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Darren Volpe, MD

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Associate Professor Neurology


Associate Program Director, Neurology; Director, Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship; VA Site Director, Yale Neurology Residency Program



Associate Professor Neurology

Associate Program Director, Neurology; Director, Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship; VA Site Director, Yale Neurology Residency Program


Dr. Darren Volpe obtained his M.D. at the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 2004. He went on to complete his Neurology residency at the Harvard Neurology program (combined Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital) in 2008. He then joined the faculty in the department of Neurology at Yale and the Veterans Administration. He is board certified in Neurology, and has subspecialty board certification in Behavioral Neurology/Neuropsychiatry. His clinical interests are in general neurology, and in behavioral neurology which includes the diagnosis and management of disorders including memory impairment, dementia (including Alzheimer's, frontotemporal, Lewy body, and vascular), and other cognitive, language, and behavioral disorders. In addition to his focus on direct patient care, Dr. Volpe has a strong interest in medical education. He is the director of the Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry fellowship at Yale. He also serves as the VA site director for the Yale neurology residency program, for which he teaches trainees extensively in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.


  • Neurology

    Associate Professor on Term

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Education & Training

Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School (2008)
Massachusetts General Hospital (2005)
University of Vermont (2004)
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (1996)
Post Graduate
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (1996)
Binghamton University, Biology (1993)

Academic Achievements and Community Involvement

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    Teacher of the Year

Clinical Care


Darren Volpe, MD, is a neurologist who treats patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

“I value the opportunity to help patients and their families understand how a brain disorder can cause cognitive and behavioral changes in a person,” Dr. Volpe says.

Among the types of dementia he treats are frontotemporal, Lewy body, and multi-infarct dementia (caused by multiple strokes). All of these disorders can cause a patient to lose a sense of self, he says. “I’m fascinated by how the brain is involved in our emotions, personality, and in forming a running autobiography of our lives through memories,” Dr. Volpe says.

After diagnosing a condition, Dr. Volpe says he takes extra time to ensure that patients and their families understand the disorder and potential ways of treating it.

“I want my patients and their families to know that we always do our best to help them navigate the difficult diagnosis of dementia and keep up with research to help treat these conditions,” he says.

He is assistant professor of neurology at Yale School of Medicine.

Clinical Specialties

Neurology; Memory Disorders & Cognitive Neurology

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Board Certifications

  • Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry

    Certification Organization
    United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties
    Original Certification Date
  • Neurology

    Certification Organization
    AB of Psychiatry & Neurology
    Original Certification Date

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