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Michael Thorpy, MD

Director, Sleep-Wake Disorders Center, Montefiore Medical Center Associate Professor of Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Michael Thorpy, MD, who is board-certified in sleep disorders medicine, has published extensively on narcolepsy, insomnia and other sleep disorders. His seven books include “The Encyclopedia of Sleep and Sleep Disorders.” Dr. Thorpy has served on the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) Board of Directors and founded and directed the NSF’s National Narcolepsy Registry. In addition, he is past Chairman of the Sleep Section of the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Thorpy was born in New Zealand and earned his medical degree from the University of Otago in 1973.

Areas of Expertise

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Narcolepsy
  • Effects of Shift Work on C

Selected Media Coverage

Sleep Review, Information Television Network

Jessica L. Zwerling, MD, MS

Director, Montefiore Hudson Valley Center of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease (CEAD)

Director, Memory Disorders Center at Blondell

Associate Director, Montefiore Einstein Center for the Aging Brain

Associate Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Program Director, UCNS Geriatric Neurology Fellowship

Clinical Director, Einstein Aging Study

Jessica Leigh Zwerling, M.D., M.S., is a neurologist and associate director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for the Aging Brain and serves as director of the Memory Disorders Center at Montefiore and Einstein. The Center for the Aging Brain – a collaborative between Montefiore and Albert Einstein College of Medicine – provides personalized and comprehensive treatment for a range of conditions facing older adults, including depression, dementia, functional decline and memory disorders.

Areas of Expertise

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Aging
  • Dementia
  • Memory Disorders
  • Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
  • Bell's Palsy

Selected Media Coverage

 International Business Times, Refinery29, Bustle, CaringKind NYC, U.S. News & World Report

Shelby Harris, Psy.D., C.BSM

Director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the Sleep-Wake Disorders Center, Montefiore Medical Center

Assistant Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Harris specializes in behavioral sleep medicine and CBT for anxiety and depression. She has published and presented research on the neuropsychological effects of insomnia in older adults as well as behavioral treatments for insomnia, parasomnias, narcolepsy and excessive daytime sleepiness. She has appeared on both national and local television discussing a wide variety of sleep issues.

Areas of Expertise

  • Behavioral Sleep Medicine
  • How Cognitive Behavior Therapy can replace medications to eradicate insomnia
  • Insomnia
  • How the use of electronics can affect your sleep
  • Nightmares
  • The sleep issues that shift work creates
  • Insomnia, its causes and how it can be prevented
  • The relationship between insomnia and depression
  • Nightmares and PTSD

Selected Media Coverage

ABC Local, ABC Local , Good Morning America, FOX News, Everyday Health, ABC News

Daniel Labovitz, MD, MS

Neurologist, Montefiore Medical Center

Director, Stern Stroke Center, Montefiore Medical Center

Assistant Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Daniel Labovitz is a board-certified vascular neurologist and leads Montefiore Medical Center’s Stern Stroke Center. There, he applies his teamwork based approach, which includes an interdisciplinary team focused on stroke treatment, to provide optimal patient care. He also conducts epidemiological stroke research with a focus on race andethnic disparities. Dr. Labovitz has been interviewed by national news outlets on stroke signs and available treatment options.

Areas of Expertise

  • Stroke symptoms, prevention and treatment
  • Vascular neurology
  • Neuro-epidemiology
  • Transient ischemic attacks

Selected Media Coverage

The New York Times - Well Blog,

Richard Lipton, MD

Richard Lipton, MD

Neurologist, Montefiore Medical Center

Executive Director, Montefiore Headache Center, Montefiore Medical Center

Investigator, The Bronx Aging Project, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Vice chair of Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Saul R. Korey Professor of Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Lipton has made The Montefiore Headache Center world famous for the treatment and research of all types of headaches. As an investigator with The Bronx Aging Project, the nation’s seminal study on dementia, he is also well known for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Lipton has been interviewed on network television on both headaches and Alzheimer’s.

Areas of Expertise

  • Headache prevention and treatment
  • Neurophysiology and radiology
  • Epidemioplogy
  • Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Research regarding diagnosis and treatment of all forms of headache
  • Early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and lifestyle recommendations to help prevent its onset

Selected Media Coverage

TIME Magazine, ABC News, Medpage Today, NewsMax TV

Joe Verghese, MD

Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology
Professor, Department of Medicine (Geriatrics)
Chief, Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine
Chief, Division of Cognitive & Motor Aging, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology
Director, Montefiore Einstein Center for the Aging Brain
Murray D. Gross Memorial Faculty Scholar in Gerontology

Dr. Joe Verghese is board-Certified in Neurology. He is a recipient of the Beeson award from the National institute on Aging and of the Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation Award from the American Geriatrics Society. His research interest is in the effects of disease and aging on mobility and cognition in older adults. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and several federally funded grants in this area. His current projects include studying the influence of cognitively stimulating activities on reducing risk of dementia, the role of divided attention tasks such as walking while talking in predicting outcomes such as disability and cognitive decline, cognitive interventions, and global health.

Areas of Expertise

  • Gait and Cognition
  • Aging
  • Dementia
  • Motor Aging

Selected Media Coverage

Next Avenue, Wall Street Journal, Reuters Health, Woman’s World, U.S. News & World Report