Benjamin Tolchin, MD, MS

Assistant Professor

Departments & Organizations

Neurology: Epilepsy & Seizures

Program for Biomedical Ethics

Yale Medicine


Dr. Tolchin is a neurologist and epileptologist with clinical and research interests in psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) and other functional neurological disorders. He is committed to raising awareness of these common and highly disabling conditions, and to improving access to treatment for patients. His research focuses on using motivational interviewing, smartphone apps, and other novel technologies to improve treatment adherence and outcomes for patients with PNES and with epilepsy. Other interests include bioethics, medical education, biostatistics, ICU EEG, and the diagnostic yield of EEG.

Dr. Tolchin completed medical school at Harvard University, internship at NYU Medical Center, and neurology residency at Columbia University Medical Center. He finished fellowships in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. His research has been supported by a Practice Research Training Fellowship from the American Academy of Neurology and a Veterans Administration VISN1 Career Development Award. Dr. Tolchin has been recognized with Young Investigator awards from the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society and the American Epilepsy Society, the Rebecca Goldberg Kaufman Honor from the American Epilepsy Society, and the Emerging Leaders Fellowship from the American Academy of Neurology. He serves on the American Academy of Neurology's Guidelines Subcommittee and Ethics, Law, and Humanities Committee.

Follow Dr. Tolchin on Twitter @btolchin.

Education & Training

MD Harvard Medical School (2010)
MS Pace University School of Education (2003)
AB Harvard College, Philosophy (2001)
Epilepsy Fellowship Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Neurology Residency Columbia University Medical Center
Internship New York University Medical Center

Honors & Recognition

  • Career Development AwardVeterans Health Administration, VISN1 (2018)

  • Emerging Leaders ProgramAmerican Academy of Neurology (2017)

  • Young Investigator AwardAmerican Epilepsy Society (2016)

  • Rebecca Goldberg Kaufman HonorAmerican Epilepsy Society (2016)

  • Palatucci Advocacy Leader and AdvisorAmerican Academy of Neurology (2016)

  • Young Investigator AwardAmerican Clinical Neurophysiology Society (2016)

  • Research HighlightAmerican Clinical Neurophysiology Society (2016)

  • Practice Research Training ScholarshipAmerican Academy of Neurology/American Brain Foundation (2015)

  • Quest for Success Certificate of AchievementColumbia University Medical Center (2014)

  • Neurologist in Training Clinical Ethics FellowshipAmerican Academy of Neurology (2012)

  • Harvard Medical School Travelling FellowshipHarvard Medical School (2010)

  • John Ware Memorial FellowshipHarvard Medical School (2007)

  • PASTEUR Clinical Research FellowshipHarvard Medical School (2007)

  • Henry K. Beecher Prize in Medical EthicsHarvard Medical School (2007)

  • Best Master's ThesisPace University School of Education (2003)

  • Champions of Active LearningJPMorganChase (2002)

  • Thomas Hoopes PrizeHarvard College (2001)

  • Magna Cum LaudeHarvard College (2001)

  • Phi Beta KappaHarvard College (2000)

  • Dean's ListHarvard College (1998, 1999, 2000)

  • Detur Book PrizeHarvard College (1998)

  • Robert C. Byrd Scholarship for Academic ExcellenceNew York State (1997)

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