Michael J. Potchen, M.D.

Michael J. Potchen, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 648
Rochester, NY 14642

Fax: (585) 473-4861
Administrative: (585) 275-1839
Office: (585) 273-1569

Professional Bio

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.

Research Bio

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.

Awards & Honors (National)

Fulbright Specialist 2015

Awards & Honors (Local)

MSU Gamma Chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society 2012

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 28 available »

Sikazwe I; Elafros MA; Bositis CM; Siddiqi OK; Koralnik IJ; Kalungwana L; Theodore WH; Okulicz JF; Potchen MJ; Birbeck GL. "HIV and New Onset Seizures: Slipping Through the Cracks in HIV Care and Treatment". HIV Med. 2016; 17(2): 118-23.
Wychowski T; Hussain A; tivarus ME; Birbeck GL; Berg MJ; Potchen MJ. "Qualitative Analysis of Double Inversion Recovery MRI in Drug-Resistant Epilepsy". Epilepsy Res. 2016; 127: 195-99.
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. "Safety of Lumbar punctures in Comatose Children with Clinical Features of Cerebral Malaria". Neurology. 2016; 87(2355-62).
Siddiqi OK; Elafros MA; Birbeck GL; Sikazwe I; Kalungwana L; Potchen MJ; Bositis CM; Koralnik IJ; Theodore WT. "Acute EEG findings in HIV-infected Zambian adults with new onset seizure Neurology." Neurology. 2015; 84(13): 1317-22.
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. "Brain Swelling and Death in Children with Cerebral Malaria". The new England Journal of Medicine. 2015; 372(12): 1126-37.

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Imaging Sciences (SMD) - Primary


Neuroradiology - American Board of Radiology
Radiology - American Board of Radiology


MD | Medicine | Michigan State University College of Human Medicine1988
Graduate | Physiology | Michigan State University1984
BS | Physiology | Michigan State University1983

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Neuroradiology at Duke University Hospital/Duke University Medical Center-GME07/01/1993 - 6/30/1994
Residency in Radiology at St. Mary's Hospital07/01/1989 - 6/30/1993
Internship at St. Mary's Hospital07/01/1988 - 6/30/1989