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Rebecca Gottesman, M.D., Ph.D.

Rebecca Fran Gottesman, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neurology


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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

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  • Associate Professor of Neurology

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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Appointment Phone: 410-502-1033

301 Mason Lord Drive
Baltimore, MD 21224 map

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Appointment Phone: 410-550-5624

600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-614-2381



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 more

    Additional Information

  • Education +


    • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons / MD (2000)


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


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2006)


    • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology / Neurology (2005, 2016)
    • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology / Vascular Neurology (2008)
  • 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.


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

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

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

  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +
  • Activities & Honors +


    • AAN Resident’s Scholarship to Annual Meeting, 2003
    • Scholarship recipient, American Stroke Association Stroke Fellows Workshop, 2003
    • Guy McKhann award for excellence in teaching, 2004
    • K12 award: Clinical Research Scholar, 2004
    • National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program Award, 2005
    • Elected member, American Neurological Association, 2011
    • Invited member, Center for Innovative Medicine, 2011
    • Inaugural recipient, McKhann Scholar award, 2012


    • American Neurological Association “Interactive Lunch Workshops” Program
    • American Neurological Association Long-Range Planning Committee
    • American Academy of Neurology, 2001
    • American Stroke Association, 2003
    • American Neurological Association, 2011

    Professional Activities

    • Ad-hoc Internal reviewer, Johns Hopkins
      Institute for Clinical and Translational Research/Clinical Research Units
    • Co-coordinator, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2005 - 2008
      Stroke journal club
    • Guest editor, Behavioural Neurology, 2009 - 2010
    • Neurology representative, Medical School Council, 2009 - 2014
    • Representative, Committee on the Status of Women, 2013
    • Co-Residency selection committee director, Johns Hopkins Department of Neurology, 2014
  • 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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