Dr. Diaz-Arrastia is Professor of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, a role he assumed in July, 2016. At Penn he serves as Director of Clinical Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Research and Associate Director for Clinical Research of the Penn Center for Brain Injury and Repair. Dr. Diaz-Arrastia’s research interests are focused for the past 20+ years on understanding the molecular, cellular, and tissue level mechanisms of secondary neuronal injury and neuroregeneration, with the goal of developing therapeutic interventions.
Dr. Diaz-Arrastia received his MD and PhD degrees at Baylor College of Medicine in 1988, and after a 1-year internship in internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital and the Harvard Medical School, he completed his neurology residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. From 1993 to 2011, Dr. Diaz-Arrastia was on the faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern, and from 2011 to 2016 he was Professor of Neurology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and Director of Clinical Research at the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine.
Dr. Diaz-Arrastia has published over 170 primary research papers, as well as over 40 invited reviews and book chapters. He has also served in several national committees related to TBI research and practice, convened by the Institute of Medicine, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the National Institute of Aging, the Department of Defense, and the Veterans Administration.