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Derek J Chong, MD, MSc, FRCPc
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology
Director, Vanderbilt Epilepsy Clinic, New York Presbyterian Hospital
Director, Clinical Trials, Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center


  • MD: University of Calgary, Canada
  • Residency: University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • Fellowship: Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia University
Board Certification:
American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry, specialty in Neurology
American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry, subspecialty in Clinical Neurophysiology
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, subspecialty in Sleep Medicine
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, FRCP(C), Division of Medicine, Specialist in Neurology
Diplomate, Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists (EEG) 

Office Locations:
Neurological Institute
710 West 168th Street (btw Fort Washington and Haven Ave)
7th Floor
New York, NY 10032
Phone: 212-305-1742
Fax: 212-305-4550

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Doctor Chong was born and raised in Canada, attending McMaster University for his Bachelor's degree in biology, and following it with a Master's in Science in Brain and Behavior. His medical degree was completed at the University of Calgary and he was a resident and chief resident in neurology at the University of Western Ontario. He then spent 2 years training with the Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, focused on clinical neurophysiology (EEG, evoked potentials), sleep medicine and the clinical and surgical approaches to epilepsy. In addition to his current clinical responsibilities, a large portion of his time is devoted to research. He is Director of Clinical Trials at the Epilepsy Center, and is principal investigator in multiple projects. The current focus is on why seizures continue to occur in some people, despite using multiple medications. The studies range from investigating new therapies, to mechanisms and improving diagnostic tests. His current work is being supported by the American Epilepsy Society and the Milken Family Foundation.

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