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Robert Bradford Duckrow, MD

Associate Research Scientist

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Robert Bradford Duckrow, MD


Robert Duckrow received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Brown University and his M.D. from the Yale University School of Medicine, followed by a Neurology residency at Yale and a research fellowship in cerebral blood flow and metabolism at the University of Miami, Florida, School of Medicine. At the Pennsylvania State University he studied cerebrovascular mechanisms during ischemia and later the care and study of patients with epilepsy. He was a founding member of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He moved to the University of Connecticut Health Center and established their inpatient Epilepsy Monitoring Unit while acting as the Director of the Neurophysiology Laboratory. He collaborated with the Yale Epilepsy Program to analyze the intracranial EEG of patients with intractable epilepsy. He joined Yale’s department of Neurology in 2002 as a member of the Epilepsy Program and collaborated with Drs Hitten Zaveri and Susan Spencer on the development of quantitative methods of intracranial EEG analysis, with specific interests in seizure prediction, the interpretation of cerebral electrical fields, and the regional interaction of brain electrical activity during seizure onset and propagation. As a senior epileptologist in the Epilepsy Surgery Program he provided inpatient and outpatient care of patients with medically intractable epilepsy, was the principal investigator of clinical trials to study the safety and efficacy of an implantable neurostimulator system for epilepsy, and provided clinical support to research teams by interpreting and classifying the intracranial EEG data in relation to their specific protocols. Retiring from clinical practice in 2017, he continues to pursue his research interests within the Epilepsy Program.

Education & Training

  • Research Fellow
    University of Miami School of Medicine (1981)
  • Resident
    Yale University School of Medicine (1979)
  • Intern
    The Rhode Island Hospital (1976)
  • MD
    Yale University (1975)
  • BS
    Brown University (1971)


  • Board Certification
    AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Neurology (1984)

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