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Michael L. Lipton, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Michael L. Lipton

Associate Professor, Department of Radiology (Neuroradiology)

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Associate Professor, Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Associate Director, Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC)


Professional Interests

I straddle the practice of clinical medicine, research and education toward improving human brain health through the effective use of modern brain imaging technology. While magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is my central tool, I define brain imaging broadly, to include all methods that facilitate accurate depiction of brain structure and function as well as their interface. As a neuroradiologist, I advocate looking beyond the visual percept in making an assessment of diagnostic images, using quantitative approaches to maximize diagnostic yield, improve accuracy and minimize risk, including the risk of misdiagnosis. These approaches are developed and validated in the laboratory, then applied in clinical research populations and, ultimately, real patients. I push students at all levels to understand the technology they wield and use it intelligently for the ultimate betterment of patients.

Specific focus areas include:

  • Diagnosis of subtle brain injury to predict cognitive outcome
  • Brain substrates of mental illness
  • Integrated multi-modal imaging for surgical management of brain tumors
  • The aging brain
  • Real-time physiologic plasticity in the somatosensory system
  • Proactive approaches to maximize safe use of MRI



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Albert Einstein College of Medicine
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MRRC, Room 219C
Bronx, NY 10461

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The New York Times quotes Dr. Michael Lipton about his research on the impact of heading on soccer players.

CNN interviews Dr. Michael Lipton about his Radiology study that found frequent heading in soccer can lead to brain injury and impair memory.

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