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Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship

Faculty & Research Interests


Our faculty comprises a wide range of backgrounds and interests with many holding dual certifications or other advanced degrees. In addition to providing hands-on, 24-hour department supervision and teaching, all faculty members share a commitment to creating an atmosphere that is conducive to the advancement of our specialty.

Faculty members also participate in regional and national professional organizations and research endeavors as well as serving on national committees and organizations dedicated to the growth and development of their specialty.

Dr. Timothy Lynch

Timothy Lynch, M.D.
Assistant Professor and Program Director

Timothy Lynch, MD is an Assistant Professor of Neurology.  He received his MD degree from Brown University and completed his neurology training at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where he also completed fellowships in Epilepsy and EMG/NCS.  He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Neurology with added qualifications in Clinical Neurophysiology. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine in EMG/NCSs and by the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology in Epilepsy Monitoring.  His special interests are Epilepsy and EEG monitoring.

Michael Gruenthal,  M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair

Michael Gruenthal, M.D., Ph.D., co-director of the Neurosciences Institute and Bender Endowed Chair of Neurology comes to AMC from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky where he was the Mason C. and Mary D. Rudd Chair of Neurology and director of the Epilepsy Program. Dr. Gruenthal is a nationally known authority on epilepsy and has directed numerous clinical trials including those aimed at finding ways to prevent harmful effects of seizures on the brain. His work led to the establishment of Kentucky's only "National Association of Epilepsy Centers" Certified Level 4 Epilepsy Center at the University of Louisville. Dr. Gruenthal began his academic career in basic sciences before shifting to the clinical arena. After earning a Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis and completing a post-doctoral fellowship in neuropharmacology at Duke University, he entered medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduating and completing his residency and fellowship training in neurophysiology and epilepsy at the University of Louisville, he joined the faculty there in 1994 as an assistant professor of neurology. In 2000, he was named an associate professor and in 2002, he became chair of neurology and director of the neurology residency-training program. We are pleased to have him head our Department of Neurology.

Anthony Ritaccio, M.D.
Professor

Anthony Ritaccio, M.D. is the  J. Spencer Standish professor of neurology and neurosurgery and director of the Epilepsy and Human Brain Mapping Program at Albany Med.  He received his MD from Albany Medical College.  He completed his neurology training at  Albany Medical Center and a fellowship in Epilepsy and Neurophysiology at the University of  Pittsburgh Epilepsy Center.  He is Board Certified  by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in Neurology with added qualifications in Clinical Neurophysiology. Dr. Ritaccio recently has been awarded a $1.36 million grant from the United States Department of Defense to expand his work on a brain-computer interface (BCI) technology. His interests include epilepsy and other seizure disorders as well as general neurology. 

Matthew Murnane, M.D.
Associate Professor

Matthew Murnane, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Neurology.  He received his MD degree from Albany Medical College and completed his neurology Residency and Fellowship in electromyography/ neuromuscular disease at Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in Neurology with added qualifications in Clinical Neurophysiology.  He is also certified by the American Board of  Electrodiagnostic Medicine.  His special interests include muscle disease.

James Wymer, M.D., PhD
Associate Professor                  

Dr. Wymer is an Associate Professor of Neurology.  He received his MD/PhD degree from the University of Maryland.  He completed  He completed his neurology residency followed by a fellowship in neuromuscular medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital.  He is Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine,  certificate of added Qualification, National Board for Certification in Headache and Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners. He specializes in the diagnosis and management of neuromuscular diseases and neuropathic pain including ALS and peripheral neuropathies.  He has extensive experience in clinical research on ALS, diabetic neuropathy and MS.

Douglas T. Phelps, M.D.
Associate Professor

Douglas T. Phelps, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Medicine.  He received his MD degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in the Department of Medicine at Albany Medical Center.  Subsequently, he completed research and clinical pulmonary fellowships at the New England Medical Center.  He is certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine. He is certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine with special qualifications in critical care medicine.  He is Chief, Section of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine at the Stratton VA Medical Center.