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Ronald G. Emerson, MD


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



Publications by Dr. Emerson

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

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

One of the goals of HSS is to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and related disciplines for the benefit of patients. Physicians at HSS may collaborate with outside companies for education, research and medical advances. HSS supports this collaboration in order to foster medical breakthroughs; however HSS also believes that these collaborations must be disclosed.

As part of the disclosure process, this website lists physician collaborations with outside companies. The disclosures are provided by information provided by the physician and other sources and are updated regularly. Further information may be available on individual company websites.

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.- Founder
  • Johnson & Johnson, Inc. - Ownership Interest
  • NeuroPace - Ownership Interest
  • Pfizer - Ownership Interest
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific - Ownership Interest

By disclosing the collaborations of HSS physicians with industry on this website, HSS and its physicians make this information available to their patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest Policy does not permit physicians to collect royalties on products developed by him/her 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

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