Dr. Thomas Thesen, PhD joins the Department of Medical Education as Associate Professor of Medical Education and Co-Lead for the Neuroscience and Neurology Course

Dr. Thomas Thesen, PhD has joined the Department of Medical Education as Associate Professor of Medical Education and co-lead for the Neuroscience and Neurology course. Dr. Thesen earned his PhD in neuroscience from Oxford University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in brain imaging at the University of California at San Diego and served 10 years on the faculty in the Department of Neurology at New York University (NYU) Grossman School of Medicine, where he was the Director of NYU ECoG, a center for the study of cognition and neurological disease in patients with brain implants. Dr. Thesen’s research has been funded by NIH, NSF and philanthropic sources. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and founding faculty at the University of Houston College of Medicine (UHCOM) where he created the highly rated Nervous System course. At UHCOM, he was director of the NSF-funded STEM RISE outreach program, member of the Curriculum Committee and the Evaluation & Assessment Committee, and a two-time recipient of the Provost Teaching Innovation Award. He currently is the Vice-Chair of the Web Seminar Committee of the International Association of Medical Science Educators. Dr. Thesen’s research interests in neuroscience include brain imaging of cognitive neuroscience and epilepsy, and global health. Within medical education, Dr. Thesen’s interests are in cognitive sciences of learning and memory, educational technology, outreach and pipeline programs, equity and anti-racism in biomedical science teaching.