Contact Information
  • 800-826-HOPE (4673)
Neal Prakash, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Chief of Neurology
  • Associate Clinical Professor
  • Director, Neuro-Optical Imaging

Biography

Neal Prakash, M.D., Ph.D., is the chief of the Division of Neurology at City of Hope. Before coming to City of Hope, Prakash was an assistant clinical professor at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine and at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Prakash was a resident in the Department of Neurology at UCLA and an intern within the Department of Internal Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University in St. Louis. He received a M.D. and Ph.D. in neurobiology and behavior from the University of California, Irvine. He received B.A. in molecular and cellular biology (neurobiology emphasis) with honors and distinction in general scholarship at the University of California, Berkeley. Prakash has written several peer-to-peer reviewed publications on advanced neuroimaging techniques and brain plasticity. He is a past president of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics. He is a member in good standing within several professional organizations.

Professional Experience

  • 2012 - present, Chief of Neurology, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
  • 2011 - 2012, Neurologist/Scientist, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
  • 2009 - 2011, Neurologist, Neurological Services of Hawaii
  • 2008 - 2011, Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Honolulu, HI
  • 2007 - 2009, ProTem Neurologist, Kaiser Permanente, Honolulu, HI
  • 2006 - 2011, Neurologist, Veterans Affairs Pacific Island Health Care System
  • 2006 - 2007, Visiting Assistant Professor, Magnetic Resonance Research at University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
  • 2005 - 2007, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Neurology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2005 - 2007, Founding Director of Optical Imaging, Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, David Geffen School of Imaging, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Education

Education/Training
  • 2002 - 2005, Resident, Department of Neurology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2001 - 2002, Intern, Department of Internal Medicine, Barnes Jewish Hospital, Washington University in Saint Louis, Saint Louis, MO
  • 1992 - 2001, M.D., Medical Scientist Training Program, University of California Irvine College of Medicine, Irvine, CA
  • 1994 - 1999, Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, University of California Irvine College of Medicine, Irvine, CA
  • 1988 - 1992, B.A., Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California Berkley, Berkley CA

Board Certifications/Licensure
  • Neurology

Honors/Awards

Awards
  • 2013: Super Doctors, Southern California Rising Stars 2013, Neurology.
  • 2013: Pasadena Magazine's 2013 Top Doctors, Neurology.
  • 2006: Leading Health Professionals in the World 2006, Neurology and Neurosciences.
  • 2005, American Association of the Physicians of Indian Origin, Medical Student, Resident and Fellow Research Competition Finalist
  • 2004, UCLA Neurology Resident Jean-Louis Riel Research Award
  • 1999 & 2000, University of California Irvine Vincent P. Carroll Jr. Memorial Research Award

Memberships

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin
  • Hawaii Neurological Society
  • Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics
  • Society for Neuro-Oncology

Publications

  • Theriot J, Toga AW, Prakash N, Ju YS, Brennan KC, Cortical sensory plasticity in a model of migraine with aura. Journal of Neuroscience, 32(44):15252-61, 2012.
  • Kateb B, Chiu K, Black KL, Yamamoto V, Khalsa B, Ljubimova JY, Ding H, Patil R, Portilla-Arias JA, Modo M, Moore DF, Farahani K, Okun MS, Prakash N, Neman J, Ahdoot D, Grundfest W, Nikzad S, Heiss JD, Nanoplatforms for constructing new approaches to cancer treatment, imaging, and drug delivery: What should be the policy? NeuroImage, 54:S1, S106-24, 2011 (ePub 2010).
  • Abstract: Brennan KC, Theriot J, Prakash N, Ju YS, Toga AW, Potentiation and sharpening of sensory maps after spreading depression: A possible mechanism for sensory alterations in migraine, Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 37, 2011.
  • Prakash N, Hageman N, Hua X, Toga AW, Perlman SL, Salamon N, Patterns of fractional anisotropy changes in white matter of cerebellar peduncles distinguish spinocerebellar ataxia-1 from multiple system atrophy and other ataxia syndromes, NeuroImage, 47:T72-81, 2009.
  • Prakash N, Uhlemann F, Sheth SA, Bookheimer S, Martin N, Toga AW, Current Trends in Intraoperative Optical Imaging for Functional Brain Mapping and Delineation of Lesions of Language Cortex, NeuroImage.47:T116-126, 2009.
  • • Prakash N, Uhlemann F, Sheth SA, Bookheimer S, Martin N, Toga AW, Current Trends in Intraoperative Optical Imaging for Functional Brain Mapping and Delineation of Lesions of Language Cortex, NeuroImage.47:T116-126, 2009..
  • Pub med

Locations

  • City of Hope - Main Campus (Duarte)
    1500 East Duarte Road
    Duarte, CA 91010

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