Dr. Barry Gordon

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Professor, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery; Director, Cognitive Neurology/Neuropsychology


Barry Gordon, M.D., Ph.D., is a behavioral neurologist and cognitive neuroscientist whose work focuses on identifying and implementing better methods for improving language, memory, thinking skills, and learning in individuals with autism, amnesia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other acquired and developmental brain conditions. Dr. Gordon is the inaugural holder of the Therapeutic Cognitive Neuroscience endowed professorship, and Professor of Neurology with a Joint Appointment in Cognitive Science, at Johns Hopkins Medicine. He was founder of the Cognitive Neurology/Neuropsychology group and the Memory Clinic at Johns Hopkins, and also a Founding Member of Johns Hopkins'' Mind/Brain Institute. He is currently also a member of the Steering Committee of Hopkins’ Science of Learning Institute.

Dr. Gordon received a B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University and an M.D. degree from Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine as part of the two institutions’ Five Year Cooperative Program in Medicine. He did a medical internship at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, and his neurology residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. After joining the Department of Neurology faculty of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Gordon received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology from The Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Gordon has authored or co-authored over 150 scientific articles and book chapters, and two books on memory for the general public, Memory: Remembering and Forgetting in Everyday Life and Intelligent Memory (with Lisa Berger), both of which were selections of the Book-of-the-Month-Club. Dr. Gordon is currently Editor-in-Chief of the journal Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology. His professional leadership positions have included being President of the Behavioral Neurology Society, and Chair of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Aphasia. He was also elected as a member of the American Neurological Association, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He is a member of numerous other professional societies, including the Society for Neuroscience, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Gordon and his work have received national and international media attention, including guest appearances on programs such as the PBS series The Brain, the Oprah Winfrey Show, NPR''s Fresh Air, the Today Show, CBS’s Morning Edition, ABC’s Good Morning America, and NBC’s Dateline, and he has also been cited in such publications as The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal. Dr. Gordon co-wrote and co-produced the nationally-syndicated TV program Improving Your Memory with Dr. Barry Gordon for public television.

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