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Behavioral Neurologist and Imaging Neuroscientist

Dr. Randal Benson

CNS Medical Director and Vice President, Dr. Randall Benson, is a globally regarded behavioral neurologist and imaging neuroscientist who is recognized for developing new, more effective treatments for incapacitating brain disorders (TBI, MS, and stroke) through the use of advanced, functional MRI methods, which provide unprecedented understanding of brain function and disease.

  • male
  • English
  • 313.228.0930
  • 43000 W. 9 Mile Road – Suite 116 Novi, MI 48375

Conditions

Brain Disorders:
TBI
Stroke
Multiple Sclerosis

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Neurology
  • Society of Behavioral Neurology
  • Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • National Neurotrauma Society
  • International Neurotrauma Society
  • North American Brain Injury Society

Dr. Benson's Schedule

Monday09:00 - 5:00 PM EST
Tuesday09:00 - 5:00 PM EST
Wednesday09:00 - 5:00 PM EST
Thursday09:00 - 5:00 PM EST
Friday09:00 - 5:00 PM EST

Accomplishments

First dual Research Fellow in Behavioral Neurology and MRI at Harvard Medical School

Neurology residency at Boston University and the Veterans Administration

Principal investigator on US National Institutes of health and Department of Defense projects

Testified before the US Congress on a National Football League sponsored study on concussions

Honors/Awards

  • 1982 University Honors, Washington University
  • 1986 Senior Honors Program, Hahnemann University
  • 1986 Letter of Commendation in Psychiatry, Hahnemann University
  • 2004 Detroit’s Best Doctors-Hour Magazine
  • 2005 Member Metropolitan Professional Honor Society
  • 2008 Top Scoring Abstract and Presentation Award (first place), 6th North
  • American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) Annual Conference, Oct 2-4, New Orleans, LA

Education/Training

1978-82 B.A. in Biology Washington University, St. Louis, MO
1983-87 M.D. Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA
 

Residency Training:
1987-88 Intern, Internal Medicine, Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Chester, PA
1988-91 Resident, Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA

 

Fellowship Training:
1991-93 Behavioral Neurology and Functional Neuroimaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

 

A Passion for Behavioral Neurology

Dr. Benson’s strong desire to go beyond the conventional (and limited) methods of behavioral neurology research led him to become the first dual Research Fellow in Behavioral Neurology and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) at Harvard Medical School and the esteemed NMR Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. During his fellowship, Dr. Benson pioneered a new technique, fMRI, for mapping language areas in the brains of neurosurgical patients. His leadership eventually led to FDA approval for “fMRI pre-surgical mapping” in 2007 and now is a clinical procedure performed throughout the U.S. and globally.

Continuing Research and Clinical Practice

Dr. Benson’s research and clinical practice through Novi, Michigan-based Center for Integrated Neurology are strongly focused on disorders of the brain and cognition. Dr. Benson’s commitment to finding novel ways to enhance recovery of function after stroke led to multiple foundation and industry-sponsored investigations into the use of targeted electrical/magnetic stimulation of the brain in motor and language impairment following stroke.

 

In a phase III clinical trial investigating the effect of electrical stimulation of the motor area on weakness following stroke, no significant effect was observed over the 21 U.S. sites collectively. Wayne State University, with Dr. Benson as the site PI, was the second leading enroller of research subjects in the study, which obtained highly significant results. Similarly, promising preliminary results were obtained in two of four chronic language-impaired stroke patients treated with the non-invasive repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in a 6-week trial. Additional funding is required to continue these promising studies.

Since 2004, Dr. Benson has worked closely with a team to develop and validate advanced imaging methods to detect traumatic injuries in mild cases of closed head injury. Their work has led to funding from the National Institute of Health, Department of Defense, and The National Football League, among others. Dr. Benson testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee for 20 minutes on head injury in football and lectured at a Department of Defense-sponsored workshop regarding the diagnosis of mild TBI (mTBI) in soldiers, using advanced imaging methods (June 2-3, 2010, Chicago). Dr. Benson lectures frequently to attorneys, other physicians, and researchers on TBI and advanced imaging methods.

A History of Thought Leadership in Brain Injury Research

Dr. Benson has held a number of titles including:

  • Research Fellow–Depts. of Neurology (Neuropsychology) and the Radiology (NMR Center)
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA; Attending Physician and Assistant
  • Professor–University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT
  • Assistant Professor, Attending Neurologist
  • Co-Director Traumatic Brain Injury Imaging Laboratory at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
  • Dr. Benson has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on research supported by globally recognized institutions including the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Institute of Health (NIH), the National Football League (NFL), the Charles A. Dana and the Ralph O. Wilson Foundations, and Northstar Neurosciences, in addition to intramural grants.

Interviews/Quotations in Popular Media:

October 3, 2011–issue of Sports Illustrated-quoted on treatment received by concussed hockey
superstar, Sidney Crosby– http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1190863/index.htm

 

November 1, 2010–issue of Sports Illustrated-quoted on the effects on the brain of subconcussive impacts in football– http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1176377/2/index.htm

 

July 27, 2006–Interviewed for ‘Working for your Health’ segment for Detroit’s Fox TV affiliate (WJBK)
regarding use of electrical cortical stimulation as a treatment intervention for stroke induced upper extremity weakness

 

March 14, 2005–issue of Time Magazine -quoted on TMS and aphasia — http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1037684-2,00.html

 

November 29, 2004–Interviewed and quoted in Associated Press regarding the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation as a treatment for aphasia

Dr. Benson’s research on brain disorders is usually high impact and cutting edge. His earliest fMRI work in patients was featured on a segment of NBC’s Today Show in 1994. His use of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the brain in stroke patients was the topic of an AP Press article and a Time Magazine article. Most recently, his TBI imaging research led to his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee and an interview with Sports Illustrated.