Joseph S. Neimat, MD MS Professor and Chairman of Neurological Surgery

Joseph Neimat grew up in the Washington DC area. He studied at Dartmouth College and went on to complete medical school and a Master’s degree in neurobiology at Duke University. Dr. Neimat performed his internship in general surgery and residency in neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. He subsequently completed a fellowship in functional neurosurgery at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada. In 2006, he joined the department of neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University, where he was director of epilepsy surgery, and of psychiatric neuromodulation surgery. He was a founding member of the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE) where he developed, through collaborations with bioengineering, advanced imaging modalities and novel robotic approaches to impact the performance of DBS and epilepsy surgeries. In 2016 Dr. Neimat transitioned to the University of Louisville where he serves as professor and chairman of neurological surgery. Dr. Neimat’s clinical interests include all aspects of functional neurosurgery, with emphasis on the surgical treatment of Parkinson's Disease, the treatment of epilepsy, novel surgical therapies for cognitive disease, and the multi-modality treatment of trigeminal neuralgia. He additionally runs a collaborative research lab directed toward the exploration of cognitive and emotional processing in cortical and subcortical structures. The lab uses the opportunity of DBS and epilepsy surgeries, to evaluate the response of neuronal ensembles to novel stimuli that task cognitive and emotional processing.

University of Louisville
Louisville, KY

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