Brian Kopell

Brian Kopell, MD

  • PROFESSOR | Neurosurgery
  • PROFESSOR | Neurology
  • PROFESSOR | Psychiatry
  • PROFESSOR | Neuroscience



Dr. Brian Kopell is a Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neuroscience as well as Director of the Center for Neuromodulation at the Mount Sinai Health System. Dr. Kopell has pioneered the use of intraoperative imaging during Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) cases to supplement the microelectrode recording typically done to make a procedure that is safer and quicker for patients. He has performed over 1,000 DBS procedures.

A graduate of the NYU School of Medicine, Dr. Kopell completed his residency at NYU Medical Center. He has undergone fellowship training in Functional and Restorative Neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and the University of Zurich. He founded and has led the Restorative Neuroscience Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI) where his team performed over 400 DBS cases for movement disorders. Furthermore, Dr. Kopell has participated and has been principal investigator in several clinical trials of emerging neuromodulation technologies targeting disorders such as Parkinson's disease, tremor, tinnitus, Tourette's syndrome and major depression.

DBS is widely recognized as the gold standard treatment for patients with disabling motor symptoms from idiopathic Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and dystonia that have become refractory to medical therapy. This neurosurgical procedure is available within a fully-integrated multidisciplinary program through the Mount Sinai Health System.

In the News: Dr. Brian Kopell discusses the results of neuromodulation in The New York Daily News feature, The Daily Checkup. 

Follow the Center for Neuromodulation on Twitter: @MountSinaiDBS


Neurological Surgery

Clinical Focus

  • Benign Essential Tremor
  • Cancer Pain Syndromes
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
  • Depression
  • Dystonia
  • Facial Pain
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome


MD, New York University School of Medicine

Internship, Surgery, NYU Medical Center

Residency, Neurosurgery, NYU Medical Center

Fellowship, Neurosurgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation

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