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Our Team

The program for translational brain mapping brings together clinicians and scientists at the Universtiy of Rochester committed to the vision of advancing patient care through personalized brain mapping. 

PilcherWebster Pilcher, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinical Director, Program for Translational Brain Mapping
Ernest & Thelma Del Monte Distinguished Professor of Neuromedicine
Chairman of Neurosurgery

Dr. Webster Pilcher is the Ernest and Thelma Del Monte Distinguished Professor of Neuromedicine and Chairman of Neurosurgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He is a graduate of Colgate University and the University of Rochester Medical School where he received his MD/PhD. Following neurosurgery training at the University of Rochester, he was awarded the Charles A. Ellsberg fellowship to study epilepsy and brain tumor surgery with George Ojemann, MD, at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1990, Dr. Pilcher joined the faculty at the University of Rochester and with colleagues in the Department of Neurology, developed a large epilepsy monitoring and surgery program. Appointed to the Chair position in 2002, Dr. Pilcher embarked upon growing a small clinical service consisting of 5 neurosurgeons into a nationally recognized academic and clinical enterprise. A community-wide Neurosurgery initiative (Rochester Neurosurgery Partners) now provides care in all health systems in Rochester and 10 regional clinics. In 2007, Dr. Pilcher was appointed head of the URMC Neuromedicine Integrated Disease Program and more recently was instrumental in the creation of the Del Monte Neuromedicine Institute. This Institute will be charged with developing translational research programs focused on stroke, neuro-oncology, brain and spinal cord injury, neurodegenerative disorders and other neurological disorders. Dr. Pilcher’s clinical focus includes epilepsy surgery, brain tumors and general neurosurgery.

Brad MahonBradford Z. Mahon, Ph.D.
Scientific Director, Program for Translational Brain Mapping
Associate Professor Dept of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Department of Neurosurgery
Department of Neurology, Center for Visual Sciences, Center for Language Sciences

Dr. Brad Mahon is a cognitive neuroscientist who studies how the brain recovers from injury, and how state-of-the-art brain mapping technologies can be optimized and interfaced with neurosurgical interventions. His research uses functional and structural MRI and behavioral analysis to study disruption and recovery of neural systems in patients with various types of brain disease, including tumor, epilepsy, stroke and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Mahon received his PhD from Harvard University in 2009. His research is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the the National Institute for Health.

Curriculum Vitae for Dr. Mahon

Affiliated Clinical Faculty:

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Kevin Walter, M.D.

Yan Michael Li


Yan Michael Li, M.D., Ph.D.



Clinical Staff:

Susan O. Smith, RN, NP
Jacqueline M. Behr, RN, MS

Research Staff:
As clinical research coordinators, our job is to make it as easy as possible for you to participate in this research. Whether it’s arranging transportation or hotel rooms, guiding you through the testing itself, or processing the results of your exams, our team is committed to working with you and your families to facilitate your participation in these studies, and ensuring we provide the very best information to your clinical team.

Max Sims
Emily Prentiss
Colleen Schneider
Ben Chernoff
Quanjing Chen