Neurology Faculty

Academic Faculty

Naritoku

Dean K. Naritoku, M.D.
Chair of Neurology
Professor of Neurology and Pharmacology

Dr. Naritoku is a graduate of Northwestern University, Evanston IL (B.A., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 1977) and the Chicago Medical School (M.D., 1981). He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Illinois, Chicago (1981-1982), and residency in Neurology at Washington University, St Louis MO (1982-1985). He performed a Neuropharmacology and Epilepsy fellowship at Washington University (under James A. Ferrendelli, M.D.; 1985-1987). He is a former faculty at Southern Illinois University, Springfield (1987-2008) where he was a Professor of Neurology and Pharmacology, as well as Director of the Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology Program.

Dr. Naritoku is currently Professor of Neurology and Pharmacology at USA. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology and by the American Board of Clinical Pharmacology. Dr. Naritoku currently serves on the American Board of Clinical Pharmacology. Dr. Naritoku received the "Best Doctors" award (2007-2014) for recognition by peers as being in the top 5% of US physicians. His clinical interests include comprehensive epilepsy management, clinical neurophysiology and sleep. His research interests include developing new therapies for epilepsy, studying brain mechanisms of seizures and dysautonomia. He has active laboratory, translational and clinical research programs, and has received research funding from the NIH, Epilepsy Foundation of America and industry. He currently serves as Director of the USA Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy fellowship.

Dr. Naritoku's publications on PubMed
Dr. Naritoku's research patents

Bassam

Bassam A. Bassam, M.D.
Clerkship Director
Professor of Neurology

Dr. Bassam graduated from Aleppo University, College of Medicine in 1973, and completed two years of internship and internal medicine residency in Lebanon. He then completed a neurology residency at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 1977- 1980, and a fellowship in Neuromuscular diseases and Electromyography at Wayne State University, and Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota 1980 -1981. He is a former faculty member at University of Michigan 1982-1985, and joined the University of South Alabama 1985.

Dr. Bassam is Professor of Neurology and board certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also certified in Neuromuscular Diseases and Electromyography by the American Board of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM). He is the director of the EMG laboratory and Neuromuscular Clinic. His academic focus and research interests include diseases of peripheral nerve and muscle. Dr. Bassam has made many national contributions and presentations, and he has served as an examiner, and chairperson for national professional organizations.

Dr. Bassam's publications on PubMed

Maertens

Paul Maertens, M.D.
Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics

Paul Maertens received his M.D. from L' Universit Libre de Bruxelles, in Belgium. He completed his pediatric residency at the TC Thompson Children's Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He trained in Child Neurology at the Medical College of Georgia and joined the faculty at the University of South Alabama. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Child Neurology and is certified in Neurosonography.

Dr. Maertens is Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics. His clinical and academic interests include pathogenesis and treatment of epilepsy, cerebral palsy , Rett syndrome, autism, mental retardation, neurocutaneous disorders, and many more childhood neurologic disorders. Dr Maertens performs all neurosonographic studies in neonates and infants at USA and children with sickle cell disease. He serves on the editorial Board of the American Journal of Neuroimaging and of the journal Headache. He serves on the Membership Committee of the American Epilepsy Society. He is extensively published in textbooks, including Textbook of Clinical Neurology (Goetz, ed,; Saunders, 2007); the third edition of Clinical Pediatric Neurology, (Ronald, ed.; Demos Publishing, 2009), Neurosonology (Tegeler, ed; Univ. of Chicago Library, 1996),  and Transcranial Doppler Ultrasonography, 2nd ed., (Babikian, ed; Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd, 1999.)

Dr. Maertens' publications on PubMed

Ochoa

Juan Ochoa, M.D.
Residency Director
Associate Professor of Neurology

Dr. Ochoa received his MD from the Universidad Javeriana Medicine, Bogota, Columbia in 1988. He completed a residency in Family Medicine at Jamaica Hospital, NY (1992-1994), and then completed a Neurology residency at the State University of New York at Brooklyn (1994-1997). He subsequently performed a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx NY 1997-1998. Dr. Ochoa was an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Florida in Jacksonville (1998-2009) and director of the EEG laboratory and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Shands Hospital in Jacksonville (1998-2009). Dr. Ochoa's subspecialty interests include epilepsy and medical education and he has published actively in these areas. He has also performed a fellowship in medical education at the University of Florida, Gainesville (2003-2004). He has developed innovative Web-based training programs in Neurology and EEG.

Dr. Ochoa is Board Certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2000) and Clinical Neurophysiology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2001)

Dr. Ochoa is the Director of the Neurology Residency at USA and Associate Professor of Neurology. He is also Director of the SouthCEP Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at USA Medical Center. His clinical interests include clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy surgery evaluations. His current research interests include use of hyperosmolar solutions for intractable seizures. As residency director of our program, he brings a multidisciplinary and multitechnological approach to medical education.

Dr. Ochoa's publications on PubMed



Cordina

Steve Cordina, M.D.
Director, USA Stroke Center
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Cordina attended medical school at the University of Malta (M.D., 2001) and performed a rotating internship at St. Luke's Hospital in Malta. He was a medical officer in general medicine and radiology until 2004. He was an intern in Internal Medicine (2004-2005) and resident in Neurology (2005-2008) at UMNJ, Newark NJ. He did a fellowship in Vascular Neurology and Neurocritical Care at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (2008-2009) and then performed a two-year fellowship in Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology (2009-2011) at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He is board certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and board eligible for both Vascular Neurology and Interventional Neurology certifications.

Dr. Cordina directs the USA Stroke Center and performs endovascular procedures such as thrombus retrieval, intra-arterial TPA, and coiling of aneurysms for patients with intracerebral thrombosis, aneurysms and arteriovenous malformations. His research interests include new interventional devices for cerebrovascular diseases and new therapies for stroke.

Dr. Cordina's publications on PubMed



Darbin

Olivier Darbin, Ph.D.
Director of Translational Research
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Darbin obtained a M.S. from the University Claude Bernard (Lyon, France) and a Ph.D. from the University of the Mediterranean Aix-Marseille II (Marseille, Frnace) in collaboration with the Institut de Mdecine Navale du Service de Sant des Armes (Toulon, France) in 1998. He completed post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Nice (France, 1998-2000), Southern Illinois University (USA, 2000-2004) and the Yerkes National Primate Center (2004-2009). He joined the University of South Alabama 2009.

Dr. Darbin is Assistant Professor of Neurology and Director of Translational Research Core. His specialties are in neurochemistry, electrophysiology and behaviors. He has extensively published on the basal ganglia and the limbic circuitry. His academic focus and research interests are dysautonomia, epilepsy and movement disorders.

Dr. Darbin's publications on PubMed

Dees

Daniel D. Dees, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Dees received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry (2002) and Medical Degree (2007) from the University of South Alabama, Mobile. He performed an Internship in Internal Medicine (2007-2008) and Neurology residency at the University of South Alabama (2008-2011) and subsequently, a fellowship in Movement Disorders (2011-2012) at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta. Dr. Dees is board-certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2011). He was awarded the 2010 Trainiee Travel Award from the American Society of Neuroimaging, and the American Academy of Neurology Student Award for Excellence in Neurology (2007).

Dr. Dees directs the USA Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders Center. He evaluates and treats Parkinson Disease, Tremor, Dystonia and other movement problems with medications and deep brain stimulation. He also provides Botox injections for movement disorders, excessive salivation and other disorders.

Dr. Dees' publications on PubMed



Minto

L. Elizabeth Minto, M.D.
Assistant Residency Director
Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Elizabeth Minto is attended the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, AL (1999-2001) and graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine (M.D. 2001-2003). Dr. Minto completed an internship in Internal Medicine (2003-2004) and Neurology residency (2004-2007) at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Minto directs the USA Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology Program. Her other interests include migraine, stroke and general neurology.

Dr. Minto's publications on PubMed






Clinical Adjunct Faculty

Chalhub

Elias Chalhub, M.D.
Adjunct Professor of Neurology

Dr. Elias Chalub attended Emory University, Atlanta, GA (M.D. 1969, B.A. 1965).  His graduate studies include NINDS special fellowships in clinical neurology and pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO (1972-1976). Dr. Chalub is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)

Dr. Chalhub's publications on PubMed

Eckstein

Christopher P. Eckstein, M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Eckstein received his undergraduate degree in Spanish (B.A., 2001, cum laude) and medical degree (M.D., 2005) from the University of Alabama Birmingham. He performed an Internship in Internal Medicine (2005-2006) and Residency and Chief Residency in Neurology (2006-2009) at the University of Alabama Birmingham. He subsequently performed a two year fellowship in Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD (2009-2011).

Dr. Eckstein is board-certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2009). He has received many awards for scholastic achievement, including the Sylvia Lawry Physician Fellowship award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He specializes in Multiple Sclerosis and other immunological disorders of the brain, including neurosarcoidosis and autoimmune disorders.

Dr. Eckstein's publications on PubMed

Elmore

Todd Elmore, M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Todd Elmore is a graduate of the Southern Illinois University of Medicine, Springfield, IL (M.D. 1991). He completed an internship in internal medicine and residency in neurology at the Southern Illinois University of Medicine and affiliated hospitals, Springfield, IL (1991-1995). Dr. Elmore completed a B.S. in physiology from the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL (1986). Dr. Elmore is board certified in Neurology by the ABPN and in EMG by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine

T. Elliott Foster, M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Foster is a graduate of the University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL (B.S. Biology, 2003) and the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, AL (M.D. in 2008). He was an intern in Internal Medicine (2008-2009) and resident in Neurology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, AL. Dr. Foster is board certified in Neurology by the ABPN.

George Graves, M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Graves attended the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, AL., where he earned his M.D. (1992), completed an internship in internal medicine (1992-1993), as well as a residency in neurology (1993-1995) / chief resident 1995-1996). Dr. Graves was the recipient of the Golden Hammer Award in Neurology (1992).

Hweitt

William Hewitt, M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology

William Hewitt is a graduate of the University Of Mississippi School Of Medicine, Jackson, MS (M.D. 1997-2001). He also attended Mississippi College, Clinton, MS (B.S. in chemistry 1994-1997). Dr. Hewitt completed a residency in neurology (2002-2005) and fellowship in clinical neurophysiology (2005-2006) at Emory University, Atlanta, GA. Dr. Hewitt is board certified in neurology (2006) and clinical neurophysiology (2007) by the ABPN.

Hinton

John Hinton, M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology

John Hinton, Jr. graduated from the University Of South Alabama College Of Medicine, Mobile, AL (M.D. 1984-1988). He completed a surgery internship at Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, GA (1988-1989), a neurosurgical fellowship at the Neurological Institute of Central Georgia, Macon, GA (1989-1991), as well as a neurology residency (1991-1994) and Internal medicine training (1994-1995) at the University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL. Dr. Hinton is certified in neurology  and sleep by the ABPN.

Abdel Kasmia, M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Kasmia attended the University of Santiago School of Medicine, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (M.D. 1982-1986). His graduate studies include neurosciences at the University of Alberta Medical Center, College of Medicine (1986-1989), an internship in internal medicine at Brown University-Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket, RI (1989-1990) and a residency in neurology at the University of South Alabama (1990-1993). Dr. Kasmia also attended Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH (M.S. 1980-1982) and Cairo University, Cairo Egypt (B.E. 1975-1980). Dr. Kasmia is certified in neurology by the ABPN.

Lacour

Fritz Lacour, M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology

Fritz LaCour Jr. attended Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA (M.D.-1969). His graduate studies include a residency in neurology at Charity Hospital, New Orleans (1973-1976) and an internship at the University of Texas Medical Center, Parkland Hospital, Dallas, TX (1969-1970). Dr. LaCour is board certified in neurology by the ABPN (1978).



Markle

Scott Markle, M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology

Scott Markle is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia (M.D. 1998). He also completed an internal medicine internship (1998-1999) and neurology residency, including chief resident (1999-2002) at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Dr. Markle is board certified in neurology by the ABPN(2004). Dr. Markle received the USA Neurology "Teacher of the Year" award in 2011 for his excellent teaching of third year medical students.

Oztas

Ozgur Oztas, M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Oztas is a graduate of Ankara University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey (M.D. 1981-1987). He underwent Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Training at Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey (1991-1995). Dr. Oztas attended the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, AL for internal medicine residency training (1999-2000), neurology residency training (2000-2002) and chief resident, neurology (2002-2003).Dr. Oztas is board certified in neurology by the ABPN (2009).

Kent Robinson, M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Robinson is a graduate of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, AL where he received his M.D. (1980), residency (1983) / chief residency in the Department of Neurology (1983-1984), and B.S. degree (1976). Dr. Robinson also attended the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis where he completed an internship in the Department of Internal Medicine (1980-1981). Dr. Robinsons is board certified in neurology by the ABPN (1985).

Richard Sawyer, M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology

Dr. Richard Sawyer attended the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Mobile, AL where he earned his M.D. (1979), completed a fellowship and clinical instructor in neurology (1983) as well as his residency in neurology (1980-1983). Dr. Sawyer earned a B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (1975), and performed a fellowship in electromyography and clinical instructor in neurology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (1984). Dr. Sawyer is board certified in neurology by the ABPN (1985).

Yager

John Yager, M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology

John Yager is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN (M.D. 1983). He also attended the University of Tennessee Center for Health Science, Memphis, TN (Ph.D. in neurophysiology, 1972) and the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA (B.S. in physics 1965). Dr. Yager completed his residency in neurology (1984-1987) and fellowship in electrophysiology (1987-1988) at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. Dr. Yager is board certified in neurology by the ABPN.


Neuropathology

  • Jeffrey Sosnowski, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of South Alabama

Neuroradiology

  • Francis Greiner, M.D., Professor of Radiology, University of South Alabama

Neurosurgery

    • Anthony Martino, M.D., Acting Chair and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, University of South Alabama

    • Eugene Quindlen, M.D., Professor of Neurosurgery, University of South Alabama

    • Walter Rusyniak, M.D., Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, University of South Alabama

Sleep disorders

  • William "Jet" Broughton, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine, University of South Alabama and Medical Director, Infirmary West Sleep Disorders Center

Neuropsychology

  • Melissa Ogden, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology

  • David Williamson, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry

    Dr. David Williamson is a graduate of the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (Ph.D. specializing in neuropsychology and medical psychology, 1992). He completed a clinical neuropsychology fellowship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK (1992-1993) and a neuropsychology/behavioral neurology fellowship at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (1993-1995).  Dr. Williamson has also earned an MBA from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA (MBA 2004). Dr. Williamson trains residents on experimental design, biostatistics and neuropsychology

    Dr. Williamson is board certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (1996).

  • John Shelley-Tremblay, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Neurology and Professor of Psychology

Speech and Language Pathology

  • Kelli Evans, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology and Assistant Professor Department of Speech and Language Pathology, University of South Alabama

Pain Management

    • John Couch, M.D., Adjunct Associate Professor of Neurology

      Dr. Couch is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA (M.D. 1981. He completed a fellowship in pain management at the University of California at Los Angeles (1995-1996) and a residency in anesthesiology at the University of South Florida (1992-1995). Dr. Couch is certified by the American Board of Pain Management in pain medicine (1998).

Neuro-opthamology

  • Saunders Hupp, M.D., Adjunct Professor of Neurology

    Dr. Hupp is a graduate of the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Birmingham, AL (M.D. 1976-1980). He completed an internship at Carraway Methodist Medical Center, Birmingham, AL (1980-1981), a residency at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, FL (1981-1984), and a fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital Neuro-Ophthalmology Service, Philadelphia, PA (1984-1985). Dr. Hupp is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology (1985).

Neuro-otology

  • Mark Gacek, M.D., Adjunct Associate Professor of Neurology

    Dr. Gacek received his M.D. (1987) and internship in general surgery (1987-1988) from SUNY Health Science Center, Syracuse, NY. He completed a residency in Otolaryngology (1988-1992) and a teaching fellowship (1988-1992) at the Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Dr. Gacek also completed a fellowship in neurotology/skull base surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA (1995-1996). Dr. Gacek is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology (1993).








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