Jan Claassen, MD (Speaker/Co-Chair)

Columbia University

Dr. Jan Claassen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology and the Head of Neurocritical Care at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He studied medicine at the University of Hamburg and underwent post-doctoral research training and clinical training in neurology, electrophysiology, and neurocritical care at Columbia University, NY. His research characterizes physiologic changes following acute brain injury, focusing on diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of unconscious patients early after brain injury. Dr Claassen’s group has focused on the use of innovative brain monitoring techniques including continuous EEG monitoring, invasive brain monitoring, and brain imaging. His group was able to show that patients can be diagnosed with cognitive motor dissociation at the bedside using standard EEG equipment and found this observation to be predictive of long term functional outcomes. Dr Claassen has been intimately involved with national and international guideline development for patients with acute brain injury. He has authored over 250 peer-reviewed articles and is the editor of several books including the new edition of Plum and Posner’s “Diagnosis and Treatment of Stupor and Coma” book. He is supported by federal and foundation funding to study acute disorders of consciousness.