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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


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.



  • Neurology - American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine


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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Journal Articles

Bonardi CM, Heyne HO, Fiannacca M, Fitzgerald MP, Gardella E, Gunning B, Olofsson K, Lesca G, Verbeek N, Stamberger H, Striano P, Zara F, Mancardi MM, Nava C, Syrbe S, Buono S, Baulac S, Coppola A, Weckhuysen S, Schoonjans AS, Ceulemans B, Sarret C, Baumgartner T, Muhle H, des Portes V, Toulouse J, Nougues MC, Rossi M, Demarquay G, Ville D, Hirsch E, Maurey H, Willems M, de Bellescize J, Altuzarra CD, Villeneuve N, Bartolomei F, Picard F, Hornemann F, Koolen DA, Kroes HY, Reale C, Fenger CD, Tan WH, Dibbens L, Bearden DR, Møller RS, Rubboli G. "KCNT1-related epilepsies and epileptic encephalopathies: phenotypic and mutational spectrum." Brain : a journal of neurology.. 2021 Jun 11; Epub 2021 Jun 11.

Molinaro M, Adams HR, Mwanza-Kabaghe S, Mbewe EG, Kabundula PP, Mweemba M, Birbeck GL, Bearden DR. "Evaluating the Relationship Between Depression and Cognitive Function Among Children and Adolescents with HIV in Zambia." AIDS and behavior.. 2021 Feb 25; Epub 2021 Feb 25.

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.