associate Professor
Laurel Cherian, MD, MS, Associate Professor
Racheal Coleman, NP
Rima Dafer, MD, MPH, Professor
Deborah Lynch, CNS
Nicholas Osteraas, MD, MS, Assistant Professor
Carrie Picchietti, NP
Sarah Song, MD, MPH, FAHA, FAAN Associate Professor
Alejandro Vargas, MD, MS, Assistant Professor

Section of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology

Michael Smith, MD, Section Head, Professor
Antoaneta Balabanov, MD, Associate Professor
Adriana Bermeo-Ovalle, MD, Associate Professor
Lawrence Bernstein, MD, Assistant Professor
Amar Bhatt, MD, Assistant Professor
Thomas Hoeppner, PhD, Associate Professor
Maggie McNulty, MD, Assistant Professor
Rebecca O’Dwyer, MD, Assistant Professor
Victor Patron Romero, MD, MSCR, Assistant Professor
Travis Stoub, PhD, Associate Professor
Deborah Zielinski, NP

Section of General Neurology

Andrew Dorsch, MD, Acting Section Head, Assistant Professor
Saju Abraham, MD, Assistant Professor
Amar Bhatt, MD, Assistant Professor
Mohammad Daaif, MD, Assistant Professor
Iulia Dorneanu, DO, Assistant Professor
Gregory Fenton, MD, Assistant Professor
Jeffrey Kramer, MD, Assistant Professor
Malathi Rao, MD, Assistant Professor
Ligia Rioja, MD, Assistant Professor
Simran Singh, DO, Assistant Professor
Milena Stosic, MD, Assistant Professor
Aimee Szewka, MD, Assistant Professor
Jessica Wilson, MD, Assistant Professor
Robert Wright, MD, Assistant Professor
Tresa Zacharias, MD, Assistant Professor

Section of Movement Disorders

Deborah Hall, MD, PhD, Section Head, Professor
Mitra Afshari, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor
Sharlet Anderson, PhD, Assistant Professor
Brandon Barton, MD, Associate Professor
Bryan Bernard, PhD, Assistant Professor
Christa Cooper, PA-C
Jori Fleisher, MD, MSCE, Associate Professor
Chandler Gill, MD, Assistant Professor
Christopher Goetz, MD, Professor
Jessica Karl, PhD, PA-C, Assistant Professor
Alana Kirby, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor
Katie Kompoliti, MD, Professor
Abhimanyu Mahajan, MD, MHS, Assistant Professor
Neepa Patel, MD, Associate Professor
Victor Patron Romero, MD, MSCR, Assistant Professor
Glenn Stebbins, PhD, Professor
Leonard Verhagen Metman, MD, Professor
Matthew Wodziak, MD, Assistant Professor
Natalie Witek, MD, Assistant Professor

Section of Multiple Sclerosis

Dusan Stefoski, MD, Section Head, Associate Professor
Cynthia Dendrinos, NP
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
Naira Arellano, NP
Torrey Boland, MD, Assistant Professor
Katie Corkery, PA-C
Ivan Da Silva, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor
Rajeev Garg, MD, MS, Assistant Professor
Kelly Kulagin, NP
Sebastian Pollandt, MD, Assistant Professor
Kelly Rimawi, NP
Christina Shin, PA-C
Evan Skinner, NP
Jean Slana, NP
Ana Tavarez, NP

Section of Neuromuscular Disease

Madhu Soni, MD, Acting Section Head, Associate Professor
Ryan Jacobson, MD, Assistant Professor

Rabia Malik, MD, Associate Professor

Section of Neurobiology

Malabendu Jana, PhD, Assistant Professor
Susanta Mondal, PhD, Assistant Professor
Dan Nicholson, PhD, Associate Professor
Liudmila Romanova, PhD, Assistant Professor
Kalipada Pahan, PhD, Professor

Section of Cognitive Neuroscience

Zoe Arvanitakis, MD, MS, Section Head, Professor
Sharlet Anderson, PhD, Assistant Professor
Lisa L. Barnes, PhD, Professor
Bryan A. Bernard, PhD, Assistant Professor
Jori Fleisher, MD, MSCE, Associate Professor
Rajeev Garg, MD, MS, Assistant Professor
Christopher Grote, PhD, Professor
Thomas Hoeppner, PhD, Associate Professor
Rebecca O’Dwyer, MD, Assistant Professor
Bichun Ouyang, PhD, Associate Professor
Victor Patron Romero, MD, MSCR, Assistant Professor
Fabian Sierra-Morales, MD, Assistant Professor
Ajay Sood, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor
Glenn Stebbins, PhD, Professor
Travis Stoub, PhD, Associate Professor
Robert Wilson, PhD, Professor

Section of Neuro-Oncology

Sean Grimm, MD, Section Head, Assistant Professor
Joo Yeon Nam, MD, Assistant Professor
Elizabeth Strus, NP

Neuro-Ophthalmology

Aimee Szewka, MD, Assistant Professor
Milena Stosic, MD, Assistant Professor

Pediatric Neurology

Charles Marcucilli, MD, PhD, Section Head, Assistant Professor
Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, MD, Professor
Colleen Buhrfiend, MD, Assistant Professor
Tamar Caceres, MD, Assistant Professor
Peter T. Heydemann, MD, Associate 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
Kimberly Blanchard, NP
Lisa L. Barnes, PhD, Professor
Aron S. Buchman MD, Professor
Ana Capuano, PhD, Associate Professor
Debra Fleischman, PhD, Professor
Chris Gaiteri, PhD, Assistant Professor
Namhee Kim, PhD, Assistant Professor
Sue E. Leurgans, PhD, Professor
Bernard Ng, PhD, Assistant Professor
Shahram Oveisgharan, MD, Assistant Professor
Julie Schneider, MD, MS, Professor
Ajay Sood, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor
Shinya Tasaki, PhD, Assistant Professor
Tianhao Wang, PhD, Assistant Professor
Yanling Wang, MD, PhD, Associate Professor
Robert S. Wilson, PhD, Professor
Lei Yu, PhD, Associate Professor

Neurosurgery

Michael Chen, MD, Associate Professor

The Graduate College

Andrew Bean, PhD, Dean, Professor

John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County

Lakshmi Warrior, MD, Chief, Division of Neurology, Assistant Professor
Izabela Biesiada, MD, 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
Danielle Rice, MD, Assistant Professor

Emeritus Faculty

Donna Bergen, MD, Professor Emeritus
Thomas Bleck, MD, Professor Emeritus
Cynthia Comella, MD, Professor Emerita
Jacob Fox, MD, Professor Emeritus
Jordan Topel, MD, Associate Professor Emeritus