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David Ross Bearden, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 275-2808

Fax: (585) 275-3683

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Neurology, Pediatrics

Biography

I am a pediatric neurologist with a focus on neurogenetic disorders and infectious or inflammatory conditions affecting the central nervous system. As a neurogeneticist, I am interested in identifying genetic causes for children with epilepsy, developmental delays, movement disorders, and other neurologic conditions. My interest in neurogenetics stems from the belief that we can identify targeted therapies for children with rare disorders based on a better understanding of the mechanisms of these disorders. I care for children with a variety of conditions, with a good portion of my practice being dedicated to epilepsy. In addition, I take care of children with neurologic problems associated with immunodeficiencies and central nervous system infections.

My research has two main areas. First, I study neurologic complications of common infectious disorders such as HIV, and look at the epidemiology of neurologic disorders in low-resource settings. Second, I investigate the epidemiology and optimal treatments of genetic epilepsies, with a particular interest in channelopathies. I am the director of the KCNT/Migrating Partial Seizures of Infancy registry, a longitudinal study of one form of genetic epilepsy that is attempting to better understand natural history and optimal treatments for this disorder.

In addition to my clinical practice and research at the University of Rochester, I also work in Sub-Saharan Africa with children with HIV, and teach at the medical schools of the University of Zambia and the University of Botswana.

Credentials

Specialties

  • Neurology - American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Education

2006
MD | University of Rochester Medical Center

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2011 - 06/30/2013
Fellowship in Epidemiology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

07/01/2009 - 06/30/2011
Residency in Pediatric Neurology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

07/01/2006 - 07/01/2007
Internship in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

7/1/2007 - 6/30/2008
Residency in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

7/01/2008 - 7/01/2009
Internship in Pediatric Neurology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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Publications

Journal Articles

6/15/2020
Bearden DR, Omech B, Rulaganyang I, Sesay SO, Kolson DL, Kasner SE, Mullen MT. "Stroke and HIV in Botswana: A prospective study of risk factors and outcomes." Journal of the neurological sciences.. 2020 Jun 15; 413:116806. Epub 2020 Mar 26.

10/2019
Bearden DR, Gheuens S. "Neuroimaging and pediatric HIV." Neurology. Clinical practice.. 2019 Oct 0; 9(5):371-372.

9/9/2019
Dean O, Buda A, Adams HR, Mwanza-Kabaghe S, Potchen MJ, Mbewe EG, Kabundula PP, Moghaddam SM, Birbeck GL, Bearden DR. "Brain Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings Associated With Cognitive Impairment in Children and Adolescents With Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Zambia." Pediatric neurology.. 2019 Sep 9; Epub 2019 Sep 09.

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