David Paydarfar, M.D.
Chair, Department of Neurology
Interim Director, Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences
Professor, Department of Neurology
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Massachusetts General Hospital
Department of Physiology, School of Medicine
University of North Carolina
David Paydarfar is professor and the inaugural chair of the Department of Neurology at Dell Medical School. He previously served as professor and executive vice chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and as an associate faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Paydarfar received a B.S. in physics (summa cum laude) from Duke University and an M.D. degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his residency training in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He practices general neurology and is a fellow of the American Neurological Association and an investigator of the Clayton Foundation for Research.
Paydarfar’s clinical research program seeks to develop novel biosensors, signal-processing algorithms and user interfaces that will enable clinicians and researchers to track and predict the health of individual patients as well as entire populations. This approach will extend beyond current reactive alarm systems, enabling doctors to forecast — and avert — adverse disease trajectories and to test the impact of such a strategy on health outcomes. This engineering and informatics platform should provide unprecedented opportunities to conduct fieldwork on human physiology and pathophysiology.
Paydarfar’s basic research program seeks to understand mechanisms underlying disease states associated with abnormal behavior of neural oscillators such as apnea, circadian dysrhythmias and epilepsy, as well as the coordination of pacemakers with other physiological and behavioral functions. His research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Clayton Foundation for Research.
American Neurological Association
Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society
NIH Special Emphasis Panels
Clinical Program Advisory Board, 33rd Annual International Conference IEEE 2011
Bevan Visiting Professor
University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2008
Dunaway Burnham Visiting Scholar
Dartmouth Medical School, 2007, 2012
Visiting Professor, Center For Adaptive Data Analysis
National Central University, Taiwan, 2012
The David A. Chad Teaching Award, Department of Neurology
University of Massachusetts Medical School, 2015