Marc Halterman, MD, PhD: Chair of Neurology

Dr. Marc Halterman

Meet Marc Halterman, MD, PhD, who joined Stony Brook Medicine as the new Chair of the Department of Neurology in September, 2020, and learn about his goals for future growth.

Education and Training

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Georgetown University, Dr. Halterman earned a PhD in microbiology and immunology and an MD with Distinction from the University of Rochester. After completing his residency and post-doctoral fellowship in experimental therapeutics in 2007, Dr. Halterman joined the Department of Neurology faculty at Rochester.


Dr. Halterman’s research interests focus on the cellular and immune signaling pathways that lead to neural damage after stroke and cardiac arrest. His line of research is particularly timely, given recent advances in acute stroke management. In fact, among the areas targeted by Dr. Halterman for future growth at Stony Brook is the establishment of an interdisciplinary research program in stroke therapeutics and biomarker discovery that leverages existing strengths across the Neurosciences Institute and affiliate departments.

Dr. Halterman serves as principal investigator on grants from the NIH, the Department of Defense and the American Heart Association. He has served as a mentor on training awards from the NINDS, NCI and AHA. He has authored 50 peer-reviewed scholarly publications, including papers in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Gene Therapy, Blood, Neurology, Brain Research, the Journal of the American Heart Association and the Journal of Immunology. He is also a member of several professional societies, including the Society for Neuroscience, American Heart Association, American Academy of Neurology, International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism and Neurocritical Care Society.


Dr. Halterman looks forward to working with trainees across the academic pipeline. While at the University of Rochester, he mentored undergraduates, medical and graduate students, and departmental fellows and junior faculty. He also established the UR Undergraduate Research Placement Program (UR-UPP) in 2015, which has placed over 240 undergraduates into basic and clinical research positions at the medical center. From 2014-2020, Dr. Halterman served as the Associate Director for the Institutional Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Besides teaching students, residents and fellows at the bedside while attending on the stroke service, he lectured for and directed several graduate-level courses.

Ultimately, Dr. Halterman aims to create extramurally funded educational and research training opportunities that capitalize on the momentum of the Neuroscience Institute to establish Neurology as a nationally recognized training site for the next generation of academic neurologists and neuroscientists.