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Roy H. Hamilton, MD

Roy H. Hamilton, MD Physician

Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Associate Director, Clinical Neurosciences Track Director, Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation Associate Professor of Neurology Associate Professor of Neurology in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Hamilton is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Neurology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Neurology, 2006

Clinical Expertise:

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Cognitive Neurology
  • Dementia
  • Dementia Evaluation
  • Dementia Patient Medical Care
  • Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)
  • Memory Disorders
  • Memory Evaluation
  • Neurological Speech Disorders
  • Neuropsychological Test

Description of Clinical Expertise

I principally treat patients suffering from dementia. I also have expertise in evaluating and treating patients with cognitive deficits following stroke.

Practice Locations and Appointments

  • Penn Memory Center

    Penn Neuroscience Center Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, South Pavilion, 2nd Floor 3400 Civic Center Boulevard Philadelphia, PA 19104 800-789-7366 (PENN)

    A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Harvard University
Residency: University of California, Los Angeles
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


Academy of Aphasia, International American Academy of Neurology, Behavioral Neurology Section, National American Academy of Neurology, National American Medical Association , National American Neurological Association, National American Society for Neurorehabilitation, National Behavioral Medicine and Interventions Outcomes Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, NIH, National Cocoa 360 (formerly Tarkwa Bremen Community Alliance): 501c(3) organization dedicated to enhancing economic security, health access, and educational opportunities for girls in Ghana, International Philadelphia Math + Science Coalition, Philadelphia Education Fund, Local Society for Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology , National Society for Cognitive Neuroscience, International Society for Neuroscience , International Society for the Neurobiology of Language, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Hamilton is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Medicine Rittenhouse Long-Term Acute Care Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

My research focus is on the characteristics and limits of functional neuroplasticity in the adult human brain. I investigate how the brain reorganizes itself in response to injury, and whether or not it is possible to enhance the brain’s potential for reorganization in order to speed rehabilitation using noninvasive electrical or magnetic brain stimulation. A second area of interest for me is on the use of noninvasive brain stimulation to elucidate and enhance mechanisms of cognition in healthy individuals, and the biological, social, and ethical implications of neural enhancement.

Selected Publications:

Lee, Y.S., Zreik, J.T., Hamilton, R.H.: Patterns of neural activity predict picture-naming performance of a patient with chronic aphasia Neuropsychologia 94 : 52-60,2017.

Karuza, E.A., Balewski, Z.Z., Hamilton, R.H., Medaglia, Tardiff, N., Thompson-Schill, S.L.: Mapping the parameter space of tDCS and cognitive control via manipulation of current polarity and intensity. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 10 : 665,2016.

Meletath, S.K., Pavlick, D., Brennan, T., Hamilton, R., Chmielecki, J., Elvin, J.A., Palma, N., Ross, J.S., Miller, V.A., Stephens, P.J., Snipes, G., Rajaram, V., Ali, S.M., Melguizo-Gavilanes, I.: Personalized treatment for a patient with a BRAF V600E mutation using Dabrafenib and a tumor treatment fields device in a high-grade glioma arising from ganglioglioma. Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network 14 (11): 1345-50,2016.

Rosen, D.S., Erickson, B. Kim, Y.E., Mirman, D., Hamilton, R.H., Kounios, J.: Anodal tDCS to right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex facilitates performance for novice jazz improvisers but hinders experts. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 10 : 579,2016.

Gervits, F., Ash, S., Coslett, H.B., Rascovsky, K., Grossman, M., Hamilton, R.: Transcranial direct current stimulation for the treatment of Primary Progressive Aphasia: an open-label pilot study. Brain and Language 162 : 35-41,2016.

Mancuso, L.E., Ilieva, I.P., Hamilton, R.H., Farah, M.J.: Does transcranial direct current stimulation improve healthy working memory?: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 28 (8): 1063-89,2016.

Julian, J.B., Ryan, J., Hamilton, R.H., Epstein R.A.: The occipital place area is causally involved in representing environmental boundaries during navigation. Current Biology 26 : 1-6,2016.

Price, A.R., Peelle, J.E., Bonner, M.F., Grossman, M., Hamilton, R.H.: Causal evidence for a mechanism of semantic integration in the angular gyrus as revealed by high-definition transcranial direct current stimulation. The Journal of Neuroscience 36 (13): 3829-38,2016.

Falcone, M., Bernardo, L., Ashare, R.L., Hamilton, R., Faseyitan, O., McKee, S.A., Loughead, J., Lerman, C.: Transcranial direct current brain stimulation increases ability to resist smoking. Brain Stimulation 9 (2): 191-6,2016.

Medina, J., Drebing, D.E., Hamilton, R.H., Coslett, H.B.: Phantoms on the hands: influence of the body on brief synchiric visual percepts. Neuropsychologia 82 (1): 104-9,2016.

Academic Contact Info

Goddard Laboratories, Room 518
University of Pennsylvania
3710 Hamilton Walk

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 573-7065
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)