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Ali R. Rezai, MD

Stanley D. and Joan H. Ross Chair in Neuromodulation

Professor,
Neurosurgery and Neuroscience

Director,
OSU Center for Neuromodulation and Neuroscience Program

Degree: University of Southern California School of Medicine

Residency:  New York University Medical Center, Department of Neurosurgery

Fellowships:  University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada - Clinical Fellow, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Division of Neurosurgery
The Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden - Clinical Observer, Functional Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery

Address: S2044 Davis Center
               480 Medical Center Dr.
               Columbus, OH 43210

Clinic:   (614) 255-0550

Phone:  (614) 366-2420

Fax:       (614) 366-8779

Email: ali.rezai@osumc.edu

 


Clinical Interests

Neuromodulation, functional neurosurgery, neuroimaglng, movement disorders, psychiatric disorders, pain, traumatic brain injury.
 

Research Interests

Neuromodulation therapies to treat migraine headaches, asthma, addictions, Alzheimer's, obesity, post-traumatic stress disorders, PTSD, TBI and autism.
 

Curriculum Vitae

A board certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Rezai's clinical areas of expertise are the neurosurgical management of patients with severe movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, dystonia, tremor, psychiatric conditions such as depression and obsessive compulsive disorder, traumatic brain injury and chronic pain. Dr. Rezai was named one of the best doctors in America in Castle and Connolly's Guide to America's Top Doctors for 2001-2014.
 
Dr. Rezal has published over 140 peer reviewed articles and more than 30 book chapters. He serves on the editorial board of five journals including Neurosurgery. He has edited a book on surgery for psychiatric disorders and the two volume textbook, Neuromodulation.  In addition, Dr. Rezai has been the Principal (PI) and Co-investigator on eight NIH grants and was the PI of the state of Ohio Brain Neuromodulation Center.  He has delivered over 420 lectures nationally and internationally and chaired numerous symposia and meetings. Dr. Rezai has trained over 30 fellows in functional neurosurgery since 1998.  In 2007, Dr. Rezai presented his work to the President of the United States as well as to members of the US Senate and House of Representatives on Capital Hill.
 
Dr. Rezai is the past President of both the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), one of the largest neurosurgical societies in the world and the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS).
 
Dr. Rezai's research focuses on mechanisms of neurostimulation, delineation of abnormal brain circuitry underlying disease processes, as well as developing neuromodulation devices and novel therapeutic strategies for treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders and autonomic disorders.  He has been involved in pioneering work involving the use of brain pacemakers for treating Parkinson's disease, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and traumatic brain injury. His current research focuses on developing neuromodulation therapies to treat migraine headaches, asthma, addictions, Alzheimer's, obesity, post-traumatic stress disorders and autism.
 
Dr. Rezai has received the Bottrell Neurosurgical Award, Congress of Neurological Surgeons Clinical Fellowship award, and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons William Sweet Investigator Award.  He has also received several innovation awards, including the 2011 Columbus Business First innovator of the year, achievement of the year award for health and Medicine from Northern Ohio Live magazine, Cleveland Clinic innovator of the year award, and NorTech annual Innovation award. He was also featured in Crains' Who's Who in Biotech.  Dr.Rezai holds 35 issued US patents for medical devices and technologies.
 
Dr. Rezai's work has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, US News and World Report, USA Today, MIT's Technology Review magazine, Newsweek, Time, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Reader's Digest, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Globe and Mail, The Plain Dealer and the Columbus Dispatch.  He was listed in Crains' "40 Under 40," and has appeared on numerous local and national radio and television broadcasts including CBS' 60 Minutes, Prime Time, The Charlie Rose Show, The Diane Rehm Show, CNN, NPR, PBS, BBC, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS Nightly News and The Discovery Channel.