The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Our Team at a Glance

Core Faculty

Joe Small  Joe Verghese, MB,MS
Professor & Chief
Roee Small  Roee Holtzer, PhD
Associate Professor
Jeannette Small  Jeannette R. Mahoney, PhD
Assistant Professor
 Helena Small  Helena Blumen, PhD
Assistant Professor


 Vijayalekshmi V Nair, M.D.   Vijayalekshmi V Nair, M.D.
Post-doctoral Investigator
 Jason Cohen 

 Jason Cohen, M.D.
 Geriatric Neurology Fellow


Donna Small  Donna Brandon
DCMA Administrator
Ayers 75  Emmeline Ayers 
Research Coordinator for DCMA
 Crismeldy Veloz  Crismeldy Veloz
Research Assistant
 Audrey McCalley  Audrey McCalley
Research Assistant
  Kelly Cotton  Kelly Cotton
Research Assistant

Clinical Research Team: The multidisciplinary DCMA faculty is currently comprised of Dr. Verghese (Neurology), Dr. Holtzer (Neuropsychology), Dr. Mahoney (Neuropsychology), Dr. Blumen (NeuroImaging), along with research technicians, residents, fellows, and graduate students enrolled in ongoing research projects and clinical electives. Dr. Oh-Park (Rehabilitation Medicine) collaborates with our Division.

The DCMA also has active collaborations with investigators within AECOM and elsewhere in the fields of Geriatrics, Bioengineering, Endocrinology, Genetics, Rehabilitation Medicine, Neuroscience, Neurophysiology, Neuroradiology and Infectious Disease, which provides further opportunities for collaboration and career growth. Research is supported by strong biostatistical services.

Einstein/Montefiore Collaborators

Brown, Lucy, Ph.D.  Lipton, Michael, M.D. 
Lee, SeWon, M.D.  Wagshul, Mark, Ph.D. 
Li, Xiaobo, Ph.D.  Wang, Cuiling, Ph.D. 
Djukic, Aleksandra, M.D., Ph.D.  Zingman, Barry, M.D. 
George, Claudene, M.D.   

External Collaborators

Kurtulus Izzetoglu, Ph.D. Meltem Izzetoglu, Ph.D.
Mooyeon Oh-Park, M.D. Giles Allai, M.D.

Medical, Graduate & Postgraduate Students

Einstein MSTAR/ SOAR Students

Yehuda Lerea (MSTAR)
Orli Haken (SOAR)
Joanna Mergeche (MSTAR)
Susmit Tripathi (SOAR)
Kathryn Hu (MSTAR and SOAR)

Medical Student Resident Fellowship

Nan Wang, BS

Recent Alumni

Brittany LeMonda
Melissa Shuman-Paretsky
Clara Li
Jessica Spat

Luis Rendon (2/1/15-5/31/15)
Visiting Research Scholar
Facultad de Enfeimeria, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon

Takehiko Doi, PhD, MSc PT (2015)
Visiting Scientist
Center for Gerontology & Social Science
National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology

Masashi Kasuya, PhD (9/5/13-9/24/13)
Visiting Scientist
School of Project Design, Miyagi University

Naofumi Tanaka, PhD, MD (11/1/11-12/28/11)
Visiting Scientist
Tohoku University, Grad School of Medicine

Somechukwu Onuoha, MD
Geriatric Neurology Fellow

Other Doctoral Programs

Miriam Shapiro, Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ

Visiting Scholars




Naofumi Tanaka, Tohoku University Medical School, Sendai, Japan
Andrea Wantz, University of Bern, Switzerland

Letter from the Chief 

New Developments

Verghese Gait Video Geriatrician Joe Verghese explains how subtle changes in gait can identify which patients are at risk for frailty – with the goal of preventing falls and mental decline. Dr. Verghese is chief of geriatrics at Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center and a professor of neurology and of medicine at Einstein. This edition of Einstein On, a research and medicine podcast, is hosted by Paul Moniz, managing director of communications and marketing at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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