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Rebecca Gottesman, MD

Rebecca Fran Gottesman, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology

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  • Associate Professor of Neurology

Centers & Institutes

  • Cerebrovascular Center



Research Interests

Using epidemiology to evaluate the vascular contribution to cognitive impairment and dementia; cognitive consequences of stroke; cognitive deficits in congestive heart failure and other cardiac disease.


Dr. Rebecca Gottesman is an Associate Professor of Neurology, with a joint appointment in Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg  School of Public Health, and is a core faculty member of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research. Her primary clinical interest is stroke.

Her primary research interests include the vascular contribution to cognitive impairment and dementia, with evaluation not only of stroke as a potential risk factor for cognitive change but also vascular risk factors such as hypertension. She works primarily with the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study in order to evaluate these long-term associations between vascular risk factors and vascular disease, each, and cognition, using epidemiology and neuroimaging methods. She runs the SCAN lab (Stroke and Cognitive impairment Analysis using Neuroepidemiology) to pursue these research interests.

Dr. Gottesman received her medical degree from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York.  She completed her internship in internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and her neurology residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She completed a stroke fellowship and received a PhD in the Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation (GTPCI) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


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Professional Societies:

Member, American Academy of Neurology (since 2001)
Member, American Stroke Association (since 2003)
Member, American Neurological Association (elected 2011)
Co-Chair, American Neurological Association “Interactive Lunch Workshops” Program
Member, American Neurological Association Long-Range Planning Committee

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  • Education +


    • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (New York NY ) (2000)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Neurology (Baltimore MD ) (2004)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore MD ) (2006)


    • Vascular Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (2008)
    • Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (2005)
  • Research & Publications +

    Research Summary

    Dr. Gottesman's lab work focuses on the cognitive impacts of stroke and other vascular disease, both in the short-term and the long-term, and on the association between vascular disease and dementia (including Alzheimer's disease). She evaluates this in large community-based populations, as well as smaller hospital-based studies, and has particular interest in neuroimaging as a way to evaluate cerebrovascular changes in the brain, as well as neurodegenerative changes in the brain, such as those due to Alzheimer's disease. Learn more about her research.

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    To review Dr. Gotteman's published research visit PubMed.


    Learn more about Dr. Gottesman's SCAN (Stroke and Cognitive impairment Analysis using Neuroepidemiology) Laboratory.

  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +


    Inaugural recipient, McKhann Scholar award, 2012

    Invited member, Center for Innovative Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, 2011-present

    Elected member, American Neurological Association, 2011-present

    Recipient, National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program Award, 2005-present

    Recipient, K12 award: Clinical Research Scholar, July 2004-present

    Recipient, Guy McKhann award for excellence in teaching, June 2004

    Recipient, AAN Resident’s Scholarship to Annual Meeting, March/April 2003

    Scholarship recipient, American Stroke Association Stroke Fellows Workshop, December 2003

    Professional Activities

    Institutional Administrative Appointments
    Neurology representative, Medical School Council, September 2009-June 2014
    Co-coordinator, Stroke journal club, Cerebrovascular division, Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (7/2005-7/2008).
    Ad-hoc Internal reviewer, Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research/Clinical Research Units
    Representative, Committee on the Status of Women (2013-present)
    Co-Residency selection committee director, Johns Hopkins Department of Neurology (2014-present)

    Editorial Board Appointments:
    Editorial Board member, Neurology, 2012-present
    Guest editor, Behavioural Neurology, 2009-2010; 22(1-2).

  • Videos & Media +

    Recent News Articles & Media Coverage

    Midlife high blood pressure tied to later-life mental decline, Reuters (08/05/2014)

    High Blood Pressure in Middle Age, Weaker Brain Later? US News & World Report (08/04/2014)

    Symptoms of Torn Artery Are Easy to Miss, New York Times (01/06/2014)

    Guy McKhann Fellowship in Clinical Neuroscience, NeuroNow (Winter 2013)

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    Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
    301 Mason Lord Drive
    301 Building
    Baltimore, MD 21224
    Appointment Phone: 410-502-1033
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    Baltimore, MD 21287
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