Vivek Prabhakaran MD, PhD



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Dr. Vivek Prabhakaran received his combined medical and doctoral degrees from Stanford Medical School with his doctoral work in cognitive neuroscience and functional neuroimaging. He went on to complete a combined residency-fellowship program in Neurology, Radiology, and Neuroradiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital with board certifications in both Radiology and Neurology. He joined the faculty of University of Wisconsin–Madison in July 2008 as an professor in Neuroradiology and has affiliate appointments in Psychiatry, Neurology, and the Neuroscience Training Program.

Dr. Prabhakaran’s research laboratory focuses on developing fMRI and other multimodal neuroimaging methods and tools for neurotranslational research involving characterization and treatment of different brain lesions such as vascular lesions-stroke, tumors, and seizure pathology. His research accomplishments include multiple peer-reviewed journal publications including high profile seminal papers in Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience, and Journal of Neurophysiology, and numerous presentations/symposiums at various regional, national, and international meetings which have made both an impact in the scientific as well as the public arena including coverage in NPR, BBC, CBS News, Scientific American, and other media.


  • Medical School Northwestern University - 1995
  • Internship Johns Hopkins Hospital - 2002
  • Residency Johns Hopkins Hospital - 2006
  • Residency Johns Hopkins Hospital - 2004
  • Fellowship Johns Hopkins Hospital - 2008
  • Graduate Stanford Medical School - 2001