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

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Appointment: (585) 276-6500

Administrative: (585) 275-1198

Office: (585) 275-1198

Fax: (585) 276-1123

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Emergency Medicine


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.



  • Internal Medicine


BA | Brown University

MD | Univ Rochester Sch Med/Dent

MPH | University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Clinical Investigation

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

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


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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Journal Articles

Anto-Ocrah M, Cushman J, Karafanda M, Lewis V, Jusko TA, Bazarian J, van Wijngaarden E, Jones CM. "Does hospital mode of arrival influence women's decisions to participate in research?" The American journal of emergency medicine.. 2018 Nov 14; Epub 2018 Nov 14.

Fiandaca MS, Gross TJ, Johnson TM, Hu MT, Evetts S, Wade-Martins R, Merchant-Borna K, Bazarian J, Cheema AK, Mapstone M, Federoff HJ. "Potential Metabolomic Linkage in Blood between Parkinson's Disease and Traumatic Brain Injury." Metabolites.. 2018 Sep 7; 8(3)Epub 2018 Sep 07.

Bazarian JJ, Biberthaler P, Welch RD, Lewis LM, Barzo P, Bogner-Flatz V, Gunnar Brolinson P, Büki A, Chen JY, Christenson RH, Hack D, Huff JS, Johar S, Jordan JD, Leidel BA, Lindner T, Ludington E, Okonkwo DO, Ornato J, Peacock WF, Schmidt K, Tyndall JA, Vossough A, Jagoda AS. "Serum GFAP and UCH-L1 for prediction of absence of intracranial injuries on head CT (ALERT-TBI): a multicentre observational study." The Lancet. Neurology.. 2018 Sep 0; 17(9):782-789. Epub 2018 Jul 24.

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




3,000 Researchers: Concussion


A Blow to the Head: Understanding the Full Impact of Brain Injuries


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


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