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Kevin Gobeske

Associate Research Scientist in Neuroscience; Research Scientist, Nenad Sestab Lab, Neuroscience

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Kevin Gobeske, MPH, PhD, MD


Dr. Gobeske is a critical care neurologist and neuroscientist with expertise in the cellular and physiologic mechanisms underlying multiple types of severe brain injury. Dr. Gobeske completed his undergraduate studies at Yale University, followed by a master’s degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, Berkeley. He then pursued M.D./Ph.D. training at Northwestern University, where he studied the regulation of neurogenesis (new brain cell production) throughout the lifespan. Dr. Gobeske has completed a residency in Neurology at the University of Washington, followed by a fellowship in Neurocritical Care at the Mayo Clinic. During this time, he has undertaken additional postdoctoral neuroscience training as well as global health projects with the World Health Organization and Doctors Without Borders.

Dr. Gobeske is passionate about caring for patients with multiple types of critical neurologic injuries and also about finding the common pathways by which different injuries progress and how these can be slowed or reversed. He is committed to using laboratory developments to advance options for patients, and to using unique patient experiences to drive new studies in science. Working with Dr. Nenad Sestan, his current goals center upon developing new methods to study neuroprotection and recovery after injury from impaired oxygen delivery. He also remains fascinated with uncovering the potential for cells in the adult brain to regain capabilities that were present earlier during neurodevelopment -- both in response to injury and for improvement of normal functions where these features are beneficial.

Education & Training

  • Neurology Critical Care Fellowship
    Mayo Clinic (2018)
  • Neurology Residency
    University of Washington (2016)
  • Internal Medicine Internship
    University of Washington (2013)
  • MD
    Northwestern University (2012)
  • PhD
    Northwestern University, Neuroscience (2010)
  • MPH
    University of California, Berkeley, Epidemiology and Biostatistics (2001)
  • BS
    Yale University, Biology (1999)