Prof Ramon Diaz-Arrastia


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Dr. Diaz-Arrastia is Professor of Neurology, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).  He also serves as Director of Clinical Research at the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine (CNRM), a novel collaboration between USUHS, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and the National Institutes of Health designed to promote research in TBI.  Dr. Diaz-Arrastia’s research interests are focused in the area of understanding the molecular, cellular, and tissue level mechanisms of secondary neuronal injury and neuroregeneration with the goal of developing therapeutic interventions. 

Dr. Diaz-Arrastia received his MD and PhD degrees at Baylor College of Medicine in 1988, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha.  After a 1-year medicine internship at Beth Israel Hospital and the Harvard Medical School, he completed his neurology residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.  From 1993 to 2011, Dr. Diaz-Arrastia was on the faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern, where he was promoted to Professor of Neurology in 2006.  At UT Southwestern he was the founding director of the North Texas TBI Research Center, a collaboration between Parkland Memorial Hospital, UT Southwestern, and Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation that brought together neurologists, neurosurgeons, physiatrists, neuroradiologists, and basic scientists working on TBI.  He also served as Clinical Core Director of the UT Southwestern Alzheimer’s Disease Center.  In 2011 he assumed his current position at USUHS and CNRM.   Dr. Diaz-Arrastia has published over 150 primary research papers, as well as over 20 invited reviews and book chapters.  He has also served in several national committees related to TBI research and practice, convened by the Institute of Medicine, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Institute of Aging, the Department of Defense, and the Veterans Administration.  In 2008 he received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Baylor College of Medicine.  


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