Dr. Diaz-Arrastia is Professor of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, a role he assumed in July, 2016. At Penn he serves as Director of Clinical Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Research and Associate Director of the Penn Center for Brain Injury and Repair. Dr. Diaz-Arrastia’s research interests have been focused on understanding the molecular, cellular, and tissue level mechanisms of trauma-induced neuroregeneration and injury-related synaptic plasticity, with the goal of developing effective therapies.
Dr. Diaz-Arrastia received his MD and PhD degrees at Baylor College of Medicine in 1988, and after an internship Beth Israel Hospital and the Harvard Medical School, he trained in neurology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. He was on the faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern from 1993 to 2011, where he rose through the ranks from Assistant to Full Professor of Neurology. From 2011 to 2016 he was Professor of Neurology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), and Director of Clinical Research at the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine, a federal intramural research program focused on TBI at USUHS and the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Diaz-Arrastia has published over 200 primary research papers, as well as over 50 invited reviews and book chapters. He has also served in several national committees related to TBI and post-traumatic epilepsy, convened by the Institute of Medicine, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Institute of Aging, the Department of Defense, and the Veterans Administration.