Andrew Blum, MD, PHD

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Title: Associate Professor of Neurology
Department: Neurology

+1 401 444 4364

Overview | Grants/Awards | Teaching | Publications

My areas of research interest involve diverse aspects of clinical epilepsy, particularly psychiatric aspects of epilepsy (including diagnosis and treatment of non-epileptic seizures), hormonal interactions with AEDs, localization of epileptic foci (including radiologic strategies), and development and optimal use of anticonvulsant therapeutics.


Dr. Blum completed an MD/PhD at Cornell Medical College ('89) and The Rockefeller University ('88), then residency in neurology and neuromuscular fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Following an epilepsy/EEG fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital, he remained on staff at BIDMC/Harvard until 2000, when he came to RIH/Brown to direct the EEG Laboratory and Adult Epilepsy Division. He is also Co-Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at RIH. Areas of clinical and research interest include localization of epileptic foci, psychiatric aspects of epilepsy, non-epileptic seizure diagnosis and treatment, and optimal use and development of anticonvulsant therapeutics.




Research Assistant, Howard Hughes Med. Inst., Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1980,81
Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Chemistry, Yale University, 1982
Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) Award, The Rockefeller University and Cornell University Medical College, 1982-89
Second Prize, Resident Research Presentation, Maryland Neurological Assoc., 1993
Whitehurst Fellowship in Neuromuscular Diseases, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1993-94
Brown Medical School Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2002
Brown Medical School Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2005
Brown Medical School Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2006


Consultant in Neurology, Francis Scott Key Medical Center, Baltimore, MD, 1993
Neuromuscular / MDA Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD, 1993-94
Clinical Fellow, Medicine (Neurology), Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, 1994-96
Clinical Fellow, Neurology, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 1994-96
Associate in Neurology, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA, 1994-96
Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, 1994-00
Attending Physician, Epilepsy and Neurology Consultation Services, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Boston, MA, 1994-00
Director, Intra-operative Neurophysiology, BIDMC, Boston, MA,1996-00 Associate in Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, 1996-00
Attending Physician, Electromyography Laboratory, BIDMC, Boston, MA, 1997-00
Director, Vagal Nerve Stimulation Program, Epilepsy, BIDMC, Boston, MA, 1998-00
Attending Physician, Neurology Ward & Consultation Services, RIH, Providence, RI 2000-
Staff Neurologist, Director of Adult Epilepsy, Director of EEG Laboratory, RIH 2000-
Co-Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Prog., RIH, Providence, RI, 2000-
Co-Director, Epilepsy/EEG Core, Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship, RIH, 2000-
Attending Neurologist, Women's & Infants Hosp., Providence, RI, 2000-
Attending (Courtesy), EEG Interpretation, Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket, RI, 2006-
Attending (Courtesy), EEG Interpretation, Newport Hospital, Newport, RI, 2003-
Attending (Courtesy), EEG Interpretation, Southcoast Hospitals, MA, 2003-2006

Teaching Experience

Epilepsy Overview, Epilepsy Pharmacology; Neurosciences 262, BMS
Neurosciences 262, Lab Instructor
EEG Review Conference for Neurology Residents, (twice monthly), RIH
CEP Multidisciplinary Surgical Review Conference, (once monthly), RIH
Epilepsy Overview, Internal Medicine Resident Lectures, RIH
Epilepsy Review, Surgical Epilepsy, Neurosurgery Dept. Lectures, RIH
Updates on Epilepsy Diagnosis and Treatment (locally-nationally)

Selected Publications

  • Blum AS, Morvarid B. Neurostimulation for Epilepsy. Medicine & Health / Rhode Island 2006;89:127-9.(2006)
  • Blum AS. Focal Status Epilepticus (updated). Lorenzo N, ed., in eMedicine / Neurology 2005.(2005)
  • Herzog AL, Farina E, Blum AS. Fluctuation in serum valproate levels with oral contraceptive use. Epilepsia 2005;46:970-1(2005)
  • Shultz LA, Blum AS. Extracranial Vertebral Artery Dissection. Medicine & Health / Rhode Island. 2003;86:181.(2003)
  • Blum AS. Recurrent Generalized and Partial Seizures. In: Johnson RT, Griffin JW, McArthur JC., eds. Current Therapy in Neurological Disease, 6th edition. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002:46-53.(2002)
  • Schomer DL, Seeck M, Lazeyras F, Blum A, Ives J. EEG-Linked Functional MRI: Applications to Epilepsy. Epilepsy Quarterly 2001;Vol 9,Issue 1:8-9,15.(2001)
  • Blum AS. Section Editor, Emedicine Neurology, Electroencephalography and Evoked Potentials,, 2000-01.(2000)
  • Blum AS, Ives JR, Goldberger AL, Al-Aweel IC, Krishnamurthy KB, Drislane FW, Schomer DL. Oxygen desaturations triggered by partial seizures: implications for cardiopulmonary instability in epilepsy. Epilepsia 2000;41:536-41.(2000)
  • Schomer DL, Bonmassar G, Lazeyras F, Seeck M, Blum A, Anami K, Schwartz D, Belliveau JW, Ives J. EEG-linked functional magnetic resonance imaging in epilepsy and cognitive neurophysiology. J Clin Neurophysiol 2000;17:43-58.(2000)
  • Blum AS. Focal Status Epilepticus. Lorenzo N, ed., in eMedicine / Neurology 2000.(2000)
  • Al-Aweel IC, Krishnamurthy KB, Hausdorff JM, Mietus JE, Ives JR, Blum AS, Schomer DL, Goldberger AL. Post-ictal heart rate oscillations in partial epilepsy. Neurology 1999;53:1590-2.(1999)
  • Patel MR, Blum AS, Pearlman JD, Yousuf N, Ives JR, Saeteng S, Schomer DL, Edelman RR. Echo-planar functional MR imaging of epilepsy with concurrent EEG monitoring. Am J Neuroradiol 1999;20:1916-9.(1999)
  • Drislane FW, Blum AS, Schomer DL. Focal status epilepticus: clinical features and significance of different EEG patterns. Epilepsia 1999;40:1254-60.(1999)
  • Wang AK, Raynor EM, Blum AS, Rutkove SB. Heat sensitivity of sensory fibers in carpal tunnel syndrome. Muscle Nerve 1999;22:37-42.(1999)
  • Blum AS, Drislane FW. Book review of "Supplementary sensorimotor area." H.O. Luders, ed., Advances in Neurology v. 70, Lippincott-Raven Pub., 1996. In Neurology 1998;50:839.(1996)
  • Ives JR, Mainwaring NR, Krishnamurthy KB, Blum AS, Drislane FW, Schachter SC, Schomer DL. Technical implementation and clinical findings / results of monitoring oxygen saturation in patients referred for long term EEG monitoring. Electroenceph Clin Neurophysiol 1996;99:432-9.(1996)
  • Blum AS, Drislane FW. Nonconvulsive status epilepticus in thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. Neurology 1996;47:1079-81.(1996)
  • Blum AS, Dal Pan GJ, Feinberg J, Raines C, Mayjo K, Cornblath DR, McArthur JC. Low dose zalcitabine (ddC)-related toxic neuropathy: frequency, natural history, and risk factors. Neurology 1996;46:999-1003.(1996)
  • Blum AS. Patterned expression of cell surface molecules in neural development: An immunological and biochemical analysis [doctoral thesis]. New York, NY: The Rockefeller University, 1988.(1988)
  • Barnstable CJ, Blum AS, Devoto SH, Hicks D, Morabito MA, Sparrow JR, Treisman JE. Cell differentiation and pattern formation in the developing mammalian retina. Neurosci Res Suppl 1988;8:S27-41.(1988)
  • Schlosshauer B, Blum AS, Mendez-Otero R, Barnstable CJ, Constantine-Paton M. Developmental regulation of ganglioside antigens recognized by the JONES antibody. J Neurosci 1988;8:580-92.(1988)
  • Blum AS, Barnstable CJ. O-acetylation of a cell surface carbohydrate creates discrete molecular patterns during neural development. Proc Natl Acad Sci (USA) 1987;84:8716-20.(1987)
  • Constantine-Paton M, Blum AS, Mendez-Otero R, Barnstable CJ. A cell surface molecule distributed in a dorsoventral gradient in the perinatal rat retina. Nature 1986;324:459-62.(1986)

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