Dr. Mark Richardson is an Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh. At Pitt, Dr. Richardson is also the Director, Brain Modulation Laboratory, and the Director, Epilepsy and Movement Disorders Surgery Program, both in the Department of Neurological Surgery.
Dr. Richardson received his undergraduate education at the University of Virginia. He completed his medical and doctoral education in the MD/PhD program at the Medical College of Virginia, where his interest in adult neurogenesis led to an NIH National Research Service Award.
Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in 2011, Dr. Richardson completed neurosurgical residency at the University of California, San Francisco, where he received specialized training in epilepsy neurosurgery, deep brain stimulation (DBS), and brain mapping during awake craniotomies. Additionally, he received an NIH National Research Service Award to study gene therapy delivery to the brain.
Dr. Richardson’s clinical specialization is comprehensive epilepsy surgery and DBS for movement disorders. He started the interventional-MRI DBS program at UPMC, and his additional clinical expertise includes intraoperative mapping to preserve brain function, including language, in patients who are awake during epilepsy and tumor surgery.
In addition to his academic and clinical responsibilities, Dr. Richardson is a member of these professional organizations:
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
American Epilepsy Society
American Association of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair
Dr. Richardson is on the Editorial Board of Neurosurgery, in the Science Times section. He is also a reviewer for several journals, including but not limited to the Journal of Healthcare Engineering, Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, and Journal of NeuroOncology. He is a member of the Psychiatric Neurosurgery Committee of the American Association of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.
In 2011, Dr. Richardson received the Boldrey Award for Excellence in Neuroscience Research, San Francisco Neurological Society, and in 2013 he received a Faculty Teaching Award, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Richardson's publications can be viewed here.