R. Mark Richardson, MD, PhD, FAANSAssistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
Director, Adult Epilepsy and Movement Disorders Surgery
Director, Brain Modulation Laboratory
Faculty Member, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
R. Mark Richardson, MD, PhD, FAANS, is director of Epilepsy and Movement Disorders Surgery 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.
Please also visit Dr. Richardson's Facebook page.
Dr. Richardson's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.
Specialized Areas of Interest
Epilepsy surgery, deep brain stimulation for movement and limbic disorders (including interventional-MRI guided DBS surgery), awake surgery in eloquent brain areas.
Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Professional Organization Membership:
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Association of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
American Epilepsy Society
American Society for Neural Transplantation and Repair
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
International Movement Disorders Society
American Board of Neurological Surgeons
Functional neurosurgery for improving quality of life (pdf)
Allegheny County Medical Society Bulletin
UPMC procedure offers hope for severe OCD cases
August 11, 2014
Health Beat: Parkinson's: Stop the shaking
June 5, 2014
WFMZ-TV 69 (Lehigh Valley, Pa.)
Parkinson’s: Stop the shaking
May 28, 2014
WWSB-TV 7 (Sarasota, Fla.)
Breakthrough Parkinson's treatment stops the shaking
May 27, 2014
WNDU-TV (South Bend, Ind.)
Pittsburgh chef Pais honored at James Beard fundraiser dinner at Art Institute
May 27, 2014
Parkinson’s: Stop The Shaking
May 14, 2014
NewsChannel5.com (Nashville, Tenn.)
New technique minimizes tremors in Parkinson's patient
May 4, 2014
News4Jax.com (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Richardson Discusses Parkinson's and DBS
April 30, 2014
KDKA Radio Morning News
September 23, 2013
'Brain pacemaker' may slow effects of Alzheimer's
March 19, 2013
A return to normalcy for Shadyside chef Toni Pais
March 17, 2013
August 15, 2012
UPMC OnTopic Discussions
Adult Epilepsy Surgery
Dr. Richardson discusses the benefits of epilepsy surgery for adult patients.
Dr. Richardson’s Brain Modulation Lab currently is focused in four main areas:
- study of high frequency oscillations in epilepsy and normal cognition,
- exploring the motor vigor hypothesis of bradykinesia in Parkinson’s disease through study of the encoding of motor motivation in basal ganglia-cortical and cortico-limbic loops,
- the application of deep brain stimulation to the treatment of epilepsy, and
- the analysis of GABAergic innervation of dentate granule cells in resected human epileptic hippocampus.
(See also Dr. Richardson's Brain Modulation Lab webpage.)