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Dale C. Hesdorffer, PhD

Dale C. Hesdorffer, PhD

Sergievsky Center
630 W 168 St
New York, NY 10032

Phone: 212-305-2392

Dale Hesdorffer is a Professor of Epidemiology( in the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center) at the Columbia University Medical Center.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Hesdorffer graduated from Barnard College in 1981 with a BA in Biology. After working for a few years in a laboratory at the Rockefeller University, she entered the School of Public Health at Columbia University, earning an MPH in epidemiology in 1989, an M. Phil. in 1990 and a Ph.D. in 1993. Dr. Hesdorffer was a Sergievsky Scholar in 1991. She did her post-doctoral research training under Dr. W.A. Hauser at the GH Sergievsky Center through a grant from the Epilepsy Foundation of America. From 1995 to 1999, Dr. Hesdorffer was an Associate Research Scientist at the GH Sergievsky Center and from 1994 until 1999, she was also a Lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia's School of Public Health. Since 1999, Dr. Hesdorffer has been an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Mailman School of Public Health. She is a member of an expert panel convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epilepsy Program to develop operational case definitions of epilepsy for use in population-based studies and surveillance of epilepsy. Dr. Hesdorffer is a consultant to the Epilepsy Therapy Development Project, which concerns the teratogentic effects of anticonvulsant drugs. She is a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of America and serves on the Foundation's Research Council. Dr. Hesdorffer is currently co-editing a book entitled First unprovoked seizure to newly diagnosed epilepsy with Drs. Arzimanoglou, Ryvlin, Camfield, and Beghi. She is a member of an Institute of Medicine committee on Traumatic Brain Injury in veterans. Additionally, Dr. Hesdorffer is on the editorial board of Epilepsy Research.

Research Summary

Dr. Hesdorffer's work is divided between studies of convulsive disorders and studies of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Current research investigates the comorbidity of epilepsy and psychiatric disorders through a case-control study of incident unprovoked seizure and epilepsy in Iceland and more recently though a follow-up of Dr. Berg's Connecticut cohort of children with epilepsy. Her work on febrile seizures includes a study of the epidemiology of brain abnormalities among children with febrile seizures, and a study of outcomes following febrile status epilepticus (SE). In collaboration with Dr. Hauser, she studies the consequences of SE in Rochester, Minnesota. Other work on seizures includes studies of the incidence and prevalence of unprovoked seizures and epilepsy in Washington Heights and Inwood and the prevalence of epilepsy in rural Kansas. Her work on TBI involves trauma center surveys of compliance with acute care guidelines, quality improvement programs of the acute management of severe TBI in New York State, and direct of the data input unit of a data-coordinating center for clinical trials in TBI.


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