Vinodh Narayanan, MD
Co-Director, Pediatric Neurogenetics Center
Director, Neurofibromatosis Clinics
Director, Developmental Neurogenetics Lab
Dr. Narayanan obtained his BS in Physics in 1972 from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He completed graduate studies in mathematical physics at Princeton University, where he received his MA in Physics in 1976. He received his MD from Louisiana State University Medical School, New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1981, and completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospitals, Baltimore, Maryland. Between 1983 and 1986, he served as resident in Neurology and Child Neurology at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri (Barnes Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital).
After completing his residency, Dr. Narayanan returned to the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions as a research fellow and faculty member, working in the laboratory of Dr. Gihan Tennekoon, studying the expression and regulation of the peripheral myelin P2 protein gene. He joined the Child Neurology division at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1990, where he remained until 2003 as Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology. In 2003, Dr. Narayanan moved to Phoenix as a member of the Child Neurology division at Barrow Neurological Institute.
Dr. Narayanan is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (with special competence in Child Neurology). He received the Young Investigator Award from the Child Neurology Society in 1987. He serves on the Scientific Selection Committee of the Child Neurology Society, and the Curriculum Committee of the University of Arizona, College of Medicine.
Dr. Narayanan has a special interest in the genetic basis of neurological disorders. In collaboration with Dr. Kirk Aleck (Pediatric Genetics) and Dr. Dietrich A. Stephan (TGen), he has established the CHC-BNI-TGen Pediatric Neurogenetics Center (Center for Excellence) at the Children's Health Center, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. His research interests include the neurobiology of genetic disorders (genes to pathogenesis), cell adhesion molecules and synapse formation. He is engaged in a number of active research projects and has published extensively in the neuroscience literature.
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