Dr. Jan Claassen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He received a degree in medicine and a doctorate in neurophysiology studying evoked potentials after traumatic brain injury from the University of Hamburg. He underwent post-doctoral research training and clinical training in neurology, electrophysiology, and neurocritical care at Columbia University, NY. His research characterizes physiologic changes following acute brain injury, focusing on novel treatment approaches to potentially improve patient outcomes.
Dr. Claassen’s group has focused on the use of innovative brain monitoring techniques including continuous EEG monitoring with a particular focus on studying recovery of consciousness. Dr. Claassen has been intimately involved with national and international guideline development for patients with acute brain injury. He is on the Editorial board of Annals of Neurology and Neurocritical Care. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and many book chapters. He is the co-editor of the 5th edition of Plum and Posner's Diagnosis and Treatment of Stupor and Coma and the 3rd Edition of Seizures in Critical Care - A Guide to Diagnosis and Therapeutics.