Ronald G. Emerson, MD

Dr. Emerson directs the intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring at HSS. Monitoring is commonly performed to enhance the safety of surgical procedures that may affect certain nerves or the spinal cord. Prior to coming to HSS, Dr. Emerson developed and headed a similar program at Columbia University Medical Center.


Attending Neurologist, Hospital for Special Surgery


Special Expertise

Clinical neurophysiology


Former President, American Clinical Neurophysiology Society
Board Member, American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology

Specialized Centers


New York University School of Medicine, New York, 1975


Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, 1975-1976


Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA ,1976-1977
Neurology, Johns Hospkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1977-1980


Electroencephalography and Evoked Potentials, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 1980-1981


American Board of Pediatrics, 1980
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; Neurology with Special Competence in Child Neurology, 1981
American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology, 1983
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; Neurology with Added Qualifications in Clinical Neurophysiology, 1994

State Licensure

New York

Selected Publications

Microphysiology of epileptiform activity in human neocortex. Schevon CA, Ng S, Cappell J, Goodman RR, McKhann G, Waziri A, Branner A, Sosunov A, Schroeder CE, Emerson RG. J Clin Neurophysiol 2008;25: 321-330.

Schevon CA, Trevelyan AJ, Schroeder CE, Goodman RR, McKhann G, Jr., Emerson RG. Spatial characterization of interictal high frequency oscillations in epileptic neocortex. Brain 2009; 132: 3047-3059.

Selected Books/Chapters

Emerson RG and Adams DC. Intraoperative Monitoring. In Ebersole JS and Pedley TA. Current Practice of Clinical Electroencephalography. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. 2003:892-922.

Mendiratta, A and Emerson, RG. Transcranial electrical MEP with muscle recording. In: Nuwer MR, ed. Intraoperative Monitoring of Neural Function Elsevier Press. 2008, 260-272.

Research Interests

New methodology for intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring
Neurophysiology of epileptic cortex
Brain-machine interfaces
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Ronald G. Emerson, MD

Contact Information

Office Locations

525 East 71st Street
Belaire Building, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.774.2742
Fax: 212.774.2739