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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 Vice Chair for Inclusion and Diversity Associate Professor of Neurology in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Associate Professor of Neurology

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
  • Aphasia
  • Corticobasal Syndrome (CBS)
  • Dementia
  • Encephalopathies
  • Lobar Atrophy of Brain
  • Memory Disorders
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Pick's Disease
  • Primary Progressive Aphasia
  • Vascular Neurocognitive Disorder

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
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • 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 Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

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 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.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania 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:

Harvey, D.Y., Mass, J.A., Shah-Basak, P.P. Wurzman, R., Faseyitan, O., Sacchetti, D.L., DeLoretta, L., Hamilton, R.H.: Continuous theta burst stimulation over right pars triangularis facilitates naming abilities in chronic post-stroke aphasia by enhancing phonological access Brain and Language 192 : 25-34,2019.

Coughlin, D., Xie, S.X., Liang, M., Williams, A., Peterson, C., Weintraub, D., McMillan, C.T., Wolk, D.A., Akhtar, R., Coslett, H.B., Hamilton, R.H., Siderowf, A., Duda, J.E., Rascovsky, K., Lee, E.B., Grossman, M., Trojanowski, J.Q.: Cognitive and pathological influences of tau pathology in lewy body disorders Annals of Neurology 85 (2): 259-271,2019.

Cehelyk, E.K., Harvey, D.Y., Grubb, M., Jalel, R., Elsibai, M.S., Hamilton, R.H., Chahin, S.: Uncovering the association between fatigue and fatigability in multiple sclerosis using cognitive control Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders 27 : 269-275,2019.

Falcone, M., Bernardo, L., Wileyto, E.P., Allenby, C., Burke, A.M., Hamilton, R., Cristancho, M., Ashare, R.L., Loughead, J., Lerman, C.: Lack of effect of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on short-term smoking cessation: results of a randomized, sham-controlled clinical trial Drug and Alcohol Dependence 194 : 244-251,2019.

Hosseini, M., McConathey, E.M., Ungrady, M. Grossman, M., Coslett, H.B., Hamilton, R.H.: Transcranial direct current stimulation mediates improvements in verbal fluency for patients with primary progressive aphasia (published proceedings) Brain Stimulation 12 : e69-e70,2019.

To, C., Falcone, M., Loughead, J., Logue-Chamberlain, E., Hamilton, R., Kable, J., Lerman, C., Ashare, R.L.: Got chocolate? Bilateral prefrontal cortex stimulation augments chocolate consumption Appetite (131): 28-35,2018.

Medaglia, J.D., Harvey, D.Y., White, N., Kelkar, A., Zimmermann, J., Bassett, D.S., Hamilton, R.H.: Network controllability in the inferior frontal gyrus relates to controlled language variability and susceptibility to TMS Journal of Neuroscience 38 (28): 6399-6410,2018.

Choy, O., Raine, A., Hamilton, R.: Stimulation of the prefrontal cortex reduces intentions to commit aggression: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, stratified, parallel-group trial Journal of Neuroscience 38 (29): 6505-6512,2018.

Shah-Basak, P.P., Chen, P, Caulfield, K., Medina, J, Hamilton, R.: The role of the right superior temporal gyrus in stimulus-centered spatial processing Neuropsychologia 113 : 6-13,2018.

Irwin, D.J., McMillan, C.T., Xie, S.X., Rascovsky, K., Van Deerlin, V.M., Coslett, H.B., Hamilton, R., Aguirre, G., Lee, E.B., Lee, V.M.Y., Trojanowski, J.Q., Grossman, M.: Asymmetry of post-mortem neuropathology in behavioral-variant frontotemporal dementia Brain 141 (1): 288-301,2018.

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)