Faculty Profile

Dr. Steven A. Sparr, M.D.

Steven A. Sparr, M.D.

Professor, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Assistant Professor, The Arthur S. Abramson Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Clerkship Director, Neurology, The Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology

Professional Interests

Dr. Sparr has special interest in stroke and behavioral neurology.  He is very active in medical education, serving as Director of Clerkships in Neurology, formerly as Director of Residency Training in Neurology and on the committee that created a dynamic new course in Neurology and Neuroscience for the second year medical students and continues to actively participate in teaching the course. Dr. Sparr is board certified in Internal Medicine, Neurology, Vascular Neurology and Neurorehabilitation. He has an active clinical practice in general Neurology at Montefiore Medical Center where he also serves as Director of Stroke Service, Director of the Neurovascular Laboratory and Director of Neurorehabilitation of the Stern Stroke Center. He has been local principle investigator or coinvestigator on over 20 clinical trial of stroke treatments. Dr Sparr has a strong interest in behavioral neurology and most recently has lectured nationally and internationally on various aspects of the Neurology of Music.

Selected Publications

Sparr SA, Jay M, Drislane F, Venna N: An Historic Case of Visual Agnosia Revisited after 40 Years.Brain 114.:789-800, 1991.

Janssen RS, Kaplan JE, Khabbaz RF…Sparr SA, et al.: HTLV-I Associated Myelopathy/Tropical Spastic Paraparesis in the United States. Neurology 41:1355-57, 1991.

Verghese J, Kachroo A, Sparr SA: Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus Mimicking Carotid Dissection. Headache 37:663-664, 1997.

Sparr SA: Receptive Amelodia in a Trained Musician. Neurology 59:1659-1660, 2002

Sparr SA: Amusia and Musicogenic Epilepsy. Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports Volume 3, Issue 6 Oct/Nov 2003

Bedlack RS, Vu T, Hammans S, Sparr SA, et al.: MNGIE Neuropathy: 5 cases mimicking CIDP, Muscle and Nerve 2(3):364-8, 2004

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Research Information

In the News

Scientific American interviews Dr. Steven Sparr about amusia, the inability to recognize musical tones or to reproduce them, which strikes many stroke victims.

The Wall Street Journal quotes Dr. Steven Sparr in an article investigating the connection between music and the brain.

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