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Debra E. Roberts, M.D., Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Administrative: (585) 275-9238

Office: (585) 275-9238

Fax: (585) 276-1543

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentNot Accepting New Patients

Patient Care Setting

Neurology

Biography

Professional Background

Debra Roberts, MD, PhD is Assistant Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Medicine and serves at University of Rochester Medical Center in the NeuroMedical ICU. Dr. Roberts earned a BA with honors in Biological Sciences at the University of Delaware and an MD, PhD at Boston University School of Medicine. Her PhD thesis focused on normal aging of the non-human primate hypothalamus and the effects of orexin on activity cycles in aging. She undertook her clinical training at Washington University in St. Louis, including an internal medicine internship, neurology residency, and neurocritical care fellowship. After completing fellowship, Dr. Roberts joined the NeuroMedical ICU at the University of Rochester.

Dr. Roberts is board certified in Neurology and Neurocritical Care. She has special interests in quality and process improvement in Neurocritical Care, as well as prevention of in-hospital complications in critically ill patients.

Credentials

Specialties

  • Neurocritical Care - United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties
  • Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Education

2009
MD, PhD | Boston University School of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2010 - 06/30/2013
Residency in Neurology at Barnes Jewish Hospital

7/1/2013 - 06/30/2015
Fellowship in Neurology at Washington University in St. Louis/Barnes Jewish Hospital

6/20/2009 - 6/30/2010
Internship in Internal Medicine at Barnes Jewish Hospital

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Awards

2020
Medical Center Board Excellence Award for Trauma Team
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center
Location: Rochester, NY

2019
A.B. Baker Teacher Recognition Award
Sponsor: American Academy of Neurology
Location: Philadelphia, PA

2018 - 2018
Greater Rochester Quality Council Silver Award for Operations Excellence – for UPP team work

2018
Presidential Citation, Neurocritical Care Society
Location: Boca Raton, FL

2018
Neurology Faculty Teaching Award, University of Rochester Medical Center

2018
Lean Performance Excellence Award, Gold, Innovative Thinker

2017
812 UPP Team Based Quality Improvement Award
Location: University of Rochester Medical Center

2017
Emergency Medicine Department Award for Excellence in Teaching by Off-Service Physician

2016
Excellence Award for Physician granted by University of Rochester Medical Center Board

2000 - 2009
MD-PhD Deans Scholarship
Sponsor: Boston University
Location: Boston University

1999
Richard M. Johnson, Jr. Memorial Award for outstanding junior in the biologic sciences
Sponsor: University of Delaware
Location: University of Delaware

1999
Charles Peter White Fellowship, monetary award for undergraduate research
Sponsor: University of Delaware
Location: University of Delaware

1998 - 2000
Beta Beta Beta, Biological Honor Society, Chapter President
Sponsor: University of Delaware
Location: University of Delaware

1998 - 2000
Beta Beta Beta, Biological Honor Society
Sponsor: University of Delaware
Location: University of Delaware

1998
Science and Engineering Scholar, monetary award for outstanding junior in the biological sciences
Sponsor: University of Delaware
Location: University of Delaware

1998
Golden Key National Honor Society
Sponsor: University of Delaware
Location: University of Delaware

1997
Alpha Lambda Delta, Freshman Honor Society
Sponsor: University of Delaware
Location: University of Delaware

1997
First Year Honor's Certificate
Sponsor: University of Delaware
Location: University of Delaware

1996 - 2000
Dean's List
Sponsor: University of Delaware
Location: University of Delaware

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Publications

Journal Articles

3/2020
Li YI, Ventura N, Towner JE, Li K, Roberts DE, Li YM. "Risk factors and associated complications with unplanned intubation in patients with craniotomy for brain tumor." Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia.. 2020 Mar 0; 73:37-41. Epub 2020 Feb 05.

2020
Rahmani R, Houk C, Gargan C, Paulzak A, Fodness J, Roberts. "D. Minimizing door to treatment time: Creating a "Go Bag" for external ventricular drain placement." World Journal of Surg and Surg Res. 2020; Volume 3.

7/30/2019
Roberts D, Nourollah-Zadeh E. "Cerebral vasospasm after subarachnoid hemorrhage: Is more endovascular therapy the answer?" Neurology.. 2019 Jul 30; 93(5):192-193. Epub 2019 Jul 05.

Books & Chapters

2019
Chapter Title: Management of Intracranial Hypertension and Status Epilepticus. Adult
Book Title: Critical Care Medicine: A Clinical Casebook
Author List: Begley C and Roberts DE.
Published By: Springer Switzerland 2019

2018
Chapter Title: Mechanical Ventilation after Neurosurgery
Book Title: Mechanical Ventilation in Critically Ill Cancer Patients
Author List: Roberts D and Szalados JE.
Published By: Springer 2018

2017
Chapter Title: Management of Intracranial Hypertension and Status Epilepticus.
Book Title: Adult Critical Care Medicine: A Clinical Casebook
Author List: Begley C and Roberts DE.
Published By: Springer 2017

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