R. Mark Richardson, MD, PhDAssistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Director, Adult Epilepsy Surgery Program
Co-Director, Functional Neurosurgery Program
Director, Brain Modulation Laboratory
Mark Richardson, MD, PhD is director of Adult Epilepsy Surgery and co-director of Functional Neurosurgery at UPMC Presbyterian.
Dr. Richardson received his undergraduate education at the University of Virginia. He completed his medical and doctoral education in the MD/PhD program at the Medical College of Virginia, where his interest in adult neurogenesis led to an NIH National Research Service Award.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in 2011, Dr. Richardson completed neurosurgical residency at the University of California San Francisco where he received specialized training in epilepsy neurosurgery, deep brain stimulation, and brain mapping during awake craniotomies. Additionally, he received an NIH National Research Service Award to study gene therapy delivery to the brain.
Dr. Richardson’s clinical specialization is comprehensive epilepsy surgery and deep brain stimulation for movement disorders. He started the interventional-MRI DBS program at UPMC, and his additional clinical expertise includes intraoperative mapping to preserve brain function, including language, in patients who are awake during epilepsy and tumor surgery.
Dr. Richardson directs the Brain Modulation Laboratory, which studies brain activity in epilepsy and movement disorder patients. The lab also houses the Surgical Epilepsy Brain and Biomarker Databank.
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Dr. Richardson's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Professional Organization Membership:
American Epilepsy Society
American Association of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
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The Brain Modulation Laboratory in the Department of Neurological Surgery studies human brain electrophysiology, imaging, histopathology and cognition in patients undergoing surgery for epilepsy and movement disorders. The goal of these studies is to improve our understanding of potential targets for therapeutic modulation. A related focus of the lab is the development of nonhuman primate models to test novel hypotheses related to the treatment of these disorders.