Ali Rezai

Director, Neuroscience Program; Stanley and Jodi Ross Chair in Neuromodulation; Associate Dean of Neurosciences; Professor of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience; Director, Center for Neuromodulation

Ali Rezai

Wexner Medical Center
Phone: 614-366-2420
Topics: Alzheimer's, brain

Positions: Director, OSU Neuroscience Program
Stanley and Jodi Ross Chair in Neuromodulation
Associate Dean of Neurosciences
Professor of Neurosurgery and Neuroscience
Director, OSU Center for Neuromodulation

Contact Information:

  • Clinic: (855) 255-0550, Center for Neuromodulation, 480 Medical Center Dr, Columbus, OH 43210 [ map | directions ]
  • Office: (614) 366-2420, S2044 Davis Center, 480 Medical Center Dr, Columbus, OH 43210
  • Fax: (614) 366-8779

Medical School: University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, 1990

Residency: Department of Neurosurgery, New York University Medical Center, New York, NY, 1997


  • Clinical Fellow, Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 1998.
  • Clinical Observer, Functional Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, The Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, 1998.

Clinical Interests: Neuromodulation, functional neurosurgery, neuroimaging, movement disorders, psychiatric disorders, pain, traumatic brain injury.

Research Interests: Neuromodulation therapies to treat migraine headaches, asthma, addictions, Alzheimer’s, obesity, post-traumatic stress disorders, PTSD, TBI and autism. Imaging.

Curriculum Vitae

Notes: A board certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Rezai’ s clinical areas of expertise are the neurosurgical management of patients with severe movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, tremor, psychiatric conditions such as depression and obsessive compulsive disorder, traumatic brain injury and chronic pain. Dr. Rezai was named one of the best doctors in America in Castle and Connolly’s Guide to America’s Top Doctors for 2001-2014.

Dr. Rezai has published over 130 peer reviewed articles and more than 20 book chapters. He serves on the editorial board of five journals including Neurosurgery. He has edited a book on surgery for psychiatric disorders and the two volume textbook, Neuromodulation. In addition, Dr. Rezai has been the Principal (PI) and Co-investigator on eight NIH grants, and was the PI of the state of Ohio Brain Neuromodulation Center. He has delivered over 380 lectures nationally and internationally and chaired numerous symposia and meetings. Dr. Rezai has trained over 30 fellows in functional neurosurgery since 1998. In 2007, Dr. Rezai presented his work to the President of the United States as well as to members of the US Senate and House of Representatives on Capitol Hill.

Dr. Rezai is currently the President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), one of the largest neurosurgical societies in the world and the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS).

Dr. Rezai’s research focuses on mechanisms of neurostimulation, delineation of abnormal brain circuitry underlying disease processes, as well as developing neuromodulation devices and novel therapeutic strategies for treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders and autonomic disorders. He has been involved in pioneering work involving the use of brain pacemakers for treating Parkinson’s disease, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and traumatic brain injury. His current research focuses on developing neuromodulation therapies to treat migraine headaches, asthma, addictions, Alzheimer’s, obesity, post-traumatic stress disorders and autism.

Dr. Rezai has received the Bottrell Neurosurgical Award, Congress of Neurological Surgeons Clinical Fellowship award, and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons William Sweet Investigator Award. He has also received several innovation awards, including the 2011 Columbus Business First innovator of the year, achievement of the year award for health and Medicine from Northern Ohio Live magazine, Cleveland Clinic innovator of the year award, and NorTech annual Innovation award. He was also featured in Crains’ Who’s Who in Biotech. Dr. Rezai holds 35 issued US patents for medical devices and technologies.

Dr. Rezai’s work has been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, US News and World Report, USA Today, MIT’s Technology Review magazine, Newsweek, Time, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Reader’s Digest, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Globe and Mail, The Plain Dealer and the Columbus Dispatch. He was listed in Crains’ “40 Under 40,” and has appeared on numerous local and national radio and television broadcasts including CBS’ 60 Minutes, Prime Time, The Charlie Rose Show, The Diane Rehm Show, CNN, NPR, PBS, the BBC, MSNBC, ABC, NBC and CBS Nightly News and The Discovery Channel.

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