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Ronald G. Emerson, MD

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About Dr. Emerson

Dr. Emerson is Director of the Intraoperative Monitoring Program 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.


Specialized Centers

Center for Brachial Plexus and Traumatic Nerve Injury

Special Expertise

Clinical neurophysiology

Patient Stories


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Attending Neurologist, Hospital for Special Surgery


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


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


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

State Licensure



For My Patients

Publications by Dr. Emerson

Selected Journal Articles

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

Clinical Trials / Research Studies

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Emerson as of February 27, 2023.

  • Amgen - Ownership Interest
  • Bristol Myers-Squibb - Ownership Interest
  • Ecolab - Ownership Interest
  • Eli Lilly & Company - Ownership Interest
  • Ice Neurosystems, Inc.- Ownership Interest
  • Johnson & Johnson, Inc. - Ownership Interest
  • NeuroPace - Ownership Interest
  • Pfizer - Ownership Interest
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific - Ownership Interest

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.

Patients should feel free to ask their HSS physicians questions about these relationships.

Dr. Emerson in the News