Welcome New Faculty!

New Clinicians and Basic Scientists Join Columbia Neurology


Meet Dr. Rachael Benson
Epilepsy Specialist

Rachael Benson, MD, assistant professor of neurology at CUMC, in the Division of Epilepsy and Sleep. Dr. Benson attained her undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis and her MD at New York Medical College. She completed her residency in Neurology and fellowship in Neurophysiology and Epilepsy at NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Benson specializes in epilepsy and sleep disorders, with a special interest in pregnant women with epilepsy. She will be seeing epilepsy patients in the Neurological Institute and Tarrytown offices. 
For an appointment with Dr. Benson, please call 646-426-3876.
 

Meet Dr. Robert Fee
Child Neurology Medicine Specialist

Robert Fee, PhD, assistant professor of neuropsychology (in Neurology) at CUMC. Dr. Fee earned his undergraduate degree at Louisiana State University, followed by an MS in Clinical/Educational Psychology from Columbia University and his PhD from City University of New York, with a specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology. He completed internship training in lifespan neuropsychology in the Department of Neurology at North Shore University Hospital, as well as psychotherapy within the Department of Psychiatry at Zucker-Hillside Hospital (Northwell Health System). His postdoctoral fellowship was completed here in the Divisions of Cognitive Neuroscience and Child Neurology, where he received advanced training in the assessment of individuals across the lifespan with various neurological disorders. Dr. Fee has extensive clinical and research experience in various pediatric conditions, including genetic disorders, neuromuscular disorders, epilepsy, metabolic disorders, as well as learning and behavioral disorders. His clinical activities will focus on the neuropsychological evaluation of children and adolescents with acute and chronic neurological conditions in both the Harkness Pavilion and West 86th Street locations.
For an appointment with Dr. Fee, please call 646-426-3876.
 

Meet Dr. Kimberly Kwei
Movement Disorder Specialist

Kimberly Kwei, MD, PhD, assistant professor of neurology, in the Division of Movement Disorders. Dr. Kwei attained her undergraduate degree from Amherst College followed by an MD/PhD in Neuroscience from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Kwei remained at Mount Sinai for her Neurology residency before joining Columbia as the Edward J. Safra Fellow in Movement Disorders. Dr. Kwei has a particular interest in atypical parkinsonisms, such as multiple system atrophy (MSA), as well as symptoms of Parkinson’s disease that have proven refractory to treatment, such as freezing of gait. One of her current projects involves characterizing the biomechanics of freezing of gait, in collaboration with the Department of Engineering, toward developing a mobile gait-monitoring device. Dr. Kwei is also involved in clinical trials recruiting MSA patients into a natural history study, and in assessing the long-term outcomes of patients who have had neurosurgical intervention for movement disorders. Dr. Kwei will see MD patients within the Neurological Institute.
For an appointment with Dr. Kwei, please call 212-305-1303.
 

Meet Dr. Ikjae Lee
Neuromuscular Medicine Specialist

Ikjae Lee, MD, assistant professor of neurology, in the Division of Neuromuscular Medicine. Dr. Lee attained his MD from Seoul National University College of Medicine in South Korea. After moving to the U.S., Dr. Lee completed residency in Neurology and fellowship in Neuromuscular Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Lee joined the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016, where he served as a co-director of their ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic, focusing on high quality care of ALS and other neuromuscular disease patients. Dr. Lee has a particular interest in developing therapeutics and studying quality of life related treatments in patients with ALS and myasthenia gravis. As a new member of the Eleanor and Lou Gehrig ALS Center, Dr. Lee will continue his efforts as a clinician-researcher and will be seeing patients in the Neurological Institute.
For an appointment with Dr. Lee, please call 646-426-3876.
 

Meet Dr. Peter C. Pan
Neuro-Oncology Specialist

Peter C. Pan, MD, assistant professor of neurology in the Division of Neuro-Oncology. Dr. Pan studied molecular biology and neurobiology at the University of California Berkeley, medicine at the State University of New York Downstate, and clinical neurology residency at the University of California Davis. He completed fellowship training in Neuro-Oncology here at NYP/CUIMC.  His research interests include clinical treatments in neuro-oncology and mechanisms of treatment resistance.  Dr. Pan is involved in ongoing research reviewing patterns of distant recurrence in adult gliomas, diagnostic imaging features of primary central nervous system lymphomas, and effects of upfront radiation on outcomes in atypical meningiomas.  He is also involved in ongoing collaboration with colleagues at Cornell reviewing quality metrics for clinical trials, and with colleagues from biophysics and computational chemistry at UC Davis researching hot spots in protein-protein binding free energy of the programmed death ligand 1 (PD1-PDL1) immune checkpoint, a frequently-targeted axis in oncology. He will see Neuro-Oncology patients in the Neurological Institute and Tarrytown locations.
For an appointment with Dr. Pan, please call 212-317-0579.