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David Kaufman - Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI, US

David Kaufman David Kaufman

Chair and Professor of Neurology | Michigan State University


David Kaufman is an expert in the area of concussions and CTE in the NFL, as well as neuro-ophthalmology issues.





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David Kaufman, D.O. is a Professor and Founding Chair of the Michigan State University Department of Neurology & Ophthalmology. He is also the Assocaite Dean of Clinical Affairs for the College of Osteopathic Medicine. His NIH funded research (over 20 years) is devoted to neuro-ophthalmologic disorders including optic neuritis, anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, anti-cancer medication effects on the eye and optic nerve and idiopathic intracranial hypertension. He served on the National Eye Institute five year national research plan committee. Dr Kaufman is a contributing author of more than 100 publications devoted to neuro-ophthalmology. More recently he has engaging in research related to sports induced mild Traumatic Brain Injury (sport comcussion). He contributed to the literature in this area along with assisting in creation of the MSU concussion consortium. Dr. Kaufman has also been elected to Best Doctors over the last 2 decades and has won 30 teaching awards in his role as an educator at MSU College of Osteopathic and College of Human Medicine.

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Areas of Expertise (8)



Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy


Sports Concussion

Traumatic Brain Injury

Optic Neuritis

Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension

Accomplishments (2)

American Osteopathic Association Presidential Citation for Excellence (professional)

American Osteopathic Association Presidential Citation for Excellence (2006)

Faculty Achievement Award (professional)

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Achievement Award (2016)

Education (5)

Harvard University: Fellowship, Neuro-Ophthalmology

Served at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Fellowship, Visual Electrophysiology

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Residency, Neurology

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine: Medical School

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Undergraduate

Affiliations (5)

  • American Neurological Association: Fellow
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • American College of Neurology and Psychiatry
  • Walsh Society
  • North American Neuro-Opthalmology Society

Journal Articles (5)

Preserved Visual Acuity in Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy Secondary to Giant Cell (temporal) Arteritis.

Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology

2016 To evaluate the prevalence and clinical profile of patients with biopsy-proven arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy presenting with preserved visual acuity of 20/40 or better and those with an initial poor visual acuity of 20/50 or worse through a retrospective chart review.

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A call to arms: the need to create an inter-institutional concussion neuroimaging consortium to discover clinically relevant diagnostic biomarkers and develop evidence-based..

Developmental Neuropsychology

2015 A call to arms: the need to create an inter-institutional concussion neuroimaging consortium to discover clinically relevant diagnostic biomarkers and develop evidence-based interventions to facilitate recovery.

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A potential biomarker in sports-related concussion: brain functional connectivity alteration of the default-mode network measured with longitudinal resting-state fMRI over 30 days.

Journal of Neurotrauma

2014 Current diagnosis and monitoring of sports-related concussion rely on clinical signs and symptoms, and balance, vestibular, and neuropsychological examinations.

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Macular Hole: A Rare Complication of Ocular Bartonellosis

Journal of Neuroophthalmology

A 37-year-old woman presented with an anterior optic neuropathy related to Bartonella henselae. Twenty-nine days after symptom onset, a partial thickness macular hole developed in the involved eye. Fundus photography and optical coherence tomography confirmed the conversion to a full-thickness macular hole in 2 months. Macular hole as a complication of cat scratch disease is a rare entity, with 2 prior reported cases in children. The development of a macular hole following cat scratch disease can appear without the clinical picture of multiple white chorioretinal lesions, macular star, or vitritis.

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Current electrophysiology in ophthalmology: a review

Curr Opinion Ophthalmol

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To summarize current technique, indications, and pitfalls of electrophysiologic testing used in ophthalmology.

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