Our Leader


Ali Rezai, MD

Associate Dean, Neuroscience; Director and CEO of the OSU Neurological Institute

I am a board certified neurosurgeon, and my clinical areas of expertise are the neurosurgical management of patients with Parkinson's disease, dystonia, chronic pain, brain and spinal cord injuries, spasticity, as well as depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. My research focuses on understanding the circuitry of neurological disorders, advancing neurological sensor and monitoring technology, and development of surgical tools and new therapeutic strategies for neurological disorders. 

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Our Doctors

Our Advanced Practice Providers


Shannon Linder, DNP, FNP-BC, PMHNP

Certified Nurse Practitioner, Movement Disorders

A certified nurse practitioner, Shannon Linder specializes in neurology of movement disorders. She treats and manages patients with deep brain stimulation, a treatment that can help with movement disorders. She received her training at The Ohio State University, including earning a Doctorate of Nursing Practice, Master of Science Family Nurse Practitioner, Post-master’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Our Researchers


Jennifer Bogner, PhD, ABPP

Vice-Chair of Research and Academic Affairs, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Bogner is the Division Director of Rehabilitation Psychology and a professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her research examines factors influencing traumatic brain injury (TBI) outcomes and executive dysfunction following TBI. She is co-principal investigator of the Ohio Regional TBI Model System and helped develop The Ohio State University TBI Identification Method.

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Marcia Bockbrader, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Bockbrader is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the residency research director. Her research interests are in psychopharmacology, neuropsychology, neuronal plasticity with techniques in electroencephalography and transcranial magnetic stimulation.

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Allison Daley, MS, CGC

Allison Daley is a certified genetic counselor and certified clinical research coordinator in the Department of Neurology. She provides genetic counseling services to patients in the Huntington's Disease and Muscular Dystrophy clinics. Her research interests include Huntington’s disease and other neurogenetic conditions.

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John Corrigan, PhD, ABPP

Director, Traumatic Brain Injury Network

Dr. Corrigan is the director of the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Network and the Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation. His research has focused on long-term patient outcomes from TBI and examined ways to optimize the use of data from patients who received inpatient rehabilitation following medical care for moderate to severe TBI.

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Lynne Gauthier, PhD

Director, Neurorecovery and Brain Imaging Laboratory

Dr. Gauthier is an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and director of the Neurorecovery and Brain Imaging Laboratory. She is known for her research on how the brain reorganizes following stroke and the benefits of rehabilitation, including interventions that use commercially available gaming systems.

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Liang Guo, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Guo's research focuses on neural-interfacing technology, neural prosthetics, biotronic engineering and biological cyber-physical systems. His doctoral research focused on the development of high-density stretchable microelectrode arrays for neural and muscular surface interfacing.

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W. Jerry Mysiw, MD

Professor and Chair, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

W. Jerry Mysiw, MD, is a professor and the Ernest W. Johnson Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. His research has focused on improving outcomes after traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury, particularly on describing the impact of mechanical forces on the progression of neurogenic osteopenia and muscle plasticity secondary to spinal cord injury.

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Randy Nelson, PhD

Distinguished University Professor; Professor and Chair, Department of Neuroscience; Dr. John D. and E. Olive Brumbaugh Chair in Brain Research and Teaching

Dr. Nelson's research addresses the effects of interactions among the nervous, endocrine and immune systems on health. His current studies examine the effects of light at night on metabolism, mood, inflammation and behavior.

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Ali Rezai, MD

Director, Comprehensive Brain and Spine Center

Ali Rezai, MD, is director of Ohio State’s Center for Neuromodulation. A board certified neurosurgeon, he has been involved in pioneering the use of brain pacemakers for treating Parkinson’s disease, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and traumatic brain injury. His current research focuses on developing neuromodulation therapies to treat migraine headaches, asthma, addictions, Alzheimer’s, obesity, post-traumatic stress disorders and autism.

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Douglas Scharre, MD

Director, Division of Cognitive and Memory Disorders

I am a professor of the Departments of clinical neurology and psychiatry. I specialize in cognitive assessment, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia and behavioral disturbances in dementia.

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Zachary Weil, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Weil's research focuses broadly on questions of basic and translational neuroscience that focuses on how environmental and temporal variables can interact with the immune, autonomic and neuroendocrine systems to control physiology and behavior. He is also interested in understanding how environmental variables can render organisms differentially susceptible to nervous system injuries and how these types of phenomena can be studied to help develop treatments for human diseases.

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Nicole Young, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Neuroscience

Dr. Young's research areas include motor deficits and recovery of motor function and affective neuroscience (fear and anxiety). She is currently developing a method for flow fractionator for cell counting in homogenized neural tissue using flow cytometry.

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