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Benjamin Tolchin, MD, MS

Assistant Professor

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Benjamin Tolchin, MD, MS



Dr. Tolchin is a neurologist and epileptologist with clinical and research interests in functional seizures (also known as psychogenic seizures) 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 functional seizures 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
  • Board Certification
    AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Epilepsy (2016)
  • Board Certification
    AB of Psychiatry & Neurology, Neurology (2014)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Epilepsia Clinical Science AwardInternational League against Epilepsy2020
Career Development AwardVeterans Health Administration, VISN12018
Emerging Leaders ProgramAmerican Academy of Neurology2017
Young Investigator AwardAmerican Epilepsy Society2016
Rebecca Goldberg Kaufman HonorAmerican Epilepsy Society2016
Palatucci Advocacy Leader and AdvisorAmerican Academy of Neurology2016
Young Investigator AwardAmerican Clinical Neurophysiology Society2016
Research HighlightAmerican Clinical Neurophysiology Society2016
Practice Research Training ScholarshipAmerican Academy of Neurology/American Brain Foundation2015
Quest for Success Certificate of AchievementColumbia University Medical Center2014
Neurologist in Training Clinical Ethics FellowshipAmerican Academy of Neurology2012
Harvard Medical School Travelling FellowshipHarvard Medical School2010
John Ware Memorial FellowshipHarvard Medical School2007
PASTEUR Clinical Research FellowshipHarvard Medical School2007
Henry K. Beecher Prize in Medical EthicsHarvard Medical School2007
Best Master's ThesisPace University School of Education2003
Champions of Active LearningJPMorganChase2002
Thomas Hoopes PrizeHarvard College2001
Magna Cum LaudeHarvard College2001
Phi Beta KappaHarvard College2000
Dean's ListHarvard College1998, 1999, 2000
Detur Book PrizeHarvard College1998
Robert C. Byrd Scholarship for Academic ExcellenceNew York State1997

Professional Service

American Academy of Neurology Guidelines SubcommitteeMember2019 - Present
American Academy of Neurology Ethics, Law, and Humanities CommitteeMember2019 - Present
American Epilepsy Society Psychosocial Comorbidities CommitteeMember2016 - Present

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