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Jeffrey J. Bazarian, M.D., M.P.H.

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Dr. Bazarian is an emergency physician with an active concussion clinic and research program. He has served on several traumatic brain injury-related task forces and panels for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Institute of Medicine. In 2008, he worked with the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center to develop mild traumatic brain injury (concussion) management guidelines for returning troops.


The goals of the Bazarian TBI lab are to develop neuroimaging and blood-based biomarkers of axonal injury after concussion and repetitive head hits, and to understand the pathophysiologic mechanisms of recovery. A translational research platform is used to accrue injured subjects through the Emergency Department at the University of Rochester Medical Center as well as contact athletes at the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Since 2009, over 700 collegiate athletes and over 100 non-athletes have been studied using a variety of biomarkers including diffusion tensor imaging, functional MRI, serum brain proteins (such as S100B, GFAP, UCH-L1 and tau), peripheral changes in mRNA expression, the epigenome and the metabolome; computerized cognitive performance, computerized platform posturography, computerized eye-tracking, quantitative EEG. We have integrated objective measures of head impact exposure using sensor technology to understand the relationship between impact biomechanics and brain injury. The strategic use of this comprehensive array of methodologies has shed light on the effects of single and repetitive head hits on brain structure and function, setting the stage for targeted interventions to prevent and mitigate TBI-related disability.




    MD | University of Rochester School of Medicine/Dentistry

    MPH | University of Rochester School of Medicine/Dentistry

    Post-doctoral Training & Residency

    09/01/1987 - 06/01/1990
    Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center


    Deborah Warden Lectureship
    Sponsor: Department of Defense

    Faculty Mentoring Award
    Sponsor: University of Rochester

    Ernst Sayward Award for Excellence in Community and Preventive Medicine

    Kluge Trauma and Emergency Medical Service Award
    Sponsor: Rochester Academy of Medicine

    Clinical Teaching Award
    Sponsor: Emergency Department Residency
    Location: University of Rochester

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    Patent Title: System and Method to Assess Risk of Changes to Brain White Matter Based on Head Impact Dose Equivalent Number
    Patent #: 10,646,154
    Issue Date: May 12, 2020
    Country: United States
    Invented By: Jeffrey J Bazarian, Kian Merchant-Borna


    Journal Articles

    Silverberg ND, Iverson GL, , Cogan A, Dams-O'Connor K, Delmonico R, Graf MJP, Iaccarino MA, Kajankova M, Kamins J, McCulloch KL, McKinney G, Nagele D, Panenka WJ, Rabinowitz AR, Reed N, Wethe JV, Whitehair V, , Anderson V, Arciniegas DB, Bayley MT, Bazarian JJ, Bell KR, Broglio SP, Cifu D, Davis GA, Dvorak J, Echemendia RJ, Gioia GA, Giza CC, Hinds SR, Katz DI, Kurowski BG, Leddy JJ, Sage NL, Lumba-Brown A, Maas AIR, Manley GT, McCrea M, Menon DK, Ponsford J, Putukian M, Suskauer SJ, van der Naalt J, Walker WC, Yeates KO, Zafonte R, Zasler ND, Zemek R. "The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Diagnostic Criteria for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury." Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation.. 2023 May 19; Epub 2023 May 19.

    Bazarian J, Abar B, Merchant-Borna K, Pham DL, Rozen E, Mannix R, Kawata K, Chou YY, Stephen SJ, Gill J. "Effects of physical exertion on early changes in blood-based brain biomarkers: implications for the acute point of care diagnosis of concussion." Journal of neurotrauma.. 2022 Oct 6; Epub 2022 Oct 06.

    Mannix R, Kawata K, Bazarian JJ. "Defining an Approach to Monitoring Brain Health in Individuals Exposed to Repetitive Head Impacts: Lessons Learned from Radiation Safety." Journal of neurotrauma.. 2022 Jul; 39(13-14):897-901.

    Books & Chapters

    Chapter Title: Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury
    Book Title: Goldman-Cecil Medicine
    Author List: Bazarian JJ, Ling G.
    Published By: Elsevier 2018

    Chapter Title: Emergency Department Evaluation of the Concussed Athlete
    Book Title: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
    Author List: Wright DW, Bazarian JJ.
    Published By: Elsevier 2018

    Chapter Title: Mild traumatic Brain Injury
    Book Title: Evidence Based Emergency Medicine
    Author List: Bazarian JJ; Townend W
    Edited By: BH Rowe
    Published By: Blackwell Publishing 2009




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