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Doctors Who Treat Concussion

When an individual is evaluated in an emergency room after a head injury, he or she will be seen by emergency room doctors, who usually have experience in concussion and other traumatic brain injuries. If a head injury is serious, a specialist in neurotrauma will be called in to consult.

For follow-up care and evaluation, patients may be seen by a neurologist, neurosurgeon, or neuropsychologist, depending on need. Imaging studies (MRI or CT scans) may be ordered if there is any reason to suspect complications. As Hillary Clinton recently discovered, a follow-up visit can reveal a blood clot or other serious complication that would have otherwise been missed.

Kenneth Perrine, PhDKenneth Perrine, Ph.D., ABPP-CN is a neuropsychologist with 30 years of experience in traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussion in adults and children. In his role at the Weill Cornell Pediatric Concussion Clinic, he evaluates children with mild TBI or concussions to make recommendations about return to school and to athletics. Dr. Perrine is also the consulting neuropsychologist for the New York Jets and the New York Islanders, where he evaluates players with concussions and makes similar recommendations about return to practice and play. His clinical work and research interests include clinical neuropsychology, epilepsy, movement disorders, dementia, traumatic brain injury/concussion, brain tumors, and other conditions that affect cerebral functioning. (Read more about Dr. Perrine.)

Dr. Roger HartlRoger Härtl, M.D., named as one of the top 50 spine surgeons in the United States, is Director of Spinal Surgery and Neurotrauma and Co-director of the Weill Cornell Spine Center at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center. He’s also the official neurosurgeon for the New York Giants. Simple concussion does not require surgery, but head injuries that cause bleeding in the brain or skull may indicate that surgery is necessary. Dr. Härtl's clinical and research expertise is in simple and complex spine surgery, neurotrauma, and neurocritical care medicine.  (Read more about Dr. Härtl.)

Jeffrey Greenfield, PhD, MDJeffrey Greenfield, M.D., Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery in Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College and a pediatric neurosurgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Greenfield specializes in minimally invasive (endoscopic) pediatric neurosurgery as well as in advanced surgery for traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, and other neurosurgical conditions in children. (Read more about Dr. Greenfield.)

Dr. Amanda Sacks-ZimmermanAmanda Sacks-Zimmerman, Ph.D, ABPP-CN is a clinical neuropsychologist specializing in cognitive remediation after brain trauma, including concussion and other mild traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Sacks-Zimmerman has extensive experience in treating patients who suffer from cognitive and emotional difficulties that may be the result of a wide range of neurological conditions, including traumatic injury; epilepsy; radiation or chemotherapy; cardiopulmonary bypass procedures; cerebrovascular disease; and others.  (Read more about Dr. Sacks-Zimmerman.)

Dr. Jessica Spat-LemusJessica Spat-Lemus, Ph.D. is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in the neuropsychological testing, evaluation, and treatment of children with neurological disorders. Dr. Spat-Lemus also provides cognitive remediation services to adolescents and adults who benefit from developing and maintaining compensatory strategies to address disorders of attention, executive dysfunction, and memory. Read more about Dr. Jessica Spat-Lemus.)

Dr Philip E. Stieg, Weill Cornell MedicinePhilip E. Stieg, Ph.D., M.D., the chairman and neurosurgeon-in-chief of the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, leads the cerebrovascular team. Dr. Stieg is one of the top neurosurgeons in the nation, having been named one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly each year since that designation was created nearly two decades ago. Dr. Stieg has developed an international reputation in the area of cerebrovascular disorders and surgery; his work has been broadly published, and he has contributed to groups such as the Joint Sections of Cerebrovascular Surgery of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons (AANS/CNS). He is the past President of the Society of University Neurosurgeons and has received multiple awards and honors for his work. (Read more about Dr. Stieg.)

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