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Department of Neurology

Leadership

Melissa Carran, MD
Interim Chair
Associate Professor of Neurology
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Melissa Carran, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH
Internship: Crozer Chester Medical Center, Upland, PA
Residency: Neurology - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Fellowship: Electrophysiology - Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certifications:

Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology

Special Interests:

Epilepsy, migraine, developmental disorders, neurology of aging

About Me:

Melissa A. Carran, MD, is the chief and chair of the Department of Neurology. A graduate of University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, she completed her neurology residency and subsequent fellowship in epilepsy at Thomas Jefferson Hospital. She is an assistant professor of neurology at CMSRU. Dr. Carran is board-certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology, with more than 10 years of experience as an attending neurologist and epileptologist. She has also been an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a member of the Recertification Committee.

Dr. Carran’s practice includes treating and managing epilepsy, including women’s health, developmental issues, and evaluations for epilepsy surgery. She also participates in several studies of investigational treatments for epilepsy.

Teaching Faculty

Evren Burakgazi-Dalkilic, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
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Evren Burakgazi-Dalkilic, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: Istanbul University, Istanbul School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey
Internship: Internal Medicine - Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY, Selcuk University School of Medicine, Konya, Turkey, Istanbul School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey
Residency: Neurology - George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC
Fellowship: Epilepsy/EEG - University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certifications:

Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy

Special Interests:

Diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, pre-surgical evaluation and intracranial epilepsy monitoring, role of hormones in epilepsy, cardiac aspects of status epilepticus and refractory epilepsy, pharmacokinetics of antiepileptic drugs and their interactions with other drugs

About Me:

Evren Burakgazi-Dalkilic, MD, received her medical degree from Istanbul University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in neurology at George Washington University School of Medicine where she was recognized as Resident of the Year. After completing a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Burakgazi-Dalkilic was co-director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and an assistant professor of neurology at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center – MCV Campus in Richmond, Virginia, before coming to Cooper.

Dr. Burakgazi-Dalkilic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, pre-surgical evaluation, and intracranial epilepsy moni­toring. Special interests include the role of hormones in epilepsy, cardiac aspects of status epilepticus and refractory epilepsy, pharmacokinetics of antiepileptic drugs and their interactions with other drugs.

Dr. Burakgazi-Dalkilic has been principal investigator or sub-investigator on a number of external grants and is a contributor to numer­ous journals and abstracts. She is also a member of several scientific, honorary, and professional societies: American Academy of Neurology, American Epilepsy Society, and American Clinical and Neurophysiology Society (ACNS). She also serves as a member of the AAN Anti-Epileptic Drugs Efficacy and Safety Guideline Committee.

Joseph Campellone, MD
Professor of Neurology
CMSRU M3 Clerkship Director
Residency Program Director
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Joseph Campellone, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Internship: Internal Medicine - Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
Residency: Neurology - Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Fellowship: Neuromuscular Disease/Electromyography - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

Board Certifications:

Neurology, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Neuromuscular Disease

Special Interests:

Neuromuscular disease, myasthenia gravis, muscular dystrophy, electromyography, dystonia

Memberships:

American Academy of Neurology, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Awards and Honors:

"Top Doc" Philadelphia Magazine 2012 to 2017, Top Physicians "Reader's Choice", South Jersey Magazine, 2012, "Top Doc" Inside Jersey/Star-Ledger Magazine, 2012, "Excellence in Teaching Award", Foundation of UMDNJ, 2013

About Me:

Joseph V. Campellone, MD, is the program director for the Neurology Residency Program. He has been with Cooper University Health Care since 1996. He is medical director of the Electromyography Laboratory, and is board-certified in neurology, neuromuscular disease, and electrodiagnostic medicine.

As a professor of neurology at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU), Dr. Campellone has great interest in education. He was previously the director of the neurology clerkship for Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and for CMSRU. He is a recent recipient of the UMDNJ Foundation “Excellence in Teaching” award and is also a small group facilitator for Scholar’s workshop and M3 Director at CMSRU.

Dr. Campellone has authored numerous manuscripts, presented at national and local meetings and has reviewed for several medical journals. A member of the American Academy of Neurology, Dr. Campellone has served on several committees for the American Association of Electrodiagnostic and Neuromuscular Medicine. Dr. Campellone has a particular interest in myasthe­nia gravis, neuropathy, and other neuromuscular diseases, as well as electrodiagnosis.

Andrea Casher, PsyD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
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Andrea Casher, PsyD

Education Background:

Graduate School: Hahnemann University Hospital, Drexel School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Internship: Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certifications:

Professional Psychology

Special Interests:

Neuropsychology, traumatic brain injury, dementia, epilepsy, stroke, movement disorders.

About Me:

Andrea J. Casher, PsyD, ABPP is a board-certified clinical neuropsycholo­gist. After earning her doctorate from Hahnemann University in clinical psychology with a specialty in neuropsychology, she has practiced for over twenty years, evaluating individuals with a wide variety of neurologically based cognitive disorders, including dementia, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumors, and epilepsy. Dr. Casher maintains an active role training neuropsychologists in the New Jersey and Philadelphia area, and working with professional societies and patient advocacy groups. Her expertise is critical to the multi-discipline approach to several Cooper neuroscience programs, including neurosurgical interventions in patients with epilepsy. Dr. Casher also participates in clinical research projects.

Amy Colcher, MD
Professor of Neurology
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Amy Colcher, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA
Internship: Internal Medicine - Lankenau Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
Residency: Neurology - Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Fellowship: Movement Disorders - Graduate Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certifications:

Neurology

Special Interests:

Huntingtons disease, Parkinsons disease, other parkinsonian syndromes including progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple system atrophy, ataxia, dystonia, essential tremor and other movement disorders

Memberships:

Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Movement Disorders Society, American Academy of Neurology

Awards and Honors:

Huntingtons Disease Society of America Woman of Distinction Award - 2002

About Me:

Amy Colcher, MD, joined Cooper University Health Care as director of the Cooper Neurological Institute Movement Disorders division after 15 years at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, completed her neurology residency training at Georgetown University, and did her fellowship in movement disorders at the University of Pennsylvania. A well-known authority in movement disorders, Dr. Colcher has authored numerous articles and book chapters.

A diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Colcher serves on the board of the Eastern Pennsylvania chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. She is involved in clinical research and conducts trials on Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other movement disorders. She treats patients with dystonia, and has expertise in the use of Botulinum toxins. She sees patients with Parkinson’s dis­ease, Multiple System Atrophy, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, essential tremor, ataxia, and Huntington’s disease and other movement disorders. Dr. Colcher also enjoys teaching trainees and in addition to providing clinical instruction to neurology resi­dents, Dr. Colcher is active as a small group leader at CMSRU and precepts several medical students.

Bradley Grayum, MD
Instructor of Neurology
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Bradley Grayum, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: Hahnemann University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Internship: Internal Medicine - Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
Residency: Neurology - NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
Fellowship: Neuromuscular Disease and Clinical Electrophysiology - SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Board Certifications:

Neurology, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Added Qualification in Vascular Neurology

Special Interests:

Stroke, neuromuscular disease

Memberships:

American Academy of Neurology, American Heart Association

Awards and Honors:

Educator of the Year, Crozer-Chester Medical Center, 2013, Drexel University Teaching Award for Affiliates, 2014

About Me:

Bradley P. Grayum, MD, is a graduate of Hahnemann Medical School and the NYU/Bellevue Neurology residency program, and did a fellowship in neuromuscular disease at Downstate Medical Center. He is board-certified, with added qualifications in vascular neurology and is certified in electrodiagnostic medicine through the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

With an active practice focusing on neuromuscular disease, Dr. Grayum also served as director of the stroke program during a long career at Crozer Chester Medical Center, participating in many clinical stroke trials. Since recently coming to Cooper, he maintains an interest in both stroke and neuromuscular disease and has been acknowledged as “Top Doc” several times by various local publications, including Philadelphia magazine.

Dr. Grayum brings enthusiasm and experience as an instructor to our residents. He was named Educator of the Year at Crozer Chester Medical Center in 2012 and received a teaching award from Drexel University in 2014.

Tapan Kavi, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
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Tapan Kavi, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, India
Internship: Preliminary Medicine - The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY
Residency: Neurology - Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ
Fellowship: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Board Certifications:

Neurology

Special Interests:

Neurocritical care

Memberships:

American Academy of Neurology, Neurocritical Care Society, Society of Critical Care Medicine

Awards and Honors:

Best Teaching Fellow 2016, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

About Me:

Tapan R. Kavi, MD, completed his medical education at Pramukh Swami Medical College, India, and returned to Cooper after completing his neurology residency at Cooper and subsequent Neurocritical Care fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Kavi’s return to Cooper continues the tradition of providing excellent training to neurology residents and medical students. He is very enthusiastic about adding to the neurocritical care aspect of Cooper’s intensive care services. Dr. Kavi is passionate about providing care to patients during the acute phase of neurologic injury with special interests in cerebral autoregulation, anoxic brain injury and subarachnoid hemorrhage.

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Andrew McGarry, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
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Andrew McGarry, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ
Internship: Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
Residency: Neurology - Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center,Rochester, NY
Fellowship: Movement and Inherited Neurological Disorders - Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY

Board Certifications:

Neurology

Special Interests:

Huntingtons disease, Parkinsons disease, other Parkinsonian syndromes including progressive supranuclear palsy, multiple system atrophy, hereditary and acquired ataxia (Friedrichs ataxia, spinocerebellar ataxias, etc.), dystonia, essential tremor, and other movement disorders

Memberships:

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Movement Disorder Society, American Academy of Neurology, Huntington's Study Group, Parkinson's Study Group

About Me:

Andrew McGarry, MD, is an alumnus of UMDNJ and Cooper University Health Care for medical school clerkships and completed his neurology residency at the University of Rochester. He subsequently com­pleted a fellowship in movement disorders and experimental therapeutics at Rochester. He is board certified in neurology and belongs to the American Academy of Neurology, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society, Parkinson’s Study Group, Huntington’s Study Group, and Movement Disorder Society. He serves on the HSG Clinical Trial Science and Ethics Review Committee.

Dr. McGarry’s interests include Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, spinocerebellar ataxias, and novel treatments for rare movement disorders. His clinical involvement includes delivery of botulinum toxin, deep brain stimulation management, resident education, and medical treatment of tremor, chorea, dystonia, tics, and myoclonus of varying etiologies. Dr. McGarry has interest in cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and the development and implementation of clinical trials in movement disorders. He has published numerous abstracts, papers, and book chapters in movement disorder research. He was voted “Top Doctor” in South Jersey Magazine’s 2014 patient poll.

Thomas Mirsen, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
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Thomas Mirsen, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Internship: Internal Medicine - Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, New York, NY
Residency: Neurology - Bellevue Hospital at NYU Medical Center, New York, NY
Fellowship: Neurology - University Hospital, London, Ontario, Canada

Board Certifications:

Neurology

Special Interests:

Stroke/TIA, headache

About Me:

Thomas R. Mirsen, MD, is associate professor of neurology at CMSRU and has been with Cooper University Health Care since 1990.

Dr. Mirsen is fellowship trained in dementia and cerebrovascular disease, and is board certified in vascular neurology. Dr. Mirsen is a consistent participant in stroke trials, is active in stroke research, and serves on the Stroke Advisory Panel of the Department of Health of New Jersey. He has served as associate division head of neurology at Cooper. He has repeat­edly been named a “Top Doctor” in neurology both in New Jersey and in the Philadelphia area. His practice embraces a wide range of neurologic pathologies in addition to his specialty of stroke.

Rajiv Narula, MD
Instructor of Neurology
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Rajiv Narula, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: American University of Antigua, New York, NY
Internship: Internal Medicine - Drexel University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Residency: Neurology - Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ
Fellowship: Vascular Neurology - University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA

Special Interests:

Stroke (ischemic and hemorrhagic), telemedicine, migraines, stroke education in the community, and healthcare technology

Memberships:

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, American Telemedicine Association, American Academy of Neurology, American Medical Association

Awards and Honors:

President of the Class, AUA College of Medicine

About Me:

Dr. Narula specializes in the fields of neurology, stroke (vascular) neurology and telestroke. He joins us from University of California, San Diego where he completed his vascular neurology fellowship. Given his passion for using technology to improve patient care, he was involved clinically and operationally with the implementation of UCSD's telestroke program. He received his telemedicine certification from Dr. Brett C. Meyer, author of the STRokEDOC trial and founder of one of the nation's first telestroke programs. 

Dr. Narula completed his three years of neurology residency at Cooper University Hospital, completed one year of internal medicine residency at Drexel University and earned his medical degree from American University of Antigua. As Director of Tele Neuroscience at Cooper Neurological Institute, his mission is to improve quality and access to stroke care across South Jersey. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Heart/American Stroke Association and American Telemedicine Association.

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Tom Noff, MD
Instructor of Neurology
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Tom Noff, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
Internship: Internal Medicine - Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, OH
Residency: Neurology - Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
Fellowship: Neurophysiology - Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

About Me:

Tomer Noff, MD, completed a dual undergraduate program of rabbinics and medicine at the Ner Israel Rabbinical College and Towson University. He was ordained by Israel’s Chief Rabbi and continued to earn his medical degree at the Technion American Medical School in Haifa, Israel. Dr Noff completed his neurology and clinical neurophysiology training at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Dr. Noff serves on the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiganotic Medicine’s assessment examination committee. 

Dr. Noff sees general neurology patients with a special interest in electromyography, neuropathy, neuromuscular disease, and headache. He performs electromyography as well as onobotulinum injections and auricular accupuncture.

Mark Rader, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
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Mark Rader, PhD

Education Background:

Graduate School: Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Internship: Devereux Foundation, Villanova, PA

Special Interests:

Traumatic brain injury, dementia, movement disorders, and epilepsy.

About Me:

Mark A. Rader, PhD, is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist who has been in active practice for over thirty years. He has been with Cooper University Health Care since 2005, where he conducts neuropsychological evaluations, sees patients for individual psychotherapy, and is on the inpatient consultation service.

Currently an assistant professor of neurology at the CMSRU, he is actively involved in the training and supervision of pre- and post-doctoral students in neuropsychology and medical students. His experience includes inpatient and outpatient reha­bilitation with a special focus on the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and emotional disorders arising from them. He has published and presented on many topics related to TBI and has also volunteered his time leading a support group since 2001.

Larisa Syrow, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
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Larisa Syrow, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
Internship: Internal Medicine - Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Residency: Neurology - Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, NY
Fellowship: Neurology - Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certifications:

General Neurology, Headache Medicine, Clinical Neurophysiology (EMG, EEG testing)

Special Interests:

Headaches, migraines, botulinum toxin (Botox) treatments for chronic migraines, EMG testing, general neurology, medical education

About Me:

Larisa Syrow, MD, completed her undergraduate studies at SUNY Binghamton and subsequently received her medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University. She com­pleted residency in neurology at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical center, followed by fellowship training in clinical neurophysiology at Hahnemann/Drexel Medical Center. She subsequently received board certification in headache medicine. 

She sees general neurology patients and has a special interest in patients with headaches and migraines, with expertise in delivering Botox injections.  Additionally she performs EMG testing and inter­prets EEGs. 

Dr. Syrow is the director for the CMSRU Neurology clerkship and has played an active role in teaching neurology to medical students and residents for which she has won many awards.  She speaks Russian and Spanish languages and is passionate about delivering health care to the Spanish-speaking population.

Ryna Then, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
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Ryna Then, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: Instituto Tecnologico De Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Internship: Internal Medicine - Metropolitan Hospital Center, New York, NY
Residency: Neurology - Montefiore Medical Center, New York, NY
Fellowship: Vascular Neurology - Montefiore Medical Center, New York, NY

Board Certifications:

Neurology, Vascular Neurology

Special Interests:

Stroke (ischemic and hemorrhagic), primary and secondary stroke prevention

Memberships:

American Academy of Neurology

About Me:

Ryna K. Then, MD earned her medical degree from Instituto Tecnologico De Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and joined Cooper University Health Care after a vascular neurology fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center. As director of the inpatient stroke unit, she has a great clinical interest in treating critically ill patients who have various challenging neurological disorders, particularly those with complicated strokes.

Dr. Then’s enthusiasm for teaching has been acknowledged through awards for outstanding achievement in teaching medi­cal students. Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Then is a dedicated advocate for her patients and works tirelessly to provide outstanding and compassionate care to people in great need. Dr. Then is active in frequent outreach projects throughout southern New Jersey, with a focus on promoting stroke awareness and prevention in the community. This enthusiasm resulted in her receiving the “Outstanding Hispanic Woman” award in 2015, granted by El Diario, to women who have made a difference in the Hispanic com­munity.

Michael Weston, MD
Instructor of Neurology
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Michael Weston, MD

Education Background:

Medical School: Windsor University School of Medicine, St. Kitts, West Indies
Internship: Internal Medicine - St. Mary Mercy Hospital, Livonia, MI
Residency: Neurology - Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ

Special Interests:

General neurology, multiple sclerosis

About Me:

Michael Weston, MD, joins the neurology faculty after complet­ing his residency at Cooper University Health Care. Dr. Weston graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in cognitive science, and attended Windsor Medical School. He has presented research posters at the AAN annual meeting. Dr. Weston’s focus is on general neurology with an emphasis on multiple sclerosis. Dr. Weston has received accolades from medical students and junior residents for his compassionate teaching abilities and mentorship, further complementing our robust educational resources