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David Newman-Toker, M.D., Ph.D.

David Edward Newman-Toker, M.D., Ph.D.

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Director, Neuro-Visual & Vestibular Division

Associate Professor of Neurology

Male

Expertise: Dizziness, Neurology, Vertigo

Research Interests: Recognition and prevention of diagnostic errors in frontline healthcare settings; stroke misdiagnosis in the emergency department; dizziness and vertigo; eye movement analysis; informatics tools and devices at the point of care; diagnostic decision support. ...read more

Locations

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
Appointment Phone: 443-997-1508

4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map

Contact for Research Inquiries

BIOS Clinical Trials Unit
Johns Hopkins Hospital
CRB-II, Room 2M-03 North
Baltimore, MD 21231 map

Background

David Newman-Toker, M.D. Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Neurology & Otolaryngology. He holds joint appointments in Ophthalmology, Emergency Medicine, and Health Sciences Informatics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as well as in Epidemiology and Health Policy & Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Newman-Toker’s academic mission is to eliminate harms from diagnostic errors and maximize the accuracy and efficiency of diagnostic testing in clinical practice. He serves as a Core Faculty member of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety & Quality, where he leads institutional initiatives related to diagnostic safety, quality, and value.

Dr. Newman-Toker’s research focuses on preventing missed strokes in the emergency department and primary care, especially among patients presenting with acute, severe vertigo or dizziness. He and his collaborators have developed innovative methods to diagnose stroke through careful bedside examination of eye movements. He is now translating these innovations into clinical practice through the use of novel technologies at the point of care.

Dr. Newman-Toker's clinical expertise is in disorders of the brainstem and cranial nerves, including visual loss, double vision, and vertigo. He serves as Director of the Neuro-Visual& Vestibular Division. His clinical practice focuses on emergency evaluation of patients with acute vertigo and dizziness. He does not currently have an outpatient clinic practice.

Dr. Newman-Toker received his B.S. from Yale University and his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. After completing his Neurology residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital, he went on to complete fellowships in Neuro-ophthalmology at the Harvard University/Massachusetts Eye& Ear Infirmary and in Neuro-otology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his doctoral training in Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Titles

  • Director, Neuro-Visual & Vestibular Division
  • Core Faculty, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety & Quality
  • Associate Professor of Neurology
  • Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Joint Appointment in Ophthalmology

Education

Degrees

  • MD, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (1995)

Residencies

  • Massachusetts General Hospital / Neurology (1999)

Fellowships

  • Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary / Neuro-ophthalmology (2000)
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Neurology (2002)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology / Neurology (2000)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

We are currently conducting an NIH/NIDCD-sponsored clinical trial (U01 DC013778) known as AVERT (Acute Video-oculography for Vertigo in Emergency Rooms for Rapid Triage). This multicenter, Phase II clinical trial compares current diagnosis in the emergency department to a novel diagnostic strategy based on portable eye movement diagnostics combined with computer-based decision support.

Clinical Trial Keywords

vertigo, dizziness, stroke, diagnosis, diagnostic devices, diagnostic strategy

Clinical Trials

We are currently conducting an NIH/NIDCD-sponsored clinical trial (U01 DC013778) known as AVERT (Acute Video-oculography for Vertigo in Emergency Rooms for Rapid Triage). This multicenter, Phase II clinical trial compares current diagnosis in the emergency department to a novel diagnostic strategy based on portable eye movement diagnostics combined with computer-based decision support.

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Graduate Program Affiliation

Informatics, Division of Health Sciences Informatics

Epidemiology, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Health Policy & Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

A Close Eye on Stroke, NeuroNow (Spring 2015)

Strokes, long on the decline among the elderly, are rising among younger adults, Washington Post (06/16/2014)

Stroke Often Missed in ERs, Study Finds, US News & World Report (04/07/14)

Emergency Docs More Likely To Miss Signs Of Stroke In The Young, NPR (04/05/14)

The Team Sport of Diagnosis: A Culture Shift Can Reduce Missed Diagnoses, The Health Care Blog (06/15/16)

 

 

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