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Ron L. Alterman, MD Has Been Named Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery in BIDMC's Roberta and Stephen R. Weiner Department of Surgery

International expert on deep brain stimulation

  • Date: 8/12/2011
  • Phone: 617-632-7246

BOSTON - Ron L. Alterman, MD, an international expert on deep brain stimulation, has been named Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery within the Roberta and Stephen R. Weiner Department of Surgery. Alterman will assume this key leadership position on Oct. 1.

Alterman is currently Professor of Surgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he has been Director of Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery since 2004.

"Ron is an international leader in the application of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of movement disorders and has performed nearly 1000 DBS implants for tremor, Parkinson's disease and dystonia," notes Elliot L. Chaikof, MD, PhD, Chairman of the Roberta and Stephen R. Weiner Department of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief. "Under his leadership, functional neurosurgery at Mount Sinai has become internationally recognized for the excellence of its clinical, academic and educational programs."

Alterman has participated in numerous multicenter clinical trials sponsored by the NIH and industry that have studied the efficacy of novel DBS techniques for movement and obsessive-compulsive disorders, as well as new gene therapies for Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. He has published more than 100 peer reviewed articles, book chapters and abstracts, including many seminal articles in the area of deep brain stimulation in high-impact journals such as Lancet Neurology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery.

Alterman has been an invited lecturer at many national and international forums. Among his many awards and honors, he received the Young Neurosurgeon Award from the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and the President's Award from the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation. Alterman currently serves as Section Editor of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery for the multi-volume Youman's Neurological Surgery, the leading textbook in the field of neurosurgery. He has served on important committees for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, as well as significant leadership roles in the American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery. As a surgeon-educator, his trainees have assumed leadership positions across the United States.

Alterman received his BA magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he was elected Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed an internship in general surgery at Washington University-St. Louis and returned to Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein to complete his residency in neurosurgery. He subsequently completed a fellowship in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery at New York University and in 2002 received an MBA from Columbia University. Alterman served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was honorably discharged in 2008 from the US Army Reserve Medical Corps at the rank of lieutenant colonel.

"The US News and World Report has recently ranked the neurology and neurosurgery program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as among the top 50 programs in the nation," says Chaikof. "Under Ron Alterman's leadership, we look forward to continued growth in the stature of our clinical, educational, and academic programs in neurosurgery."

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and currently ranks third in National Institutes of Health funding among independent hospitals nationwide. BIDMC is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit