Jeffrey Balzer, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Director, Clinical Services, Center for Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Director, Cerebral Blood Flow Laboratory

Jeffrey Balzer, PhD, is director of clinical operations and staff clinical neurophysiologist at the Center for Clinical Neurophysiology and director of the Cerebral Blood Flow Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

His current research interests range from refining language testing during awake craniotomy procedures to the utilization of signal processing analysis during cerebrovascular procedures. Dr. Balzer received his undergraduate education at the University of Pittsburgh, where he also pursued a graduate education and a PhD in behavioral neuroscience.

He is also the secretary/treasurer of the American Board of Neurophysiological Monitoring and is on the board of directors of the American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring. He has published 114 refereed articles and 17 book chapters.

Specialized Areas of Interest

Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring, subarachnoid hemorrhage, cerebral blood flow and effects of exercise on cerebrovascular function.

Board Certifications

American Board of Neurophysiological Monitoring

Hospital Privileges

Armstrong Regional Health System
Excela Health System
Monongahela Valley Hospital
UPMC Altoona
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
UPMC Horizon
UPMC Jameson
UPMC McKeesport
UPMC Mercy
UPMC Passavant
UPMC Pinnacle
UPMC Presbyterian
UPMC St. Margaret’s
UPMC Shadyside
UPMC Susquehanna
UPMC Western Maryland

Professional Organization Membership

American Clinical Neurophysiology Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Society for Neurophysiological Monitoring (Fellow)
New York Academy of Sciences
Pittsburgh Neuroscience Society

Education & Training

  • BS, Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, 1984
  • MS, Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, 1989
  • PhD, Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, 1994
  • Fellowship, Neurophysiology, University of Pittsburgh, 1994

Selected Publications

Trivedi D, Navid F, Balzer JR, Joshi R, Lacomis JM, Jovin TG, Althouse AD, Gleason TG. Aggressive aortic arch and carotid replacement strategy for type A aortic dissection improves neurologic outcomesAnn Thorac Surg 101(3):896-905, 2016.

Nwachuku EL, Balzer JR, Thirumala PD. Diagnostic value of somatosensory evoked potential changes during carotid endarterectomy: A systematic review and meta-analysisJAMA Neurol 72(1):73-80, 2015.

Yousef KM, Balzer JR, Bender CM, Hoffman LA, Poloyac SM, Ye F, Sherwood PR. Cerebral perfusion pressure and delayed cerebral ischemia after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhageAm J Crit Care Nursing 24(24):E65-E71, 2015.

Ying T, Thirumala P, Chang Y, Habeych M, Crammond DJ, Balzer JR. Empirical factors associated with brainstem auditory evoked potential monitoring during microvascular decompression for hemifacial spasm and its correlation to hearing lossActa Neurochir (Wien) 156:571-575, 2014.

Thirumala PD, Carnovale G, Habeych M, Crammond DJ, Balzer JR. Diagnostic accuracy of brainstem auditory evoked potentials during microvascular decompressionNeurology 83(19):1747-52, 2014.

Ying T, Thirumala PD, Shah A, Nikonow T, Wichman K, Holmes M, Hirsch B, Chang YF,  Gardner P, Habeych M, Crammond DJ, Burkhart L, Horowitz M, Balzer JR. The incidence of high frequency hearing loss after microvascular decompression for hemifacial spasmJ Neurosurg 118(4):719-24, 2013.

Balzer JR, Tomycz ND, Crammond DJ, Habeych M, Thirumala PD, Urgo L, Moossy JJ. Localization of cervical and cervicomedullary stimulation leads for pain treatment using median nerve somatosensory evoked potential collision testingJ Neurosurg 114(1):200-205, 2011.

Smith PN, Balzer JR, Khan MH, Davis RA, Crammond D, Welch WC, Gerszten P, Kang JD, Donaldson WF, Sclabassi RJ. The utility of somatosensory evoked potential monitoring during anterior cervical discectomy and fusion in non-myelopathic patients - A review of 1039 casesThe Spine Journal 7(1):83-87, 2007. 

Pindzola RR, Balzer JR, Nemoto EM, Goldstein S, Yonas H. Cerebrovascular reserve in patients with carotid occlusive disease assessed by Stable Xenon/CT cerebral blood flow and transcranial DopplerStroke 32:1811-1817, 2001.

Balzer JR, Rose RD, Welch WC, Sclabassi RJ. Simultaneous SSEP and EMG recording during lumbosacral decompression and instrumentation. Neurosurgery 42:1318‑1325, 1998.

A complete list of Dr. Balzer's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.