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Richard Leigh

Richard Leigh MD

Assistant Clinical Investigator, Intramural Stroke Branch, National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Dr. Leigh originally trained as an engineer at Johns Hopkins University majoring in biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering.  He subsequently spent a year at the NIH developing brain-imaging software.  He then completed medical school at Case Western Reserve University followed by a medical internship and neurology residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital Weil Cornell Medical Center.  After which he returned to Johns Hopkins and completed a stroke research fellowship followed by a clinical stroke fellowship.  He stayed on as faculty at Johns Hopkins as an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Radiology and became Director of the Vascular Neurology fellowship. In 2014 he moved to the National Institutes of Health as an Assistant Clinical Investigator in the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Dr. Leigh is currently head of the Neuro Vascular Brain Imaging Unit and a member of the Intramural Stroke Branch at NINDS/NIH.  His research is focused on understanding how MRI serves as a biomarker for cerebrovascular disease such that it may guide efforts to prevent disability related to brain injury.