Roy H. Hamilton MD, MS, FAAN, FANA

University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Roy Hamilton is an Associate Professor in the departments of Neurology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Director of the Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation at the University of Pennsylvania. The central thrust of his research is to use noninvasive electrical and magnetic brain stimulation to explore the characteristics and limits of functional plasticity in the intact and injured human brain. Using a multidisciplinary approach that combines brain stimulation, behavioral measures, and neuroimaging, Dr. Hamilton has explored a variety of topics, including plastic changes that occur in the brains of blind individuals, mechanisms of neural recovery in patients who have suffered from strokes, and neuromodulation as a potential tool for enhancing normal human cognition. Dr. Hamilton pursued his undergraduate education at Harvard University, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1995. He attended Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he obtained an MD and a Masters Degree in Health Sciences Technology in 2001. He completed residency training in Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) in 2005 and subsequently pursued a fellowship in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, also at Penn. He subsequently joined the faculty of Penn’s Department of Neurology in 2009. Dr. Hamilton has won multiple local and national awards for excellence as a clinician, scientist, and educator, including but not limited to the American Academy of Neurology Foundation’s Norman Geschwind Prize in Behavioral Neurology and Penn’s Leonard Berwick Memorial Teaching Award for combining basic science education and clinical teaching. In addition to his work as a neurologist and neuroscientist, Dr. Hamilton is deeply involved in issues related to empowering underrepresented and underserved populations in medicine and academia, and holds the titles of Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at the Perelman School of Medicine and Vice Chair for Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania.