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Michael J. Potchen, M.D.

Michael J. Potchen, M.D.

Imaging Sciences

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About Me

Professional Background

Dr. Potchen is a Board Certified Radiologist with CAQ's in Neuroradiology

Professor Potchen received his Bachelor's Degree in Physiology at Michigan State University. He completed his M.D. at Michigan State University's (MSU) College of Human Medicine and his Radiology Residency in Grand Rapi...
Dr. Potchen is a Board Certified Radiologist with CAQ's in Neuroradiology

Professor Potchen received his Bachelor's Degree in Physiology at Michigan State University. He completed his M.D. at Michigan State University's (MSU) College of Human Medicine and his Radiology Residency in Grand Rapids Michigan in the MSU affiliated GRAMEC program. He did his Neuroradiology Fellowship at Duke University. Following that, he served in various positions in the Department of Radiology at MSU including Fellowship Director, Clinical Director and Chief of Clinical Programs. He served as Core Faculty in MSU's African Studies Center and the International Neurologic & Psychiatric Epidemiology Program before recently relocating to the University of Rochester. He presently serves as Director of Diagnostic & Interventional Neuroradiology in the Department of Imaging Sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

His primary interests are in teaching and research. He has taught extensively at all levels of undergraduate and graduate education. His research interests are internationally focused and include imaging in resource poor settings and the MRI findings in pediatric cerebral malaria. He has numerous publications in these and related areas. He has received funding from Governmental and Foundation sources. He is presently the Primary Investigator on a Dana Foundation Neuroimaging grant. He is presently President of the Eastern Radiologic Society.

Certified Specialties

Diagnostic Radiology - American Board of Radiology

Faculty Appointments

Professor - Department of Imaging Sciences (SMD)


Residency & Fellowship

Fellowship, Neuroradiology, Duke University School of Nursing. 1993 - 1994

Residency, Radiology, General, Grand Rapids Family Practice Residency Program. 1989 - 1993

Internship, Grand Rapids Family Practice Residency Program. 1988 - 1989


MD | Michigan State University Clinical Center (USA). 1988


Fulbright Specialist. 2015

MSU Gamma Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society. 2012


I am a neuroradiologist who has been involved in neuroimaging in sub-Saharan Africa since 2005 when I began assisting with efforts for the establishment of the Malawi MRI Facility at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre Malawi. I have been funded in neuroimaging research in Malawi and Zambia...
I am a neuroradiologist who has been involved in neuroimaging in sub-Saharan Africa since 2005 when I began assisting with efforts for the establishment of the Malawi MRI Facility at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre Malawi. I have been funded in neuroimaging research in Malawi and Zambia since that time. I have been involved with various studies including new-onset seizure patients with HIV in Zambia. I am presently serving as a co-investigator on NIH-funded studies of acute cerebral malaria patients as well as PI on a Dana foundation neuroimaging grant aimed at using a higher field MRI in Zambia to validate the Malawi MRI work. I have been involved in training physicians from Africa and Northern Europe in MRI interpretation since 1996 through institutional support as well as NIH funding. I developed a training curriculum for radiology training in Zambia for which I obtained support from the Zambian Ministry of Health in 2011.I am very interested in neuroimaging as a tool to expand and enhance our understanding of neurologic disorders in resource poor, tropical settings. I led the efforts to develop NeuroInterp, a neuroradiologic research tool that allows for quantification of neuroimaging findings in a searchable data base format designed for use in resource limited settings. I have also had opportunities to lead neuroimaging research in Africa using CT technology, which is often the only imaging modality available. I have traveled extensively in sub-Saharan Africa and reside in the southern African region for several months annually. My interest in training international fellows in neuroradiology, facilitating the use of clinical neuroimaging data through explicit interpretation, optimizing neuroimaging techniques in resource poor settings and the study of neurologic disorders in sub-Saharan Africa will allow me contribute to these efforts.


Journal Articles

New Onset Seizure in HIV-infected Adult Zambians: A Search for Causes and Consequences.

Siddiqu, O.K.; Elafros, M.A.; Bositis, C.M.; Koralinik, I.J.; Theodore, W.H.; Okulicz, J.F.; Kalungwana, L.; Potchen, M.J.; Sikazwwe, I.; Birbeck, G.L.

Neurology. 2017; 88(5): 477-482.

Validation of Diffusion Measurements Obtained on a 0.35T MR in Malawi: Important Insights for Radiologists in Low Income Settings with Low field MRI.

Zhuang, Y; Potchen, M.J.; Kampondeni, S.D.; Tivarus, M.; Birbeck, G.L.; Zhong, J.

Magn Reson Imaging. 2017; 12(45): 120-128.

HIV and New Onset Seizures: Slipping Through the Cracks in HIV Care and Treatment

Sikazwe I; Elafros MA; Bositis CM; Siddiqi OK; Koralnik IJ; Kalungwana L; Theodore WH; Okulicz JF; Potchen MJ; Birbeck GL.

HIV Med. 2016; 17(2): 118-23.

Qualitative Analysis of Double Inversion Recovery MRI in Drug-Resistant Epilepsy

Wychowski T; Hussain A; tivarus ME; Birbeck GL; Berg MJ; Potchen MJ.

Epilepsy Res. 2016; 127: 195-99.

Safety of Lumbar punctures in Comatose Children with Clinical Features of Cerebral Malaria

Moxon CA; Zhao L; Li C; Seydel KB; MacCormick IJ; Diggle PJ; Mallewa M; Solomon T; Beare NA; Glover SJ; Harding SP; Lewallen S; Kampondeni S; Potchen MJ; Taylor TE; Postels DG.

Neurology. 2016; 87(2355-62).

Acute EEG findings in HIV-infected Zambian adults with new onset seizure Neurology.

Siddiqi OK; Elafros MA; Birbeck GL; Sikazwe I; Kalungwana L; Potchen MJ; Bositis CM; Koralnik IJ; Theodore WT.

Neurology. 2015; 84(13): 1317-22.

Brain Swelling and Death in Children with Cerebral Malaria

Seydel, KB; Kampondeni, SD; Valim, C; Potchen, MJ; Milner DA; Muwalo, FW; Birbeck, GL; Bradley, WG; Fox, LL; Glover, SJ; Hammond, CA; Heyderman, RS; Chilingulo, CA; Molyneux, ME; Taylor, TE.

The new England Journal of Medicine. 2015; 372(12): 1126-37.

Lipid Metabolites of the Phospholipase A2 Pathway and Inflammatory Cytokines are Associated With Brain Volume in Pediatric Cerebral Malaria

Pappa V; Seydel K; Gupta S; Feintuch CM; Potchen MJ; Kampondeni S; Goldman-Yassen A; Veenstra M; Lopez L; Kim RS; Berman JW; Taylor T; Daily JP.

Malar J. 2015; 14(1): 513.

Brain MRI of children with retinopathy-negative cerebral malaria.

Postels DG, Li C, Birbeck GL, Taylor TE, Seydel KB, Kampondeni SD, Glover SJ, Potchen MJ

The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene.. 2014 November 91 (5):943-9. Epub 09/08/2014.

Neuroimaging abnormalities and seizure recurrence in a prospective cohort of Zambians with human immunodeficiency virus and first seizure.

Potchen, MJ; Siddiqi, OK; Elafros, MA; Koralnik, IJ; Theodore, WH; Sikazwe, I; Kalungwana, L; Bositis, CM; Birbeck,GL.

Neurology International. 2014; 6(4).

Cerebral convexity subarachnoid hemorrhage: various causes and role of diagnostic imaging

Mangla R; Drumsta D; Alamst J; Mangla M; Potchen M.

Emergency Radiology. 2014; .

Magnetic resonance imaging during life: the key to unlock cerebral malaria pathogenesis?

Mohanty S; Taylor TE; Kampondeni S; Potchen MJ; Panda P; Majhi M; Mishra SK; Wassmer SC.

Malaria journal. 2014; 13.

NeuroInterp: a method for facilitating neuroimaging research on cerebral malaria.

Potchen MJ, Kampondeni SD, Ibrahim K, Bonner J, Seydel KB, Taylor TE, Birbeck GL

Neurology.. 2013 August 681 (6):585-8. Epub 1900 01 01.

Brain imaging in normal kids: a community-based MRI study in Malawian children.

Potchen MJ, Kampondeni SD, Mallewa M, Taylor TE, Birbeck GL

Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH.. 2013 April 18 (4):398-402. Epub 01/18/2013.

MRI findings in a cohort of brain injured survivors of pediatric cerebral malaria.

Kampondeni SD, Potchen MJ, Beare NA, Seydel KB, Glover SJ, Taylor TE, Birbeck GL

The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene.. 2013 March 88 (3):542-6. Epub 01/21/2013.

Acute brain MRI findings in 120 Malawian children with cerebral malaria: new insights into an ancient disease.

Potchen MJ, Kampondeni SD, Seydel KB, Birbeck GL, Hammond CA, Bradley WG, DeMarco JK, Glover SJ, Ugorji JO, Latourette MT, Siebert JE, Molyneux ME, Taylor TE

AJNR. American journal of neuroradiology.. 2012 October 33 (9):1740-6. Epub 04/19/2012.

Magnetic resonance imaging research in sub-Saharan Africa: challenges and satellite-based networking implementation.

Latourette MT, Siebert JE, Barto RJ, Marable KL, Muyepa A, Hammond CA, Potchen MJ, Kampondeni SD, Taylor TE

Journal of digital imaging.. 2011 August 24 (4):729-38. Epub 1900 01 01.

Magnetic resonance imaging in Malawi: contributions to clinical care, medical education and biomedical research.

Potchen MJ, Kampondeni S, Birbeck GL, Hammond CA, Gonani A, Phiri KS, Seydel KB, Taylors TE

Malawi medical journal : the journal of Medical Association of Malawi.. 2011 June 23 (2):60-4. Epub 1900 01 01.

MR carotid plaque imaging and contrast-enhanced MR angiography identifies lesions associated with recent ipsilateral thromboembolic symptoms: an in vivo study at 3T.

Demarco JK, Ota H, Underhill HR, Zhu DC, Reeves MJ, Potchen MJ, Majid A, Collar A, Talsma JA, Potru S, Oikawa M, Dong L, Zhao X, Yarnykh VL, Yuan C

AJNR. American journal of neuroradiology.. 2010 September 31 (8):1395-402. Epub 07/22/2010.

Alternative oblique head CT scanning technique reduces bone artifact and improves interpretability of brainstem anatomy.

Kampondeni S, Birbeck GL, Oostveen RJ, Hammond C, Potchen MJ

Neurology international.. 2010 June 212 (1):e14. Epub 06/21/2010.

Neuroimaging findings in children with retinopathy-confirmed cerebral malaria.

Potchen MJ, Birbeck GL, Demarco JK, Kampondeni SD, Beare N, Molyneux ME, Taylor TE

European journal of radiology.. 2010 April 74 (1):262-8. Epub 04/03/2009.

The Challenges of Brain MRI in Malawi: Normative Data are Needed!

Potchen MJ; Kampondeni S; Taylor TE, Hammond C; Birbeck G.

Journal of Neurological Sciences. 2009; 285: S71.

A systematic review of neuroimaging for cerebral palsy.

Korzeniewski SJ, Birbeck G, DeLano MC, Potchen MJ, Paneth N

Journal of child neurology.. 2008 February 23 (2):216-27. Epub 1900 01 01.

EEG and Neuroimaging Findings in Malawian Childhood Cerebral Malaria Survivors

Birbeck G; Potchen MJ; Kaplan PW; Molyneux M; Taylor HR.

Neurology. 2007; 12((sup 1)): A138.

High b-value diffusion-weighted MRi of adult brain: image contrast and apparent diffusion coefficent map features

DeLano MC; Cooper TG; Siebert JE; Potchen MJ; Kuppusamy K.

AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2000; 2: 1830-1836.

The imaging of brain function; positron emission tomography, single-photon emission computed tomography, and some prospects for magnetic resonance

Potchen EJ; Potchen MJ.

Investigative Radiology. 1991; 26(3): 258-265.

High field magnetic resonance imaging of paranasal sinus inflammatory disease

Moore JB; Potchen MJ; Waldenmaier N; SIerra A; Potchen EJ.

Laryngoscope. 1986; 96(3): 267-271.

Coping With stress--A medical Student's Perspective

Potchen, M.J.

Michigan Medicine. 1985; 84(8): 431.

Measuring performance in chest radiology

Potchen EJ; Cooper TG; Sierra AE; Aben GR; Potchen MJ; Potter MG; Siebert JE.

Radiology. 217: 456-459.

Brain swelling predicts death in pediatric cerebral malaria



Diagnostic Radiology (1997)

Chapter: Magnetic Resonance Angiography

Authors: Pernicone JR; Siebert JE; Potchen MJ

Publisher: Churchill Livingstone Publications 1997