Adult Neurology Teaching Faculty
Melissa A. Carran, MD, is the chief and chair of the Department of Neurology. A graduate of University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, she completed her neurology residency and subsequent fellowship in epilepsy at Thomas Jefferson Hospital. She is an assistant professor of neurology at CMSRU. Dr. Carran is board-certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology, with more than 10 years of experience as an attending neurologist and epileptologist. She has also been an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a member of the Recertification Committee.
Dr. Carran’s practice includes treating and managing epilepsy, including women’s health, developmental issues, and evaluations for epilepsy surgery. She also participates in several studies of investigational treatments for epilepsy.
Joseph V. Campellone, MD, is the program director for the Neurology Residency Program. He has been with Cooper University Health Care since 1996. He is medical director of the Electromyography Laboratory, and is board-certified in neurology, neuromuscular disease, and electrodiagnostic medicine.
As a professor of neurology at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU), Dr. Campellone has great interest in education. He was previously the director of the neurology clerkship for Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and for CMSRU. He is a recent recipient of the UMDNJ Foundation “Excellence in Teaching” award and is also a small group facilitator for Scholar’s workshop and M3 Director at CMSRU.
Dr. Campellone has authored numerous manuscripts, presented at national and local meetings and has reviewed for several medical journals. A member of the American Academy of Neurology, Dr. Campellone has served on several committees for the American Association of Electrodiagnostic and Neuromuscular Medicine. Dr. Campellone has a particular interest in myasthenia gravis, neuropathy, and other neuromuscular diseases, as well as electrodiagnosis.
Evren Burakgazi-Dalkilic, MD, received her medical degree from Istanbul University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in neurology at George Washington University School of Medicine where she was recognized as Resident of the Year. After completing a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Burakgazi-Dalkilic was co-director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and an assistant professor of neurology at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center – MCV Campus in Richmond, Virginia, before coming to Cooper.
Dr. Burakgazi-Dalkilic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, pre-surgical evaluation, and intracranial epilepsy monitoring. Special interests include the role of hormones in epilepsy, cardiac aspects of status epilepticus and refractory epilepsy, pharmacokinetics of antiepileptic drugs and their interactions with other drugs.
Dr. Burakgazi-Dalkilic has been principal investigator or sub-investigator on a number of external grants and is a contributor to numerous journals and abstracts. She is also a member of several scientific, honorary, and professional societies: American Academy of Neurology, American Epilepsy Society, and American Clinical and Neurophysiology Society (ACNS). She also serves as a member of the AAN Anti-Epileptic Drugs Efficacy and Safety Guideline Committee.
Merin F. Campbell, PsyD, earned her doctoral degree in psychology and certificate in clinical neuropsychology at Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology within the department of neurology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She conducts comprehensive outpatient neuropsychological evaluations, inpatient consultations, and individual psychotherapy sessions. Although Dr. Campbell primarily sees adults and older adults with neurological conditions such as dementia, movement disorders, epilepsy, TBI, tumor, stroke, and MS, she is also a certified school psychologist and experienced with pediatrics and adolescents. She is particularly interested in the role of neuropsychology in neuro-interventional and neurosurgical procedures such as Wada and intraoperative brain mapping.
Andrea J. Casher, PsyD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist. After earning her doctorate from Hahnemann University in clinical psychology with a specialty in neuropsychology, she has practiced for more than twenty years, evaluating individuals with a wide variety of neurologically based cognitive disorders, including dementia, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumors, and epilepsy. Dr. Casher maintains an active role training neuropsychologists in the New Jersey and Philadelphia area, and working with professional societies and patient advocacy groups. Her expertise is critical to the multi-discipline approach to several Cooper neuroscience programs, including neurosurgical interventions in patients with epilepsy. Dr. Casher also participates in clinical research projects.
Amy Colcher, MD, joined Cooper University Health Care as director of the Cooper Neurological Institute Movement Disorders division after 15 years at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, completed her neurology residency training at Georgetown University, and did her fellowship in movement disorders at the University of Pennsylvania. A well-known authority in movement disorders, Dr. Colcher has authored numerous articles and book chapters.
A diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Colcher serves on the board of the Eastern Pennsylvania chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. She is involved in clinical research and conducts trials on Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other movement disorders. She treats patients with dystonia, and has expertise in the use of Botulinum toxins. She sees patients with Parkinson’s disease, Multiple System Atrophy, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, essential tremor, ataxia, and Huntington’s disease and other movement disorders. Dr. Colcher also enjoys teaching trainees and in addition to providing clinical instruction to neurology residents, Dr. Colcher is active as a small group leader at CMSRU and precepts several medical students.
Bradley P. Grayum, MD, is a graduate of Hahnemann Medical School and the NYU/Bellevue Neurology residency program, and did a fellowship in neuromuscular disease at Downstate Medical Center. He is board-certified, with added qualifications in vascular neurology and is certified in electrodiagnostic medicine through the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
With an active practice focusing on neuromuscular disease, Dr. Grayum also served as director of the stroke program during a long career at Crozer Chester Medical Center, participating in many clinical stroke trials. Since recently coming to Cooper, he maintains an interest in both stroke and neuromuscular disease and has been acknowledged as “Top Doc” several times by various local publications, including Philadelphia magazine.
Dr. Grayum brings enthusiasm and experience as an instructor to our residents. He was named Educator of the Year at Crozer Chester Medical Center in 2012 and received a teaching award from Drexel University in 2014.
Tapan R. Kavi, MD, completed his medical education at Pramukh Swami Medical College, India, and returned to Cooper after completing his neurology residency at Cooper and subsequent Neurocritical Care fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Dr. Kavi’s return to Cooper continues the tradition of providing excellent training to neurology residents and medical students. He is very enthusiastic about adding to the neurocritical care aspect of Cooper’s intensive care services. Dr. Kavi is passionate about providing care to patients during the acute phase of neurologic injury with special interests in cerebral autoregulation, anoxic brain injury, and subarachnoid hemorrhage.
Andrew McGarry, MD, is an alumnus of UMDNJ and Cooper University Health Care for medical school clerkships and completed his neurology residency at the University of Rochester. He subsequently completed a fellowship in movement disorders and experimental therapeutics at Rochester. He is board certified in neurology and belongs to the American Academy of Neurology, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society, Parkinson’s Study Group, Huntington’s Study Group, and Movement Disorder Society. He serves on the HSG Clinical Trial Science and Ethics Review Committee.
Dr. McGarry’s interests include Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, spinocerebellar ataxias, and novel treatments for rare movement disorders. His clinical involvement includes delivery of botulinum toxin, deep brain stimulation management, resident education, and medical treatment of tremor, chorea, dystonia, tics, and myoclonus of varying etiologies. Dr. McGarry has interest in cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and the development and implementation of clinical trials in movement disorders. He has published numerous abstracts, papers, and book chapters in movement disorder research. He was voted “Top Doctor” in South Jersey Magazine’s 2014, 2015, and 2016 patient polls.
Thomas R. Mirsen, MD, is associate professor of neurology at CMSRU and has been with Cooper University Health Care since 1990.
Dr. Mirsen is fellowship trained in dementia and cerebrovascular disease, and is board certified in vascular neurology. Dr. Mirsen is a consistent participant in stroke trials, is active in stroke research, and serves on the Stroke Advisory Panel of the Department of Health of New Jersey. He has served as associate division head of neurology at Cooper. He has repeatedly been named a “Top Doctor” in neurology both in New Jersey and in the Philadelphia area. His practice embraces a wide range of neurologic pathologies in addition to his specialty of stroke.
Dr. Narula specializes in the fields of neurology, stroke (vascular) neurology and telestroke. He joins us from University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where he completed his vascular neurology fellowship. Given his passion for using technology to improve patient care, he was involved clinically and operationally with the implementation of UCSD's telestroke program. He received his telemedicine certification from Dr. Brett C. Meyer, author of the STRokEDOC trial and founder of one of the nation's first telestroke programs.
Dr. Narula completed his three years of neurology residency at Cooper University Hospital, completed one year of internal medicine residency at Drexel University and earned his medical degree from American University of Antigua. As Director of Tele Neuroscience at Cooper Neurological Institute, his mission is to improve quality and access to stroke care across South Jersey. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, American Heart/American Stroke Association and American Telemedicine Association.
Tomer Noff, MD, completed a dual undergraduate program of rabbinics and medicine at the Ner Israel Rabbinical College and Towson University. He was ordained by Israel’s Chief Rabbi and continued to earn his medical degree at the Technion American Medical School in Haifa, Israel. Dr Noff completed his neurology and clinical neurophysiology training at the Indiana University School of Medicine.
Dr. Noff serves on the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine’s assessment examination committee.
Dr. Noff sees general neurology patients with a special interest in electromyography, neuropathy, neuromuscular disease, and headache. He performs electromyography as well as onabotulinum injections and auricular acupuncture.
Mark A. Rader, PhD, is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist who has been in active practice for over thirty years. He has been with Cooper University Health Care since 2005, where he conducts neuropsychological evaluations, sees patients for individual psychotherapy, and is on the inpatient consultation service.
Currently an assistant professor of neurology at CMSRU, he is actively involved in the training and supervision of pre- and post-doctoral students in neuropsychology and medical students. His experience includes inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation with a special focus on the diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and emotional disorders arising from them. He has published and presented on many topics related to TBI and has also volunteered his time leading a support group since 2001.
Larisa Syrow, MD, completed her undergraduate studies at SUNY Binghamton and subsequently received her medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University. She completed residency in neurology at Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical center, followed by fellowship training in clinical neurophysiology at Hahnemann/Drexel Medical Center. She subsequently received board certification in headache medicine.
She sees general neurology patients and has a special interest in patients with headaches and migraines, with expertise in delivering Botox injections. Additionally she performs EMG testing and interprets EEGs.
Dr. Syrow is the director for the CMSRU Neurology clerkship and has played an active role in teaching neurology to medical students and residents for which she has won many awards. She speaks Russian and Spanish languages and is passionate about delivering health care to the Spanish-speaking population.
Ryna K. Then, MD, earned her medical degree from Instituto Tecnologico De Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and joined Cooper University Health Care after a vascular neurology fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center. As director of the inpatient stroke unit, she has a great clinical interest in treating critically ill patients who have various challenging neurological disorders, particularly those with complicated strokes.
Dr. Then’s enthusiasm for teaching has been acknowledged through awards for outstanding achievement in teaching medical students. Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Then is a dedicated advocate for her patients and works tirelessly to provide outstanding and compassionate care to people in great need. Dr. Then is active in frequent outreach projects throughout southern New Jersey, with a focus on promoting stroke awareness and prevention in the community. This enthusiasm resulted in her receiving the “Outstanding Hispanic Woman” award in 2015, granted by El Diario, to women who have made a difference in the Hispanic community.
Michael Weston, MD, joined the neurology faculty after completing his residency at Cooper University Health Care. Dr. Weston graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in cognitive science, and attended Windsor Medical School. He has presented research posters at the AAN annual meeting. Dr. Weston’s focus is on general neurology with an emphasis on multiple sclerosis. Dr. Weston has received accolades from medical students and junior residents for his compassionate teaching abilities and mentorship, further complementing our robust educational resources.