Specialty Areas: Learning Disorders; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity and Behavior Disorders; Tic and Tourette's Disorder; Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Ruth Nass, MD, is a nationally renowned child neurologist with a special expertise in the neurological diagnosis and treatment of cognitive and behavioral disorders including concussion, learning disabilities, ADHD, autism and Tic and Tourette's Disorder. She has a special interest in the treatment of migraines and the behavioral complications of epilepsy. Her clinical research focuses are on the causes of autism, the effects of epilepsy on language, as well as on the cognitive and behavioral outcome of prematurity and congenital stroke. Dr. Nass is also interested in clinical bioethical issues like determining competence for decision making in adolescents and the implications of the diagnosis of genetic diseases for families.
Dr. Nass received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1975. She did her internship and residency in pediatrics at New Hospital Cornell Medical Center and her pediatric neurology residency at the Neurological Institute, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. She did a National Institutes of Health (NIH) supported postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at New Hospital Cornell Medical Center. She then joined the faculty at New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center where she was Division Chief of Child Neurology for five years. She was chief of Neurology at Blythedale Chilren's Rehabilitation Hospital before coming to NYU Langone Medical Center.
Dr. Nass joined the NYU Langone Medical Center in 1991. She was the Child Neurology Residency Training program director for almost 15 years. Dr. Nass is also in charge of the residents' Professionalism Core Curriculum. She is on the Education Committee of the Department of Neurology. Dr. Nass is an active member of the Tisch Hospital Ethics Committee and is an adjunct faculty member of the NYU Center for Bioethics. She is on the NYU Faculty Senate.
Dr. Nass is the recipient of numerous research grants. She has received grants from the National Institutes of Health, as well as disease focused foundations like the March of Dimes and Autism Speaks, among others. Dr. Nass has written more than 100 articles and chapters. She has presented her research at more than 50 meetings. She has authored three books: 100 Questions and Answers about ADHD, Cognitive and Behavioral Complications of Pediatric Disorders, and Neural Plasticity and Cognitive Development. Dr. Nass was on the Editorial Board of Neurology for eight years, the main clinical journal in the field. She is an ad hoc reviewer for many neurology and pediatric journals. She is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology and of the Child Neurology Society where she currently sits on the Ethics Committee. Dr. Nass was elected to the American Neurological Association in 1986 and is perennially on the Best Doctors in New York list.